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Canola Oil Pie Pastry Dough Recipe

Making Homemade Pie

Make a homemade pie this fall. It’s easier than you think and your friends and family will love you for it!

Worried your pie won’t look like a super pie from the cover of a magazine?  Well, stop worrying! Homemade pie is not supposed to look like store bought pie or the pie that you see on TV – it should look like you made it.

It’s supposed to reflect the fact that you put your creativity, time, energy and love into it; and that’s exactly what your guests will see.  They will treasure and enjoy it because they’ll know that you cared enough to make it for them.

Pie Pastry Dough made with canola oil

Using frozen canola oil, in pastry making, results in an extremely tender pastry with slightly grainy texture. The frozen canola oil will mimic a solid fat! How cool is that? However, you will need to prepare your oil in advance. The CANOLA OIL will need 2 hours, to harden, in the freezer.

Frozen Canola Oil Pastry Dough Q & A

Q:What can I use if I don’t have a food processor?

A: You can use a stand mixer with the paddle attachment just be sure not to over mix. Or you can “cut in” the frozen oil with a pastry cutter. This second method works best when the oil is frozen overnight.

What’s your favourite kind of pie?

We’ve pulled our favourites for some pie-inspiration. Recipes available below.

Apple Galette

Apple Galette|www.canolaeatwell.comImpress your guests and serve this for dessert at your next dinner party! Popular in French cuisine, galettes are free-formed pastries filled with vegetables, cheese or fruit such as apples.

The apple and cinnamon filling gets baked directly in the galette. Eaten best warm and fresh right out the oven. If you like apple pie, you’re sure to love galette.

Blueberry Rhubarb Pie

Blueberry Rhubarb Pie|www.canolaeatwell.comMake multiple minis or make one big family style pie. The vibrant colour and sweet yet tangy flavour will have everyone asking for seconds.

Try this pie a la mode with a vanilla bean ice cream or perhaps you like your pie topped with a splash of cream. Either way, you’ll be glad you made it.


Gluten Free Option

Pastry shell with strawberries | www.canolaeatwell.comYou can now make our Basic Canola Oil Pie Dough Pastry gluten-free! This recipe replaces shortening with frozen canola that mimics a solid fat, making this pie dough trans-fat free.

A combination of rice flour, cornstarch, potato starch and xanthan gum allows gluten free diets to enjoy a delicious flaky pie too. Makes a flaky pie crust or tart shells. Give it a try!


Basic Canola Oil Pie Dough Pastry Recipe


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (625 mL)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (2 mL)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder (2 mL)
  • 2/3 cup canola oil, chilled in freezer for 2 hours* see note below (150 mL)
  • 1/2 cup ice water (125 mL)
  • 1 egg, beaten slightly (1 )
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar (15 mL)


  1. In a food processor, add flour, salt, and baking powder. Pulse once or twice to combine ingredients.
  2. Add cold/frozen canola oil. Pulse again once or twice.
  3. Combine water, egg and vinegar in a small bowl.
  4. With food processor running, pour liquid ingredients through the chute. Turn off machine as soon as ingredients are mixed, about 10 seconds.
  5. Turn dough out onto floured board. Divide dough in half. Roll out dough on floured surface.
  6. Use immediately or wrap each dough ball in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.

Note: Can be used as a sweet or savory pie dough pastry.
*canola oil can be frozen overnight.

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