Lower-fat Homestyle Pie Crust


I know, I know. I already used that picture on my blog, but this time I’m including the recipe with it, so that’s totally different, right? And this is just in time for Thanksgiving!

I’ve been playing with two versions of pie crust for a while now. One that is flaky and the one above which is a lot like the Amish pies we see around here, but without the lard. I think of this one as homestyle. Not only is it lard-less, it’s also a bit lower fat* as pie crusts go.

Lower-Fat Homestyle Pie Crust
Makes 2 crusts

3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons vegan shortening, cold
2 tablespoons vegan margarine, cold
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2/3 cup cold water

In a medium bowl, combine the flour and salt. Add the shortening and margarine, cutting them in until the mixture resembles peas. Using a fork, stir in the vinegar and water until the mixture forms a ball. Divide in two and roll each into a 14 to 15 inch round on a lightly floured surface.

Fill, bake, and enjoy!

*Typical recipes use 2/3 to 1 cup of shortening/margarine from what I can tell.

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6 Comments

  1. Posted November 16, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    for some reason I never make pie crust, it is like the one thing I don’t do homeade. I need to try your recipe because we have been making a lot of pie lately and it is silly to keep buying the crusts!

  2. Posted November 16, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    That looks like some great pie. I’ve never tried making my own pie crust before!

  3. Posted November 16, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    i see no problem with reusing a pic! if it’s a good one, why mess with it!?

    vegan homestyle pie crust. those are the sort of recipes i need for my essential vegan baker recipe collection. looks like perfection. :)

  4. Posted November 16, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    you can reuse that picture all you like – and i’ll take every opportunity to drool over it. ah ha ha! your homestyle pie crust looks wonderful, Tami! we make a gluten-free one, but i’m gonna try your lower-fat recipe and just switch out the flour. thanks so much!

  5. Posted November 18, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    I am also ok with a repeat picture. Pie is always good.

  6. Gauri Radha गौरी राधा
    Posted December 5, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    A slice of vegan pie sounds perfect right now!!

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