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Vegetarian Pie Crust

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Servings: Makes 1 (9-inch) single crust
This pie crust is made with oil, but is just as tender and flaky as a more traditional butter crust.

1 1/2 cups cold unbleached white pastry flour
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup cold canola oil
3-6 tbsp. cold nut milk, non-dairy milk, or ice water

1). Combine flour and salt, mix well. Place in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle in the canola oil (it will be very thick), while gently stirring with a fork, until the mixture resembles coarse meal.

2). Stir in nut milk, non-dairy milk or ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, just until the dough holds together.

3). With your hands, quickly form the dough int a ball, handling it as little as possible. With rolling pin, roll ball of dough out into a circle, approximately 11-12 inches in diameter and 1/8-inch thick.

4). Place rolled out pie dough in a 9-inch pie plate and use right away.

To Prebake or Fully Bake the Crust
To prebake the crust (for pies that will be filled and then baked), place in a preheated 400 degree F (200 C) oven for about 12 to 15 minutes, or until it turns a deep golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool before filling.

To fully bake the crust (for pies that will be filled and chilled, or baked very briefly), place in a preheated 400 degree F (200 C) oven for about 20 minutes or until it turns a rich brown color and is crisp. Remove the crust from the oven, and allow to cool before filling.

Notes: All of the ingredients need to be very cold in order for the crust to turn out correctly. The flour and nut milk, non-diary milk or water can go in the refrigerator, while the canola oil should be placed in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour before use.

Makes 1 (9-inch) single crust

Source: DianasDesserts.com
Date: December 30, 2003


Reviewer: CC
I only chilled the canola oil for 30 minutes but still the crust needed some changes for the dough to be workable. It was extremely difficult to get into the pie pan. End result after baking, my husband said it tasted like nothing and probably couldn't be worse... but the inside of the pie was good.


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