You can make preparing this gluten-free fig pie a little complicated or very simple. You choose. Make your own crust or buy a frozen one. There are plenty of gluten-free pie crusts available. I have included a traditional gluten-free pie crust recipe if you want to make one from scratch. For a quick and easy pie crust option, use my 3-ingredient pie crust shown in my strawberry pie recipe. If you use a prepared crust, just be sure to pre-bake it with pie weights. See the instructions below.
No-Bake Pie Filling
This creme fraiche (or sour cream)-based pie filing just needs a little simmering on the stove. The fresh figs will simmer in a wine, honey and star anise mixture to soften them. The liquid is reduced to a syrup that will flavor the sour cream for a super easy filling.
Gluten-Free Pie Crust
- 1¼ cup gluten-free flour blend*
- ⅓ cup non-gmo corn starch
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- ¾ tsp salt
- ½ tsp xanthan gum
- 8 Tbsp cold butter
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp vinegar
- 2 tsp cold water
- 1 additional egg for egg wash
*Most all purpose gluten-free flour blends will work. If you use a blend that includes xanthan gum, omit the xanthan gum in the recipe. I prefer to mix up my own flour blend. It gives me a chance to use different flours. Most store bough blends are rice based and I like to add variety. Here is the link to my post on DIY gluten-free flour mixes.
Make the dough
Place the dry ingredients into the food processor and pulse a few times. In a separate bowl, thoroughly beat the egg, water and vinegar together. Cut the butter into cubes.
Add the butter to the flour mixture.
Pulse (around 25 times) until it resembles a coarse meal (small pearl-sized pieces of butter). The mixture will start to take on a light buttery yellow tint.
With the processor running, drizzle in the egg mixture. Run until the dough comes together into a ball.
Form the dough into a thin disk and refrigerate wrapped in plastic for 30 minutes.
How to Roll out Gluten-Free Pie Dough
Gluten-free dough is delicate and very sticky. Rolling it out between silicone mats plastic wrap makes it much easier.
Splash or spray some water onto your counter top (this will keep the plastic wrap from shifting). Lay two 24″ long pieces of plastic wrap side-by-side on the counter, overlapping the long sides at least 1½ inches. Smooth them out. Unwrap the pie dough and place in the center of the plastic.
Place 2 more side-by-side pieces of plastic over the dough. Try to pull out some of the wrinkles.
Roll out the dough to about 1/8″ thick. Roll from the center to the outside going around in a circle to keep it round. Imagine the dough is a clock face. Roll at 12:00, then 2:00, 4:00, 6:00, 8:00, 10:00 and repeat.
Remove the top layer of plastic. Slide both hands underneath the plastic so that your hands and lower arms are supporting the dough. Lift and flip it over into into the pan. Gently remove the plastic. Don’t worry too much if it tears-just use your fingertips to press it back together. Form the edge and refrigerate again for 15 minutes.
To pre-bake or “blind-bake” the pie crust:
Heat the oven to 350º Cover the crust with a large sheet of tin foil or parchment and weigh it down with raw rice or dry beans. This will assure that the crust holds its shape while it bakes.