Oil Pie Crust?
Posted 25 November 2008 - 02:22 PM
Posted 25 November 2008 - 04:36 PM
J.L. - celiac & hashimoto's since 2005
gluten, dairy (cow) and soy free
mostly grain, sugar and preservative free
Posted 26 November 2008 - 06:07 AM
The nice thing about gluten-free crust is that since there isn't all that sticky gluten, you don't need so much oil. So, I'd say the key is in how much oil to use. The flours involved do make a difference too, as do the other ingredients. I never use mixes, so I can't say exactly, but with pie crust you can always add more oil until the consistency is right. Therefore I'd start with about 3-4 tbsp, and work up from there. Most gluten-free crust recipes I've seen call for about 1/2 cup (I never use that much), so I don't think it should take more than that.
However, please be advised that wooden cutting boards, wooden rolling pins, wooden spoons, flour sifters, etc cannot be reliably cleaned of gluten. If someone with a kitchen full of gluten is going to make gluten-free stuff and expect it to be safe, there are many precautions to take. The entire area needs to be thoroughly cleaned beforehand. Pots and utensils should be cleaned with gluten-free soap, using new sponges/scrubby pads. Obviously, the sink itself should also be cleaned properly before washing those dishes. I don't know how much a dishwasher could be trusted to do a proper job - never seen one work anywhere near as good as a human being. I've seen posts saying it works ok, though I suppose it depends on a person's sensitivity.
Posted 26 November 2008 - 08:41 AM
I do generally avoid letting other people cook for me, but my MIL is somewhat OCD about her kitchen. There's never a crumb anywhere, and, as a sort of bonus, she hardly ever cooks anymore, much less bake, so there isn't likely to be flour all over everything like there always was in my own kitchen before I went gluten-free.
I'm pretty sure she just uses a fork to mix the dough, and I am going to ask her to roll the pie dough between pieces of plastic or wax paper, so I think we'll be pretty safe. Believe me, I thought long and hard before I settled on this plan! The other celiacs in my extended family have dubbed me the "gluten police."
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