MAKES ONE  (9-inch) STANDARD OR DEEP-DISH PIECRUST

This recipe by Jeffrey Larsen shows how to make the ultimate GF piecrust—with vegan variations. (Just replace the butter with an equal amount of Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks, and replace the sour cream with 2 tablespoons cold water.) Put this recipe in your back pocket and pull it out again and again for quiches and pies. FYI, This dough doesn’t need to rest in the refrigerator before use. But you can wrap it in plastic and refrigerate it for a night or freeze it for a month or more; just bring it back to room temperature before you roll it.

 

1/2 cup (60 grams) brown rice flour, plus more for rolling the dough

1/3 cup (34 grams) tapioca starch

1/3 cup (48 grams) potato starch (not potato flour)

1/4 cup (34 grams) sweet rice flour

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon xanthan gum

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 cup (4 ounces/1 stick) cold, unsalted butter, diced

1 1/2 tablespoons sour cream, or 2 tablespoons ice water (for vegan)

1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar

 

In a medium bowl or food processor, mix together the 1/2 cup brown rice flour, the tapioca starch, potato starch, sweet rice flour, sugar, xanthan gum, and salt. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or a fork until it forms pea-size pieces. Add the sour cream and rice vinegar and combine with your hands.

Turn the dough out onto the counter and knead gently. If it seems dry, add 1 teaspoon of cold water at a time and knead the dough until it’s smooth.

Sprinkle a sheet of parchment paper with brown rice flour. Flatten the dough into a disk on the paper. Sprinkle it with a little more brown rice flour and roll it out until the dough is 11 to 12 inches in diameter.

Invert a 9-inch pie plate on top of the dough. Slip one hand under the parchment paper while holding the pie plate with the other hand. Carefully flip the whole thing over so the dough is on the pie plate.

Carefully peel off the paper while easing the dough into the plate. Gently press the dough into the pie plate, press any cracks together, and trim the edges of the dough so they just reach the edge of the pie plate. (You can use the trimmings to patch any breaks.)

To create a decorative edge, make a pattern with a spoon or fork; if the spoon sticks to the dough, dip it in GF flour before each use. Prick the crust with a fork on the bottom and partway up the sides. Use the piecrust or freeze it, wrapped well in plastic wrap, for future use.

 

Photo credit: Maren Caruso