Video! Basic Gluten-Free Pie Crust (3-methods)

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I’m a dork for pie. No matter the season, this is my go-to basic gluten-free pie crust recipe, with 3 ways to make it depending on your tools. The video is silly. Silly AWESOME (I hope)! Wishing you good things this holiday season and all year ’round,

– Jacqueline

Easy Gluten-Free Pie Crust

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • Gluten-free flour blend: 1/2 cup brown rice flour, 1/2 cup tapioca starch OR arrowroot starch, 1/4 cup millet flour, 3/4 tsp xanthan gum, 2 Tbsp sticky rice flour (this helps pull the dough together – if you don’t have it, add 2 Tbsp more brown rice or millet flour). 
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 Tbsp palm, sucanat, or white sugar (optional)
  •  1 stick unsalted butter, cut into small cubes (higher fat the better)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


If you have a standing mixer, place the flours, salt, and sugar in the bowl and fix with a paddle attachment.  Mix flours to combine thoroughly.  Cube or thinly slice the butter, add to the bowl, toss to mix.  Then mix on low until the butter is just incorporated into the flour, making it look like cornmeal or buttery flakes.  Make a well in the center, add the egg and lemon juice, and mix on low until just combined, to the point where it doesn’t pull into a ball but is about to.  Gather with your hands, wrap in plastic, flatten to a disk and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

If you have a food processor, use the directions above but pulse the butter into the flour, and then the wet ingredients into that mixture.

If you have neither, don’t despair!! You have ten awesome little kitchen gadgets at the ready!  Use the tips of your fingers to blend the butter into the flour, being sure not to use your whole palm or the fleshy part of your fingers (you want as little of the heat from your hands transferring to the dough).  Then use a fork to pull the egg and lemon into the mixture.

Once the dough has been chilled to where it’s not sticky but not too hard to roll, flour a pastry board, parchment paper or Silpat with rice flour, and roll to desired thickness.  Fit into a pie plate, tart plate or slide onto a baking sheet for the perfect galette crust!


  1. Anonymous says:

    My little guy LOVES pie, but just came down with gluten and dairy allergies. If I’m going to replace the butter, should I go with dairy free margarine or just vegetable shortening?


    P.S. any tips on gluten-free gravy?? My first attempt was rather …. um… Solid. :-S

    • I use butter-flavored Earth Balance when not using butter. Shortening is completely different and will toughen the dough up. Earth Balance gifts the crumb almost as well!

      And as far as gravy goes, I use corn starch a tiny bit at a time in my gravy to thicken it. I strain the juices from the turkey and veg, whisk in about 1 tbps cornstarch and then bring up to heat.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    • You know, I don’t actually know! I used to freeze my doughs wi no problem but haven’t tried with this as I usually whip it up quickly and then roll out. I’ll try though. And if you do as well please let me know!

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