Easy Low Carb Pie Crust Recipe
If you are craving pie, having the best keto pie crust is crucial. This recipe for keto pie crust is a shortbread pastry crust, so it tastes similar to an unsweetened, butter cookie and compliments all types of low carb pies, quiches, tarts and cheesecakes. Plus, it is very easy to make and most the ingredients for this almond flour keto pie crust are probably already in your pantry.
This keto pie crust is a pressed in crust so you don’t have to roll out any dough. This makes it easy for create keto pies on a whim since you don’t have to mess with a rolling pin.
Keto Flours for Pie Crust
I love baking with a combination of almond flour and coconut flour. This combination of keto flours provides the closest taste and consistency to regular all-purpose flour. Plus you can easy find both of these flours in the grocery store.
If you are allergic to nuts, you can swap out the almond flour for sunflower seed flour. It is the closest substitute for almond flour and will measure cup for cup in this almond flour pie crust recipe.
What is the Purpose of Xanthan Gum in Keto Baking?
Xanthan gum is used in a lot of keto and gluten-free baking recipes to provide structure and support to the dough. Since many keto recipes are naturally gluten-free, we don’t use tradtional all-purpose flour. The gluten in the flour provides structure and elasticity to form a stretchy, moldable dough. Since we don’t have gluten to help hold our keto dough together, we use xanthan gum instead.
Food Processor or Pastry Blender for Making Pie Crust
Many pie crust recipes call for chilled butter. Bits of cold butter in the pie dough will steam as it crust bakes, creating pockets of air that puff up to form a crispy, flaky pie crust.
My favorite tool for making a shortbread crumb based pie crust is to use a food processor to incorporate the ingredients. Using a food processor easily breaks down the chilled butter into little chunks and combines all the ingredients into a fine crumb so they can be molded into a pie plate with ease. The food processor I use is by Breville.
If you don’t own a food processor, you can combine your pie dough ingredients by using a fork or a pastry blender. Using a fork or a pastry blender will help cut in the cold butter into the rest of the ingredients to form a coarse crumbles for the keto pie crust. This method will take longer than using a food processor but it still gets the job done.
How Long to Bake Keto Pie Crust
To ensure all the components of this tasty keto pie crust come together and melt with the chilled butter, it is best to bake your pie crust before adding any filling. Bake this open-faced pie crust at 350 degrees for 9 to 10 minutes or just until the keto crust starts to turn golden brown along the edges.
Where to Buy Pre-made Keto Pie Crust?
Unless you live near a keto bakery, it’s next to impossible to find a pre-made keto pie crust in the store. As the keto diet is becoming more and more popular that may change. Fortunatly, this recipe for shortbread crust is very easy to make and you probably already have most of these ingredients in your cupboard or pantry.
If you really don’t want to bother with having to make a keto crust, a good option is to use Lolli’s Cookie Clusters. These are soft, chunks of low carb cookies that can be pressed into a pie pan to create a delicious keto cookie crust for any pie or cheesecake.
What Recipes Can I Make with Keto Pie Crust?
This keto pie crust can be used for any pie or cheesecake recipe. I have even used it for dessert bars. The crust is strudy and doesn’t break off when you slice into it. Try some of these recipes with this delicious low carb pie crust.