This Coconut Oil Pie Crust is a delicious vegan pie crust recipe that is easy to make and yields a flaky, flavorful pastry crust. Our recipe will make two 9 inch crusts that are easy to work with and bake beautifully.
In this post we are walking you through exactly how to make this Coconut Oil Pie Crust, and sharing our best tips and tricks for creating a beautiful homemade pie.
This Coconut Oil Pie Crust is easy to lattice as we did on our Blueberry Lime Pie. It’s a durable, stretchy dough so it tolerates the various motions required for a good lattice top. We have also used this crust to make our decadent Caramel Apple Pie which is a perfect blend of silky caramel and apples.
Can I substitute Coconut Oil for Butter in Pie Crust?
Yes, coconut oil can be used in place of butter for pie crust at a 1:1 ratio. Coconut oil is a great choice for those wanting a healthy vegan or non-dairy pastry crust. It will create a strong dough with good lamination for a rich, flaky texture. Coconut oil crusts can be used for sweet or savory pastries so don’t be afraid to use it for a chicken or veggie pot pie.
Refined coconut oil is the best choice for baking and cooking with. It will present a mild flavor so it won’t be too noticeable and interfere with the flavors of your recipe.
Do I need to melt Coconut Oil before baking with it?
Yes, coconut oil works best for baking when it is in liquid form. It will mix and emulsify better when it is warm and smooth, so take the time to melt it before mixing it into your baking recipes; careful not to heat it too much.
How To Make this Coconut Oil Pie Crust
This pie crust will be different from a butter crust, so don’t expect it to behave exactly like a traditional butter pastry dough.
- You make a coconut oil pie crust at room temperature. There is no need to keep it chilled like a butter dough.
- The coconut oil needs be melted and the water temperature just tepid. You don’t want them actually hot. Room temp is perfect.
- If you are making this in a hot kitchen you may want to use cold water and get the coconut oil to just semisolid and not fully melted for best handling. If it is too warm it will be hard to handle and form.
Making the Dough
- Whisk the salt into the flour
- Pour in the coconut oil and whisk it until the flour gets crumbly
- Mix the water into the flour mixture until a dough forms that holds together but is not too gummy.
- The amount of water you need will change depending on your humidity, type of flour and other variables. Start with a little and work the dough until you get it to a workable state.
Tips for handling the Coconut Oil Pie Crust
- Cut the dough into half and make two equal sized balls of dough. Take one ball of dough and place it in the middle of oiled parchment paper.
- Flatten the dough into round shape with your hands.
- Place the top oiled parchment on the flattened circle and then roll it out.
- Roll the dough thin, and then turn the parchment and roll in a circular motion until it’s 2 inches larger than the pie plate, in a nice, even circle.
- Remove the top layer of parchment paper.
- Put your hand under the bottom parchment and invert into your other hand. Carefully place the crust into the pie plate so it is centered.
- Peel off the remaining parchment. Be careful to peel the edges of the dough off the parchment and then peel it back. Keep the parchment fold back, close to the dough.
- Flute the edge, pierce the dough several times with a fork and place a pie weight on the bottom of the crust to prevent the crust bubbly up when baked. Placing a layer of dried beans in the bottom of the crust with parchment paper in between is a great method.
- Bake at 425 degrees F for 10 minutes.
- Lower oven temperature to 350 degrees F and bake another 25 minutes, or until lightly brown.
Building a double Crust Pie
- Pour the pie filling onto the bottom crust.
- Make your top crust as above.
- Place top crust over the filling and flute the edges
- Make several small slits in the top crust
- Whisk an egg white with a bit of water and brush it lightly on the top crust (for vegan use water for brushing)
- Sprinkle sugar onto the top crust if desired
How to flute a pie crust edge
- Fold the top crust over the bottom crust and tuck it under.
- Pinch, with a slight twisting motion the pie dough between your thumbs and forefingers in opposing directions. This takes some practice to master so don’t be discouraged if it’s challenging at first.
- Move to the next section of dough and repeat this action around the pie.
- The idea of fluting is to seal the pie edge. It doesn’t have to be perfect, or even fluted, just sealed. Fluting is a pretty way to do that. Flute or crimp the pie edge and brush with a slightly beaten egg white. Sprinkle sugar lightly over the top if you desire.
- Put some slits in the top to allow steam to escape. This ensures a more even bake all around.
- At this point you can do an egg wash and sprinkle the top with large grind sugar if you want.
- Bake at 425 degrees F for 10 minutes.
- Lower oven temperature to 350 degrees F and bake another 25 to 30 minutes, or until juice is bubbling through the slits and that gorgeous top crust is slightly browned.
- Remove from oven and cool on a rack.
Recipe Yield: One Regular depth Double Coconut Oil Pie Crust-8 servings
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A wonderful pie crust made with coconut oil. This is so easy to do, vegan and almost mess free in the kitchen.
- 2 1/2 Cups flour
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 Cup melted coconut oil
- 6 tablespoons water adjust to your need
- 1 medium egg white slightly whisked (to brush on the finished pie crust)
- Stir salt into flour well.
- Add coconut oil and stir with a fork until the flour forms into tiny, pea sized balls.
- Add water a little at a time...
- Stir until moistened and forms a ball of dough when squeezed gently.
- Divide in half to make 2 dough balls. One for the bottom pie crusts, one for the top. Form each half into a ball.
- Roll out one ball for the bottom crust *see note for tip.
- Lay the rolled pie dough into a regular depth 9 inch pie pan. Adjust the dough so it evenly covers the plate with over hang of about a 1/2 all around.
- Fill the pie plate with desired filling.
- Roll the second ball of dough flat for the top crust.
- Arrange evenly over the pie filling. Cut excess overhang. The top crust needs to be a little longer all around than the bottom crust when trimmed.
- Crimp the top and bottom pie crusts together.
- OPTIONAL TOPPING: whisk an egg white with a tiny bit of water and brush it on the pie crust. Sprinkle sugar over the wet pie crust. This adds a bit of shine and a touch of sweet to the pie top.
- Bake as directed.
For easy handling and rolling out dough for the pie crust: roll it between 2 pieces of oiled parchment paper.
I have worked with saran wrap in the past and it works as well. But I prefer this because it's more supportive of the dough as I maneuver it and peel off the dough. Dough comes off the parchment easily and the dough won't stick!
To protect the pie from darkening more than desired. Bake to desired brown. Now press foil gently around the pie edge or use pie shields.
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Serving Sizeone double crust pie slice
Amount Per Serving Calories 236Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 0mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g
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