I love vegan oil pie crust for a quick anytime pie fix. You only need cheap ingredients, one bowl, and 5 minutes.
Vegan Oil Pie Crust
Traditional pie crust using butter takes a lot of work. You have to painstakingly cut together butter and flour, gently form the dough, and carefully roll out the crust. Butter is also expensive and usually costs $5 a pound. As a full-time MIT student, I can't afford to spend all this time and money!
Fortunately, vegan pie crust made with plain old canola oil is super quick and cheap. Just stir together the ingredients and press into a pan. I'm terrible at rolling out pie crusts, so I'm super happy that there's no rolling pin required.
To be honest, vegan oil pie crust won't blow anybody away with buttery, flaky layers and tastes more like a lightly sweetened, crumbly biscuit. It forms a simple, neutral pie base that pairs well with sweet or savory pies, such as coconut cream meringue pie or chicken pot pie.
- 2 cups of flour
- ½ cup of oil
- ¼ cup of water
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- Mix together all of the ingredients into a large bowl.
- Press into a 9 inch pie pan.
- Cook pie according to recipe.
See my post on chicken pot pie for more pie crust options. You could also make vegan pie crust with other less common fats:
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil: Costs $6 a pound (more than butter!).
- Shortening: Solid fat. Makes flavorless, but flaky pie crust.
- Flour: Adds structure to the pie crust. Using all-purpose flour will yield the most tender results.
- Oil: Adds richness and flakiness. Any neutral flavored oil, such as vegetable or canola, would work. You could also make coconut oil pie crust or olive oil pie crust.
- Water: Helps the vegan oil pie crust form a cohesive dough.
- Sugar: Lightly sweetens the pie crust.
- Salt: Flavors the pie crust.
Step by Step Photos
As a warning, the recipe makes a really thick pie crust. If you'd like a thinner pie crust, you could halve the recipe and use:
- 1 cup of flour
- 1/4 cup of oil
- 2 tablespoons of water
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
Start by measuring the dry ingredients (2 cups of flour, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of salt) into a large bowl. You can eyeball the quantities of sugar and salt.
Add in 1/2 cup of oil and 1/4 cup of water. Stir to combine, and make sure to get rid of any dry flour streaks.
Transfer the vegan oil pie crust to a 9-inch pie pan. It should have the consistency of cookie dough.
Press the vegan oil pie crust evenly into the pie pan. Use the pie crust as called for in the recipe. The pie crust is very thick, so you should make sure the recipes have at least a 30 minute bake time.
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