Every baker seems to have strong opinions on their preferred crust-making method. Don’t let that deter you! You can master a homemade vegan pie crust recipe made without butter or lard. It’s perfect for classic apple pies, festive pumpkin pies, fresh fruit pies and even easy no-bakes.
Butter vs. Shortening
With its rich flavor, butter typically comes to mind when making a pie crust. However, it’s a little temperamental and not as forgiving as shortening. We’re using vegetable shortening in this vegan pie crust recipe because it’s a great dairy-free alternative that yields incredibly tender treats.
How to Make a Vegan Pie Crust
I like this traditional pie crust recipe from reader Janet Briggs because it comes together with four simple ingredients.
- 1-¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup vegetable shortening
- 4 to 5 tablespoons cold water
Step 1: Mix it up
Combine your all-purpose flour and salt together in a large bowl. Use a pastry cutter like this ($10) to cut in vegetable shortening until crumbly; stop when the crumbs resemble the size of peas. Add cold water just one tablespoon at a time, mixing with a fork until a ball forms.
Editor’s Tip: You’ll want to make sure you’re measuring flour the right way.
Step 2: Roll it out
Using a rolling pin, roll out pastry to fit a 9-inch or 10-inch pie dish. Transfer to pie dish then trim pastry and flute edges. Want to add a special touch? Use these tips to make a decorative pie crust.
Step 3: Finish and enjoy
Finally, assemble or parbake the pie crust according to your recipe directions. Serve the finished pie with a scoop of vegan ice cream!
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