This 3 Ingredient Pie Crust recipe uses baking staples for a sweet or savory pie crust option that’s so easy to make! We provide a dairy-free option, too.
3 Ingredient Pie Crust vs. Traditional Homemade Pie Crust
Traditional pie crust recipes are made with a combination of all-purpose flour (gluten-free, for us), sugar, butter, and shortening. This mixture creates a dough that is then rolled out and baked until golden.
Meanwhile, this 3 ingredient pie crust is made with a base of bread instead of a flour mixture. Really! It is combined with a few other ingredients in the bowl of a food processor, rolled out, and baked.
As a result, it’s often a lot quicker than traditional recipes. However, we admit that calling it a pie crust is a bit of a stretch. Instead, think of it as more of a pie crust hack.
It’s more delicate and slightly crumblier than traditional crusts and doesn’t work with every recipe. That said, it’s a great way to use up leftovers and is super tasty!
What’s in a 3 Ingredient Pie Crust?
As the name suggests, this crust comes together with just three primary ingredients. However, we add a fourth option so you can have either a savory 3 ingredient pie crust or a sweet one!
- Gluten-Free Bread – Make sure your bread is a type of fluff, soft, white bread such as sandwich bread. Think of it like a white flour. We want the fluffy white bread because it’s versatile and soft. Whole-grain-style varieties or those with added nuts, flax, etc. won’t work well.
- Butter or Oil- Use unsalted butter or refined coconut oil for a dairy-free version. You don’t want to use cold butter like other pie recipes. Instead, allow it to soften first.
- Large Egg – This helps create a richer flavor and acts as a binder, holding the ingredients together. We haven’t tested this recipe with egg substitutes, but don’t think they would work well.
- Cold Water – Adjust as needed.
- Optional Sweetener – If you want a sweet crust option for gluten-free pies, include a dash of sugar or your favorite sweetener of choice.
How to Make an Easy 3-Ingredient Pie Crust Recipe
- Create bread meal. Cut the bread into pieces, and place it in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until a crumbly texture is formed.
- Combine. Add the whisked egg, and pulse a few times to incorporate. Then, add the butter (or coconut oil), and blend again until well combined.
Note: If the batter is too thick and not coming together, add very small amounts of water at a time, and blend. Be very careful not to add too much, or your pie crust will fall apart!
- Chill. Roll the pie dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap, and transfer it to the fridge on its own or in a large bowl to chill.
- Roll. Transfer the chilled pie plate or pie dish to a lightly floured surface, and place a sheet of plastic or parchment paper over the crust. Use a rolling pin to roll it out evenly until it is roughly ⅛ to ¼ inch thick.
Note: This amount of crust will make enough for one 8-inch pie crust or 4-5 hand pies. Adjust according based on the recipe you’re making!
- Form the crust. Fold the dough over an 8-inch pie pan, and gently press the crust against the sides and middle of the pan. Use a sharp knife or scissors to remove any excess dough hanging off the edge, and patch any tears as needed with the extra dough.
- Flute the edges. Use two hands to flute the edges of the pie, and poke holes in the center with a fork.
- Bake. Transfer the 3 ingredient pie crust to a preheated oven, and par-bake or bake completely, depending on your needs.
Pro-Tip: If you plan on using this easy pie crust recipe to make sweet or savory pies with pie filling, brush the pie with egg wash before baking. This will help create a seal, preventing it from becoming soggy!
Video: How to make a 3-ingredient pie crust
Here’s a super quick video, just so you can watch how easy the crust comes together.
What Can I Make with This Recipe?
- Gluten-Free Quiche
- Pot Pies
- No-Bake Pies
- Hand Pies
Can I Use This Recipe for a Top Crust and Bottom Crust?
No, this recipe is too delicate to make a double crust pie. You’ll want a traditional butter pie crust to create a fully enclosed pie.
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