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Today, I decided to make a simple almond flour crust, that turned out amazing. It had a delicate sweet crumb crust with a tender buttery crust it was ready in no time, only took me 5 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to bake.
Almond Flour Pie Crust Ingredients
- Almond Flour
- Vegan Butter
- Maple Syrup
Difference Between Almond Meal And Almond Flour
Almond flour and almond meal are both made from ground almonds but there is a difference. To make almond flour, the almonds are first blanched and the skins are removed, then the almonds are grounded into flour.
On the other hand, the skins of the almonds are kept intact to make almond meal. The almonds are then grounded into a meal. The fact that almond meal has the skin results in a coarser flour, with a brown and white speckled look.
The finished almond crust would evidently show the dark brown specks of the almond meal with a coarser texture than almond flour crust. One good thing to note is that the almond meal is less expensive than almond flour.
However, I preferred to use almond flour to make my almond crust even though almond flour and the almond meal will both work for your pie crust.
Another note is that the almond flour crust looks similar to traditional pie crust with its beige crust and it has a lighter tender texture.
How To Make Almond Meal
Almond meal is easier to make at home than almond flour from scratch, place dry raw almonds in a food processor and process until crumbly.
How To Make Almond Flour
To make almond flour at home you would have to first blanch the almonds, in order to remove the skin, dry the almonds then process into a high-speed blender.
You can also purchase already blanched raw almonds or slivered almonds to eliminate the process of blanching your almonds.
How To Make Almond Flour Pie Crust
Preheat oven 350 degrees F. Place almond flour and salt in a bowl. Cut in the vegan butter or coconut oil, mix with a pastry cutter, or your hands until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Add maple syrup and vanilla and mix. Press dough into a prepared pie plate, pressing along the bottom and sides, flute the edges, bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
Omit the sweetener and vanilla for a savory crust. For a flakey crust, you can also try my Gluten-Free Vegan Pie Crust.
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- Preheat oven 350 degrees F. Place almond flour and salt in a bowl. Cut in the vegan butter or coconut oil, mix with a pastry cutter, or your hands until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
- Add maple syrup and vanilla and mix. Press dough into a prepared pie plate, pressing along the base and sides, flute the edges, bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.