Learn a few simple techniques to make buttery, tender gluten-free pie crusts, and you can enjoy all manner of delectable fruit-, custard-, and cream-filled pies. Some commercial brands market gluten-free flour mixes formulated to reduce the problematic grittiness and aftertaste that can accompany gluten-free baking ingredients. In general, you can substitute gluten-free all-purpose flour blends for wheat all-purpose flour 1:1 in recipes, though you may need to adjust the other ingredients to... compensate.
To prepare your own gluten-free flour blend at home, it's best to follow a proven recipe as gluten-free flours differ widely in how they respond to the binders, liquids, and leaveners in a recipe. The following gluten-free pie crust recipe provides a tested starting point; read on for delicious suggestions on filling it.
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This buttery, tender gluten-free pie crust resembles shortbread. It can be used as the base for all types of pies and for savory tarts and quiches. A tart pan with a removable bottom makes shaping the pie crust and cutting slices much easier.
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This wildly popular pie originated in the Florida Keys in the mid-19th century and has since achieved the status of an icon. This gluten-free version could fool even the most ardent connoisseur of the Sunshine State's famous dessert.
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A perennial favorite, gluten-free apple pie piles fragrantly spiced apples into a buttery crust. Add a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream for an over-the-top a la mode version of this classic pie.
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This lusciously sweet and tart pie wears a softly peaked meringue crown. Egg yolks, lemon, and butter turn the filling into a bite of sunshine, making this the perfect treat to commemorate a summer afternoon.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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A perennial favorite on the holiday table, this recipe for gluten-free pecan pie makes it easy enough for an ordinary day. An 8- or 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom results in a nice-looking crimped crust and makes cutting pies much easier.
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This lush gluten- and dairy-free coconut custard pie revamps the crustless pie recipes popular about 30 years ago. It requires only one mixing bowl and an ungreased pie plate, making both prep and cleanup a breeze.
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A classic French apple tarte Tatin (tah TAN) follows the upside-down baking method, which cooks the dessert with the crust on top. You invert it onto a serving platter after it cools, which allows the caramelized apples to set into a gooey but structured layer on top.
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There's really no need to segregate your Thanksgiving desserts. This gluten-free pumpkin pie contains all of the flavor and flakiness of a conventional version, so your gluten-free guests can dig in without fear, and everyone else can just enjoy a classic finale to the holiday meal.
But pumpkin pies aren't just for Thanksgiving; the sweet and spicy flavor makes a great finale for grilled chicken or fish at any time of the year.