Vegan All-Butter Flaky Pie Crust

This vegan pie crust recipe is flavorful, flaky, and made with vegan butter. When baked it has the most beautiful scrumptious golden color. It’s perfect for making sweet and savory pies. Vegan All-Butter Flaky Pie Crust is also super quick and easy to make (especially when using a food processor), it requires only 4 ingredients, and it can also be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge, or freezer! Hellllooooo pie crust perfection! No need to buy a store-bought pie crust ever again.

This vegan pie crust recipe is flavourful, flaky, and made with vegan butter. When baked it has the most beautiful golden color. It's perfect for making sweet and savory pies. Vegan All-Butter Flaky Pie Crust it's quick and easy to make (especially when using a food processor), requires only 4 ingredients, and it can also be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge, or freezer!

I’ve already shared my recipe for my shortening based vegan pie crust, and while that recipe is still a favorite of mine, there were many requests for a pie crust recipe that doesn’t require shortening. Not only is this recipe just as easy to make as my original version, but it is tender, easy to shape (even though I am terrible at making pretty pies), and full of delicious buttery flavor! These are my best tips for a delicious vegan pie crust:

  • Vegan Butter (recommended for best flavor). Shortening is completely flavorless so when making a pie crust with shortening, it is pretty bland in flavor. To make a pie crust that is not only flaky but also rich in flavor, using vegan butter is key. And not just any vegan butter either! For this recipe, I recommend Earth Balance Original Buttery Spread. It has a perfect buttery taste and it is firm enough that it holds up in this recipe. (See recipe notes for more info).
  • Keep everything cold! For the best flaky texture, you need to ensure everything is cold. Make sure your butter and plant-based milk are fridge cold, and I also recommend chilling your tools. Pop your bowl, pastry cutter, fork, or food processor blade in the fridge or freezer for a bit before using. Limit touching the dough as much as possible as your hands will warm the dough. I also recommend chilling the dough once it is formed, before rolling it. If the dough gets too warm it can make for a chewier pie crust, which isn’t what we are going for!
  • Use a Tea Towel. This is a tip I got from my Grandma. Use a smooth tea towel. A cotton one will work perfectly, just don’t try this on terry cloth. Sprinkle the towel with a bit of flour. You are going to roll your dough out on top of the floured tea towel. I promise it won’t stick as long as you flour it. This just makes it much easier to pick up the pastry and get it in the pie dish in one piece.
  • Aquafaba (the liquid in a can of chickpeas). If you are making a double pie crust, and want the perfect golden color, I recommend generously brushing the top of the pie crust with aquafaba before baking. You won’t taste any bean flavor, I promise. I find this helps achieve the best color. If making a sweet pie, you can optionally sprinkle the pie crust with sugar before baking for a little extra sparkle.

This vegan pie crust recipe is flavourful, flaky, and made with vegan butter. When baked it has the most beautiful golden color. It's perfect for making sweet and savory pies. Vegan All-Butter Flaky Pie Crust it's quick and easy to make (especially when using a food processor), requires only 4 ingredients, and it can also be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge, or freezer!

Questions about this Easy Vegan All-Butter Flaky Pie Crust:

  • What can I use instead of shortening?
    • Good news! There is no shortening needed for this recipe. After publishing my original pie crust recipe which calls for shortening, I had many requests for a shortening-free version, so here is your answer.
  • Is there a substitute for butter?
    • This recipe requires vegan butter, this is also called vegan margarine. When baking, my go-to vegan butter is always Earth Balance Orignal Buttery Spread (not sponsored). Different brands will work differently, so if you are able to get this butter, I can guarantee this recipe will work wonderfully for you. If this brand is not available to you, just try to find a vegan butter that stays relatively firm at room temperature. Anything that melts at room temperature (such as vegan butters that are high in coconut oil) will be very difficult to work with.
  • Can I substitute oil for butter?
    • Not for this recipe. For the best buttery flavor and flaky texture, I recommend using vegan butter. There are definitely recipes for oil-based pie crusts, but instead of trying to adapt this recipe, for the best result, I recommend following a recipe specifically written for oil.
  • How do you make vegan pie crust in the food processor?
    • It’s super easy and is actually my favorite way to make pie crust. In this recipe, I include instructions for making pie crust in a bowl, or in a food processor. You can use your regular S-blade, and just follow the instructions below.

How to make Vegan Pie Crust:

Pulse the flour and sugar together. Add the butter to make a crumbly texture.

Food processor method: Add the flour and sugar into the food processor and pulse a few times to mix. Scatter the vegan butter cubes over the flour and pulse several more times until the mixture is a crumbly sandy texture.

Bowl method: (Click here to see photos of the bowl method). Add the flour and sugar into a large bowl and whisk to combine. Scatter the vegan butter cubes over the flour and use a fork or pastry cutter to cute the butter into the flour until you reach a crumbly sandy texture.

Now pulse in the plant-based milk.

Food processor method: Pour over the plant-based milk and pulse a few more times until you reach a shaggy dough but there is still some unmixed flour (don’t over mix or the dough will become tough). Turn the dough onto a clean work surface and use your hands to gather everything into a ball of dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 20 minutes before continuing.

Bowl method: Drizzle the plant-based milk across the flour mixture and use the fork to combine, until you reach a shaggy dough but there is still some unmixed flour (don’t over mix or the dough will become tough). Turn the dough onto a clean work surface and use your hands to gather everything into a ball of dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 20 minutes before continuing.

Turn the dough onto a clean work surface and form into a ball.

Turn the dough onto a clean work surface and use your hands to gather everything into a ball of dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 20 minutes before continuing.

Roll the dough on a clean tea towel. This makes it easy to pick up!

To roll the dough: Spread a clean smooth tea towel over your work surface and lightly sprinkle flour over it. Unwrap your dough and place it in the center of the floured tea towel. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough until you have a rough circle that is several inches bigger than your pie dish, to allow room for the sides and edges of the crust. Use the tea towel to help you flip the dough into the pie dish. Use a knife to cut off the excess pastry around the edges. If there are any holes, fill them with some of the extra pieces. Pinch the edges to form a pretty pie crust.

Brush the pie with aquafaba

If making a double pie crust, double this recipe. When rolling the dough, cut the dough ball in half and work with half of the dough at a time. You can use the second half of the dough to make the top layer. Before baking, brush the top generously with aquafaba, and optionally you can sprinkle it with sugar. This will ensure a nice golden brown crust.This vegan pie crust recipe is flavourful, flaky, and made with vegan butter. When baked it has the most beautiful golden color. It's perfect for making sweet and savory pies. Vegan All-Butter Flaky Pie Crust it's quick and easy to make (especially when using a food processor), requires only 4 ingredients, and it can also be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge, or freezer!

Fill and bake your pie according to the pie recipes instructions you are following. This is the best dairy-free pie crust ever! It is perfect for my famous Easy Vegan Pumpkin Pie recipe, my Vegan Tourtiere (vegan meat pie), my Easy Vegan Butter Tarts, the Best Vegan Apple Pie Ever, or any other pie recipe you are following.

Isn’t this vegan all-butter flaky pie crust a thing of beauty? I’m really not the best at latticework, but even with my messy technique it still turned out gloriously if I do say so myself. 🙂

Bon appetegan!

Sam Turnbull

Vegan All-Butter Flaky Pie Crust

This vegan pie crust recipe is flavourful, flaky, and made with vegan butter. When baked it has the most beautiful golden color. It’s perfect for making sweet and savory pies. It’s quick and easy to make (especially when using a food processor), requires only 4 ingredients, and it can also be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge, or freezer!

Prep Time20 mins

Total Time20 mins

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Servings: 1 9″ pie crust (double the recipe to make a double pie crust, see notes)

Calories: 173kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour (plus more for rolling)
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar (plus more for sprinkling)
  • ½ cup cold vegan butter cut into cubes (I used Earth Balance Original Buttery Spread)
  • ¼ cup cold plant-based milk (such as oat or soy)
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons aquafaba (the liquid in a can of chickpeas) (optional, for making a double pie crust)

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Instructions

To make the dough:

  • Food processor method: Add the flour and sugar into the food processor and pulse a few times to mix. Scatter the vegan butter cubes over the flour and pulse several more times until the mixture is a crumbly sandy texture. Pour over the plant-based milk and pulse a few more times until you reach a shaggy dough but there is still some unmixed flour (don’t over mix or the dough will become tough). Turn the dough onto a clean work surface and use your hands to gather everything into a ball of dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 20 minutes before continuing.Bowl method: Add the flour and sugar into a large bowl and whisk to combine. Scatter the vegan butter cubes over the flour and use a fork or pastry cutter to cute the butter into the flour until you reach a crumbly sandy texture. Drizzle the plant-based milk across the flour mixture and use the fork to combine, until you reach a shaggy dough but there is still some unmixed flour (don’t over mix or the dough will become tough). Turn the dough onto a clean work surface and use your hands to gather everything into a ball of dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 20 minutes before continuing.

To roll the dough:

  • Spread a clean smooth tea towel over your work surface and lightly sprinkle flour over it. Unwrap your dough and place it in the center of the floured tea towel. Roll out the dough until you have a rough circle that is several inches bigger than your pie dish, to allow room for the sides and edges of the crust.

  • Use the tea towel to help you flip the dough into the pie dish. Use a knife to cut off the excess pastry around the edges. If there are any holes, fill them with some of the extra pieces. Pinch the edges to form a pretty crust.

To Pre-Cook Your Pie Crust (optional):

Notes

Keep Everything Cold: For the flakiest pie crust, it’s important to keep your ingredients cold. It’s also helpful to chill your tools (bowl, pastry cutter, food processor blade, rolling pin, etc.) in the fridge before you begin.
Vegan Butter: When baking, my go-to vegan butter is always Earth Balance Orignal Buttery Spread (not sponsored). Different brands will work differently, so if you are able to get this butter, I can guarantee this recipe will work wonderfully for you. If this brand is not available to you, just try to find a vegan butter that stays relatively firm at room temperature. Anything that melts at room temperature (such as vegan butters that are high in coconut oil) will be very difficult to work with.
Double Pie Crust: If making a double pie crust, double this recipe. When rolling the dough, cut the dough ball in half and work with half of the dough at a time. You can use the second half of the dough to make the top layer. Before baking, brush the top generously with aquafaba, and optionally you can sprinkle it with sugar. This will ensure a nice golden brown crust.
Make-ahead/ Freezing: If you would like to prep the pie dough ahead of time, prepare the pie dough up to the dough ball stage. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and place in a sealable bag. Store in the fridge for up to 3 days, or you can freeze it.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving (⅛th of a single layer pie crust) | Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 95mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 568IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg



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