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Perfect Vegan Pie Crust

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At the base of every great pie is a great crust. I’ve used this vegan crust recipe time and time again, and it always results in a stable crust with crunchy yet tender edges, lightly salted flavor, and just a whisper of sweetness. I hope you love it as much as we do!

An assortment of pies on a table

Why this recipe works

  • This crust recipe is ideal for sweet pies of all types. However, if you’d like to make it in a savory pie recipe, simply leave out the sugar called for in the recipe.
  • It is easy to make, using just a handful of easy-to-find ingredients.
  • This crust can be used in recipes that call for par-baked and blind-baked crusts. Simply see the notes section below for instructions.

Looking for some vegan pie recipes?

If you’re looking for some fantastic vegan pie recipes, then you have to try my Vegan Pecan Pie, The Best Vegan Apple Pie, or my Deep Dish Vegan Pumpkin Pie!

For even MORE incredible vegan pie recipes (including chocolate and sweet potato pies!), check out my cookbook, Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner and Pies, available any place books are sold!

Can this crust be made in advance?

  • Yes! The wrapped dough disc can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for up to 4 days, or in the freezer wrapped in two layers of plastic wrap for up to 1 month.

Is it possible to double this recipe?

Absolutely! You can make crust for two pies at the same time. Or, you can double the recipe to make a top crust for your pie, if needed. In either case, simply double the ingredients, blend in your food processor and pour the dough onto your cutting board. From there, divide the dough and form two discs. Wrap each separately in plastic wrap and chill.

How to make Perfect Vegan Pie Crust

  1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, and salt and pulse several times to combine.
  2. Add the shortening one spoonful at a time, spreading the pieces out rather than adding one big mound.
  3. Pulse a few times until the pieces of shortening are small (pea- to bean-sized) and covered in flour.
  4. Add the ice water and pulse a couple more times, just until the dough starts to come together.
pie dough in food processor

5. Transfer this mixture to a flat, lightly floured surface and begin gathering the pieces together with your hands. Form a disc shape, all while trying to handle the dough as little as possible. Note: If the dough feels overly sticky, knead in a few extra pinches of flour. If the dough feels overly dry, gently knead in extra ice water a few drops at a time, all while aiming to handle the dough as little as possible.

pie dough formed into a disc on a floured surface

6. Form the dough into a disc and wrap it in plastic wrap. Use your hands to then smooth over any cracks in the dough.

7. Place disc in the fridge to chill for at least 40 minutes or up to four days. When ready to use, remove from the fridge and let sit at room temperature until the dough becomes pliable yet is still cool. If it becomes too warm, return it to the fridge for a couple minutes to become cool again.

8. To form a bottom crust, place the dough disc on a lightly floured surface and roll into a circle about 1⁄8 inch (0.25 cm) thick. Lightly sprinkle flour on your dough and rolling pin as needed to prevent sticking. Carefully wrap the dough circle around your rolling pin and unroll it across the top of a 9-inch (23-cm) pie plate. Press the sides and bottom to secure the dough to the pie plate. Fold the top edges under themselves and press down to secure.

9. From there, use according to your pie recipe’s instructions .

pie dough rolled out into a large circle
pie dough after being transferred to a pie plate
pie crust used In a pecan pie
Here is this crust used in my pecan pie recipe!

Notes for this recipe

If your recipe calls for a par-baked crust after it has been added to the pie plate, simply pierce the sides and bottom of the crust several times with a fork. Then, bake in a 400 F / 205 C oven for 10 minutes, rotating the plate halfway through baking.

If your recipe calls for a blind-baked crust, follow the same directions as those stated for par-baking above, except extend the baking time to 18-20 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned and sides and bottom appear to be fully cooked.

An assortment of pies on a table

Perfect Vegan Pie Crust

This vegan pie crust recipe results in a stable crust with crunchy yet tender edges, lightly salted flavor, and just a hint of sweetness!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Homemade Pie, Pie Crust, Vegan Pie Crust
Servings: 8 – 10 servings
Calories: 384kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 c. all-purpose flour (187 g), plus more as needed
  • 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar (28 g), (leave out if using in a savory recipe such as pot pie)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. vegetable shortening (77 g)
  • 1/4 c. ice water (59 ml), plus more as needed

Instructions

  • In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, and salt and pulse several times to combine.
  • Add the shortening one spoonful at a time, spreading the pieces out rather than adding one big mound.
  • Pulse a few times until the pieces of shortening are small (pea- to bean-sized) and covered in flour.
  • Add the ice water and pulse a couple more times, just until the dough starts to come together.
  • Transfer this mixture to a flat, lightly floured surface and begin gathering the pieces together with your hands. Form a disc shape, all while trying to handle the dough as little as possible. Note: If the dough feels overly sticky, knead in a few extra pinches of flour. If the dough feels overly dry, gently knead in extra ice water a few drops at a time, all while aiming to handle the dough as little as possible.
  • Form the dough into a disc and wrap it in plastic wrap. Use your hands to then smooth over any cracks in the dough.
  • Place disc in the fridge to chill for at least 40 minutes or up to four days. When ready to use, remove from the fridge and let sit at room temperature until the dough becomes pliable yet is still cool. If it becomes too warm, return it to the fridge for a couple minutes to become cool again.
  • To form a bottom crust, place the dough disc on a lightly floured surface and roll into a circle about 1⁄8 inch (0.25 cm) thick. Lightly sprinkle flour on your dough and rolling pin as needed to prevent sticking. Carefully wrap the dough circle around your rolling pin and unroll it across the top of a 9-inch (23-cm) pie plate. Press the sides and bottom to secure the dough to the pie plate. Fold the top edges under themselves and press down to secure.
  • From there, use according to your pie recipe's instructions .

Notes

This crust recipe is ideal for sweet pies of all types. However, if you’d like to make it in a savory pie recipe, simply leave out the sugar called for in the recipe.
If your recipe calls for a par-baked crust after it has been added to the pie plate, simply pierce the sides and bottom of the crust several times with a fork. Then, bake in a 400 F / 205 C oven for 10 minutes, rotating the plate halfway through baking.
If your recipe calls for a blind-baked crust, follow the same directions as those stated for par-baking above, except extend the baking time to 18-20 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned and sides and bottom appear to be fully cooked.
The wrapped dough disc can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for up to 4 days, or in the freezer wrapped in two layers of plastic wrap for up to 1 month.
If you want to make dough for two pies at once, or you need a top crust as well, simply double the ingredients in the recipe. After blending all of the ingredients and pouring onto your cutting board, divide the dough in two and form two discs. Wrap each separately in plastic wrap and chill from there.

Nutrition

Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 24g
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