My Preferred Dairy-Free Pie Crust Recipe

A pie made with my dairy-free pie crust recipe

I am a big fan of home made pies. I love all sort of pies, except notably cherry pie, which is a story for another blog post. I’ve made many different kinds of pie: apple, pear, apple and pear, strawberry, rhubarb, strawberry and rhubarb, pumpkin, sweet potato and more.

Yet when I first started trying to make my own pies, I didn’t have a dairy-free pie crust recipe. Moreover, I hadn’t been baking long enough to riff up my own. So, I turned to for an answer. And wow! Did I get a great recipe! Seriously, if you’re looking for new ideas and recipes, is a fantastic place to start.

What follows is Ruth’s Grandma’s Pie Crust, which is a dairy-free pie recipe that is vegetarian and vegan too.

This Recipe Makes

Crusts for two pies, that is, the main crust plus a top crust or lattice crust. (Note: you’ll need to roll the crust a bit more to stretch it into two pies with top crusts, but this recipe will make enough dough.)


  • Large mixing bowl for dry ingredients
  • Small mixing bowl for liquid/wet ingredients
  • A hand-held dough cutter

Ingredients for Diary-Free Pie Recipe

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups vegetable shortening
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup water


About 10-12 minutes to make the crust. As you’ll be making a whole pie and not just crust, don’t forget to allow time to prepare the filling too.


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all-purpose flour, shortening, sugar, and salt. Blend together with a dough cutter until crumbly.
  2. In a small bowl, mix egg with water. Blend into flour mixture. Chill in refrigerator until ready to use.

Pie Dishes for Cooking

As you might expect, I often bake my pies in my favorite cast iron pan. However, when making big meals for lots of people, like on Thanksgiving, I turn to my glass pie dishes. Glass works very well. I like the 9 inch Easy Grab Glass Pie Plate, with the extended lip. That extra 1/2 lip makes it a lot easier to get the pan in and out of the oven.

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