Monday, 21 May 2012

Coconut Oil Pastry

I do not miss eating meat and poultry products at all except for the lard in my pie crust recipe. Hydrogenated vegetable shortening is not a healthy switch and butter crusts are also high in saturated animal fats. I have been reading about the health benefits of coconut oil which is a natural saturated fat. This week I bought a 2 pound jar of Nutiva Coconut Oil for about $17.00 at our grocery store. That is a lot pricier than lard but now that I do not buy meat, it fits in my budget. I never liked coconut as a child, particularly the dry desiccated coconut on cakes and in cookies. I tried a little of the Nutiva Coconut Oil on a piece of bread and it was delicious! Here is a recipe for pie crust with coconut oil. It does have a mild coconut taste so consider that when deciding what filling you use. I made our yearly rhubarb custard pie (not vegan) and the crust was flaky and complementary in flavour.

For 2 nine-inch crusts:

3/4 cup non-hydrogenated coconut oil (you can use up to half the amount in butter)
2 cups white, unbleached flour
1 teaspoon salt
4-9 tablespoons ice water (I needed 7 today)

Measure the oil and if it is soft and runny, put it in the fridge for 10-15 minutes. Don't leave it in too long or it will become rock hard. In the meantime, measure flour and salt in a bowl and place ice cubes in a small glass of water.

Add the fat and cut it into the flour with a pastry cutter until the fat is the size of small peas. Add 4 tablespoons of ice water and mix together. Keep adding water a tablespoon at a time until you have an easy to handle ball of dough that is not too sticky. Divide in half and roll out to fit a 9" double crust pie or 2 single 9" pie crusts. Bake as directed in your recipe of choice.

Note: Today is hot and the coconut oil was very soft. Keeping the ingredients cold was important and in the end the pie crust was very easy to handle. 


Jaspenelle said...

Even though I have not had it since I Was A Child, I still MISS your rhubarb pie. Every one I have tried since pales in comparison.

Ruth said...

That was a while ago. Wish I could deliver one to you :-)