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Pie Shop Tip #6–Glazing for DF Crust Made with Leaf Lard

by Karen on November 25th, 2015
pie on the left- eggs and butter, pie on the right -lard and water

pie on the right -made with leaf lard


Many of you know that I worked a Seattle area pie shop and also operated my own farmers market booth.  With all that baking I learned a lot and the long lines at our booth was all the proof I needed to know we were doing things right. Here are some tips to help you with your pie baking…..the sixth tip in our series.  The first five tips addressed our method for making the dough, prep for easy roll out,  avoiding sticky dough,  pie sugar, and Glazing for Crust Made with Eggs and Butter.

Glazing for DF Crust Made with Leaf Lard

There are many methods for creating a golden hue on a pie crust. The pie shop brushed theirs with milk and a sprinkling of sugar.   If you cannot use eggs or dairy then the fat you want to use is leaf lard or shortening to make a good pie crust. The photo above used this method along with a glaze:

  1. Before placing the pie in the oven brush it with a dairy free milk and sprinkle with sugar.
  2. Upon removing the pie from the oven brush it with  a bit of apricot preserves mixed with a little water to thin it.

(Recipes for DF EF GF crust along with our regular crust made with eggs and butter are in our book Cooking Gluten Free for the Holidays, see below. )

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Thank you and stay warm!

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