Mini gluten free strawberry rustic pies with a sprinkle of icing sugar

Gluten Free Strawberry Rustic Pies {Without a Pie Dish}

Quick and easy gluten free strawberry rustic pies made without a pie dish; a must if you love homemade pies but not the time it usually takes to makes them!

Nothing beats a homemade pie and to me this is especially true since being gluten free. With the high price tag of gluten free pre-made pies and most of them being a huge disappointment at the best of times, us coeliacs and gluten intolerants of the world are often left with homemade being the only option. But let’s face it it’s not something most of us often find time to make from scratch and this is where rustic pie crusts come to the rescue!

These are so much easier and quicker to make than ‘normal’ pies. All you have to do is roll the dough (or even just squish it with your fingers – I’m not ashamed to say this is what I do lol), add the filling and fold the sides over. It doesn’t get simpler than that really! No faffing around with trying to fit the dough in the pie dish only to have it crumble to pieces – because if you’re gluten free then you probably know that this isn’t always a simple task lol – and no need to create a top layer either… or worse, a lattice pie crust which can be really beautiful, but a little time consuming.

So if homemade pies are something you usually avoid making from scratch at home, try the rustic kind next time. 👌

Mini gluten free strawberry rustic pies with a sprinkle of icing sugar.

Gluten Free Strawberry Rustic Pies Recipe:

How to Make Gluten Free Strawberry Rustic Pies {Without a Pie Dish}
 
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These mini gluten free rustic pies are so easy to make and work great with both sweet and savoury fillings. There is no need for a pie dish; just roll or smush the dough, add filling in the centre and fold the sides over.
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Recipe type: Baking
Serves: 6 small pies
Ingredients
For the dough:
  • 130g gluten free flour blend (I used Doves Farm self-raising)
  • ½ tsp sugar (omit if making savoury pies)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 55g unsalted butter
  • 40g (2-3 Tbsp) plain Greek style yoghurt
  • 1 large egg (50g) = ½ for the dough and the other half to use as egg wash
If using a plain flour blend, also add:
  • ¾ tsp xanthan gum
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
Strawberry pie filling:
  • 15 strawberries
  • 40g (3 Tbsp) granulated sugar
  • 15g (2 Tbsp) cornflour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
Notes
BAKING INSTRUCTIONS:

10 mins at 220C / 425F
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20 mins at 175C / 345F
Nutrition Information
Calories: 150 (without filling)

Directions

How to make the dough:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 220C (425F) and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Mix the flour, sugar and salt in a bowl.
  3. Add the butter (cold, straight out of the fridge) and mix with the flour using your hands until you reach a crumbly texture.
    Mini gluten free strawberry rustic pies: making the pie dough / mixing the butter and dry ingredients until you reach a crumbMini gluten free strawberry rustic pies: making the pie dough / mixing the butter and dry ingredients until you reach a crumb
  4. Add the yoghurt and egg and work the dough with your hands for a couple of minutes, until you can form a dough ball. Note: add the yoghurt slowly and stop when the consistency feels right (it should be sticky, but not to the point of being completely unmanageable).
    Mini gluten free strawberry rustic pies: making the pie dough
  5. Put the dough in a ziplock bag or wrap in cling film and freeze for about 30 minutes (this makes the dough easier to handle).

 

How to make the pies:

  1. Cut the dough into 6 portions and roll them between your palms to make balls.
    Mini gluten free strawberry rustic pies: making the pie dough
  2. Dust your working surface with a bit of flour (I recommend using a sheet of baking paper to prevent sticking) and roll the dough balls into it to completely cover the outer layer with flour.
    Mini gluten free strawberry rustic pies: making the pie crust
  3. Then flatten the dough, either with a rolling pin or by simply smushing it with your hands, and smooth the edges with a knife or spoon.
    Mini gluten free strawberry rustic pies: making the pie crust
  4. Mix the strawberry filling ingredients together, add some in the centre and carefully fold the edges over to tuck the filling in.
    Mini gluten free strawberry rustic pies: adding the filling and folding the sides over
  5. Carefully transfer the pies onto the baking tray using a spatula.
    Mini gluten free strawberry rustic pies, before cooking.
  6. Brush some egg wash (half of an egg mixed with a bit of milk or water) all over them.
    Mini gluten free strawberry rustic pies: adding an egg wash with a pastry brush
  7. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 30 mins: 10 mins (at 220C / 425F) and then 20 mins (at 175C / 345F).
  8. Serve with a sprinkle of icing sugar on top.

Mini gluten free strawberry rustic pies with a sprinkle of icing sugar.
Strawberry rustic pies with a sprinkle of icing sugar on top.

Enjoy!

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