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Vegan Pie Crust

The ultimate vegan pie crust recipe that comes together in a food processor with less than 10 minutes of hands-on prep. Made using vegan buttermilk for a tender, flaky, buttery, and flavorful pastry.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 10
Calories 310kcal

Ingredients

  • 80 ml non-dairy milk chilled
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 320 g plain flour
  • 235 g vegan block butter chilled, cut into cubes
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter for glazing
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar optional

Instructions

Method when using food processor

  • To make the vegan buttermilk, add the non-dairy milk and apple cider vinegar to a bowl and place in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  • Add the flour and sea salt to the food processor and blitz for a minute until evenly mixed. Add in the cold cubed vegan butter and pulse the mixture until roughly combined, about 20-30 seconds (see images in the blog post above for reference). Add the ice-cold vegan buttermilk to the food processor and blitz again for 10-25 seconds until combined.
  • Turn out the pastry onto a lightly floured surface and gently shape it into 2 separate discs. Wrap the pastry discs in plastic wrap and place it in the fridge to chill for at least an hour.

Method when making by hand

  • Add the flour and salt to a large bowl and mix well. Add in the cold butter cubes and rub the butter into the pastry with your fingertips using the rubbing in method. You should be left with almost a crumb consistency, but do not overwork the dough, a few lumps of butter in the mixture are fine.
  • Add the cold buttermilk to the bowl and carefully bring the dough together using your hands. Turn out the pastry onto a lightly floured surface and gently shape it into 2 separate discs. Wrap the pastry discs in plastic wrap and place it in the fridge to chill for at least an hour.

Rolling out the dough

  • Preheat your oven to 200°C (392°F).
  • Remove the dough discs from the fridge and allow them to sit at room temperature for 5 minutes before rolling out. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one of the dough discs to a circumference wider than your pie tin. Carefully lift the pastry into the tart tin using your rolling pin.
  • Gently press the dough into the base and sides of the tin, being careful not to stretch it. Use scissors to trim off the excess pastry around the edges of the pan. To crimp the edges of the dough using the pinch method as shown in this video. You can also crimp the edges using a fork. Pierce several holes into the base of the pastry using a fork.
  • Roll out the second pastry disc, add the pie filling to the pie, and top with the second round of pastry. Trim and crimp the edges of the top layer of crust.
  • Melt the 2 tablespoons of vegan butter and brush it on top of the pastry in an even layer. Sprinkle with granulated sugar.

Baking the pie crust

  • Bake in your oven which has been preheated to 200°C (392°F) for 20 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 190°C (374°F) and bake for another 30 minutes until golden brown.

Storage

  • You can freeze the uncooked pastry in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw it in the fridge overnight before using. It can also be stored in the fridge for 3 days prior baking wrapped well in plastic wrap.

Notes

  • Make sure that you work with cold fats. The vegan butter and vegan buttermilk both need to be cold for the best results and to get a crisp flaky pastry shell.
  • Measure the recipe in grams: As with all baking, measuring with a kitchen scale will always give you the most accurate results. If you plan on using cups, check out how to measure flour without a scale on Ambitious Kitchen.

Nutrition

Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 4g | Sodium: 409mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 138IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 2mg