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I know pie crusts are one of the easiest things to make, but for some reason, I have always had trouble making them. In the “old days”, I would just buy the pre-made crusts, but recently, I decided that i needed to just suck it up and come up with a recipe for a homemade crust. In addition, I wanted one that was gluten free. After some experimenting, I came up with the following. Tastes great with sweet and savory dishes alike.
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“Virgin Palm Oil is palm oil that is traditionally made and maintains the natural nutrients of carotenes (precursors to Vitamin A) and the antioxidant tocotrienols (Vitamin E). Palm oil comes from a tropical palm tree (elaeis guineensis – NOT the same as coconut palm trees), which is native to the tropical areas of Africa, where it grows wild. It is a traditional oil used for more than 5000 years in African countries, where small-scale family farms flourish. The palm oil palm was introduced to South East Asia in the early 1900s, and Malaysia is now the world leader in exports of palm oil (Tropical Traditions does NOT source palm oil from there.) Being an introduced crop to Asia, they are mainly harvested from large plantations. Tropical Traditions Virgin Palm Oil comes from West Africa, NOT South East Asia. You can be sure we are not selling anything from Sumatra or areas destroying habitat. That's not who we are as a company. Our palm oil pages make this clear also. Our palm shortening, for example, comes from South America and is certified by ProForest. Our virgin palm oil comes from Africa produced sustainably by small-scale producers.”
Gluten Free Pie Crust
makes 1 thick crust or 2 thin crusts – I have linked to the products from my affiliate partners that I personally use and recommend.
- 3/4 cup sifted coconut flour
- 1/2 cup palm shortening
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 2 pastured eggs
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
1. Preheat the oven to 375.
2. Whiz the coconut flour, shredded coconut, and salt in a food processor and pulse until well combined.
3. Add the eggs and palm shortening and continue to pulse until the dough forms a ball.
4. Remove the dough from the food processor. If you want two crusts, split the mixture in two at this point. You can refrigerate this dough if you're not quite ready to make your crusts.
5. Since this has no gluten in it, you won't be able to roll this crust out as easily as you would a normal wheat pie crust. I've found the easiest way to work the dough is to place the mixture in your pie plate and press firmly into the pan, working it evenly up the sides and along the bottom of the dish. I use a small, smooth drinking glass to roll out the dough in the pan and it works pretty well.
6. Using a fork, poke some holes in the bottom of the crust.
7. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
8. Remove and let cool completely before adding your favorite pie fillings. It also works great for quiches.