Rice Flour Pastry
Good but delicate and is gluten free.
- Ready In:
- 1 cup rice flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄3 cup shortening
- 3 tablespoons cold water
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
- From the rice flour box: "rice flour pastry is very delicate and may break in handling, however it does repair readily and there is no worry of toughening the pastry from overhandling; Some cracks may appear in baked product".
- Combine rice flour, sugar, salt and baking powder.
- Cut in shortening until mixture is crumbly.
- Combine water and vanilla.
- Stir into flour mixture just until moistened.
- With floured hands, press into 9 inch pie plate.
- OR form dough into ball and roll between two sheets of waxed paper to about 1/8 inch thickness.
- Remove top paper.
- Turn into pie plate.
- Remove remaining paper.
- Carefully fit into pie plate.
- Flute edges.
- For filled pies, bake crust at 375°F for 5 minutes.
- Then fill and bake pie according to recipe.
- For baked pie shell, line with aluminum foil and sprinkle with dried beans, bake at 425°F for 12 minutes.
- Remove foil and beans.
- Bake 5 minutes longer or until lightly browned.
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This was an easy dough to make. I made this as the base for an apple tart (Ontario Northern Spy apples) and it came out quite nicely, considering I'm really not a practiced pastry chef. I added a couple of spoons of potato starch, a pinch of guar gum and a little powdered ginger into the mix. You really need to use the full amount of shortening. I believe it would be desirable to get a crust that is similar to shortbread, which is the texture and flavour I got, yet not too friable. After pre-baking as above, I baked the tart filled for 45 minutes at 375. The apples (sprinkled with cinnamon and custard powder) were fabulous, and the dough held together just fine.2Reply
The good side of this recipe: it is gluten free, tastes good, and is very easy to prepare. The down side: It crumbles to ashes the moment it is touched...and it is very "dry" in the mouth... it sort of coats the mouth like peanut butter does... The taste is very nice, but Im not sure I would try making a pie crust out of this for guests, simply because I would fear that it would crumble to pieces. I think it would be a nice crust for a milk pie, or maybe a coconut cream pie. The flavor wont match with everything, but could definitely be a great asset to those who cannot eat gluten. I will try this recipe again, for sure. Thanks Derf.1Reply