Low Carb Pastry Crust
The quest for a flaky, buttery pastry was harder than you’d think; many combinations of standard low-carb ingredients created a dull-tasting, dry crust. Since the crust is the most important part of a good pie, we fine-tuned this recipe with over 20 test bakes; the result is a light and flaky pastry with a rich taste, extremely close to that of a traditional pie crust. The main difference, conveniently, is that this pastry is more like cake batter in the way it is prepared, as it requires no rolling.
1. Place all crust ingredients into a food processor, and process on full power for 1 minute until smooth. You should have a mixture that resembles thick cake batter. If you are making a top crust, divide the mixture into 2 parts and see step 2; if you are making a bottom crust only, skip to step 3 and place all of the dough into the dish.
2. Form the top crust for the pie: place a rectangle of parchment paper onto a baking sheet. Trace the outline of a 9-inch pie dish onto the rectangle. Place half of the crust batter onto the parchment paper and use a spoon to spread it out to form a smooth, even layer, following the outline. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for at least 30 minutes or until needed.
3. Line the 9-inch round pie dish with parchment paper and use a spoon to spread the remaining half of the batter into a pie crust. Place the dish in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
4. Prepare your filling of choice; this crust works well for tarts, quiches, and pies.
5. Preheat the oven to 325F/165C.
6. When you are ready to prepare the pie, remove the pie dish from the freezer and pour in the filling. Remove the pie crust top from the freezer, carefully peel away the parchment paper, and place the disc of dough on top of the filling with the smooth side facing up. Allow the crust to warm slightly, then press the 2 crusts together, crimp with a fork, and brush with egg wash.
7. Place the pie in the oven and bake for 45 minutes until golden-brown. Remove the pie from the oven and allow to cool, then chill for at least 3 hours before serving.
For a savory crust simply omit the Sola® sweetener.
This pastry bakes at a lower temperature than typical flour-based pastry; for best results, cook any pie filling before placing into the dough.
Makes: 12 servings
Prep time: 30 minutes (plus chilling)
Cooking time: 45 minutes
For a Pie Crust with a Top
- 3 cups (285 g) finely ground almond flour
- 2 sticks (230 g) unsalted butter, softened
- 2 egg whites
- ½ cup (56 g) low-moisture mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 2 tablespoons Sola® sweetener
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
Pie Crust without a Top
- 1½ cups (143 g) finely ground almond flour
- 1 sticks (113 g) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 egg white
- ¼ cup (28 g) low-moisture mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1 tablespoon Sola® sweetener
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
Pie Crust with Top
- Calories (kcal) 315
- Fat (g) 30
- Saturated Fat (g) 11
- Protein (g) 8
- Carbohydrates (g) 8
- Dietary Fiber (g) 3
- Total Sugars (g) 1
- Sola® Sweetener (g) 2
- *Net carbs (g) 3
Pie Crust without Lid
- Calories (kcal) 160
- Fat (g) 15
- Saturated Fat (g) 6
- Protein (g) 4
- Carbohydrates (g) 4
- Dietary Fiber (g) 1.5
- Total Sugars (g) 0
- Sola® Sweetener (g) 1
- *Net carbs (g) 1.5
*Total net carbs assist you in tracking carbohydrates that impact blood sugars. Dietary fiber and Sola® sweetener should be subtracted from total carbohydrates since they minimally impact blood sugar.