Easy as Pie
Summer is just not summer without a fresh berry pie. I dream of this sweet treat and am greeted with warm June Cleaver-esque memories of a beautiful bright red cherry lattice pie, cooling in the window above a perfectly manicured bed of flowers. I can smell the tender, brown crust and see the tart scarlet cherries sparkle in the warm sunshine. The red juice spills into the crust’s intricate weaving and stains the coarse sugar dotting the pie’s flaky topping. To me, fresh cherry pie just screams of happy summer barbeques and carefree summer living.
In reality, cherry pies are not that carefree and not as easy as June Cleaver makes it look; especially when you are gluten free. To make a gluten free pie crust takes a little time but is completely worth it in the end.
Here’s an easy gluten free pie crust recipe to try:
2 3/4 cups all purpose gluten free flour
1 cup cold butter plus an extra Tablespoon
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons white sugar
4 Tablespoons cold water
2 Tablespoons course sugar (for sprinkling)
Simply mix together the flour, salt, and white sugar. Cut up the 1 cup butter into tiny pieces and knead into flour mixture. Add a Tablespoon of water at a time and knead with your hands until the butter is fully incorporated and you have a nice pliable dough. If the dough is too dry and crumbles in your hand, add another Tablespoon of water and knead.
Cut the dough in half. Roll one half out onto a lightly gluten free floured surface. Place the rolled dough into your pie pan. Add your favorite fruit filling on top of the crust. Roll out the other half of the dough.
Slice the dough into long strips for lattice weaving, or layer the whole circle of dough on top of the fruit for a plain pie crust. Cut excess dough from the sides of the pie dish, and fluke the edges together to form a nice, uniform seam.
Brush 1 Tablespoon butter onto the upper pie crust and sprinkle with course sugar. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.
For a little more of an intricate recipe, try Shauna’s at http://glutenfreegirl.com/gluten-free-pie-crust/ and try her take on the perfect pie recipe.
Pair the pie with some great gluten free burgers on Udi’s buns! We love hearing your feedback and recipies so share with us and tell us what you think!