Nectarine Roses – Gluten-Free, Dairy Free, Gum Free Pie Crust

A quick dip in boiling water makes the peel just slip off.

This seems to be the last blast of summer in the Pacific Northwest.
The time when all foods start to turn toward orange like butternut squash and pumpkin.

The time when baking is a thoroughly enjoyable pastime, warming hearts and the kitchen too.
I’m not quite ready to let go of the amazing stone fruits of summer.  The tangy, juicy peaches and nectarines seem to have just arrived here.
Luckily, I found organic nectarines in the market just in time for this month’s Gluten-Free Ratio Rally.
What is a Ratio Rally you ask?
Imagine a group of bloggers getting together virtually to tackle recreating classic baking recipes gluten-free. Working from the inspiration of ratios, those weights and measures that insure your recipe comes out, our host chooses a recipe ratio to make, lets us all know the topic and you get to see the results on one day. 

This month’s host is Charissa from Zest Bakery. I was fortunate to meet Charissa at IFBC-International Food Blogger Conference this year. Such fun to actually meet and visit a bit with a virtual friend.

Perhaps because she is such a talented baker, she chose tarts as the topic.

The ratio for tart dough is quite similar to pie crust  3-2-1   flour-fat-water

I’ve been playing a bit with gluten-free and dairy-free pie crust.

I think you’ll like it a lot.

Nectarine Roses-Gluten-Free, Dairy Free, Gum free from @GFDoctor
Nectarine Rose-Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Gum-Free
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I've been making this gluten free, gum free, dairy free crust for a while now, fiddling with the ingredients to make it be flaky rather than a short crust. The flax manages to both cling and flake. Don't leave out the sugar if you want any crust browning at all. The almond flour is used to absorb the juices from the nectarines, keeping the crust flaky. Feel free to leave it out if you are nut free. You can use a ½ teaspoon of tapioca flour instead.
Recipe type: Dessert, pastry
Serves: 6
  • 200 grams 1 ¼ cup whole grain flour mix
  • 200 grams 1 ⅓ cup white flour mix
  • 15 grams 1 ½ teaspoon organic cane sugar
  • pinch of baking powder
  • 10 grams (1 packed tablespoon) Pixie Dust
  • 144 grams (¾ cup) organic palm shortening (I use Spectrum Organic’s buttery one, no it isn’t dairy)
  • 117 grams (½ cup)ice water
  • 4 tablespoons almond flour (optional)
  1. Stir together till one color: whole grain flour mix, white flour mix , sugar, baking powder and flax seeds.
  2. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut in the shortening till you have lumps the size of peas.
  3. Stir in ice water, allowing the flours to be surrounding the fat lumps but not squishing them or breaking them up.
  4. Gather the dough into a ball.
  5. Cut in sixths for tiny tarts or keep in halves for larger ones.
  6. Wrap each half in plastic wrap and form into a compact disk.
  7. Chill for 2 hours or overnight.
  8. Allow warm till the dough will accept a finger pressed on its surface without breaking.
  9. Roll out each disc between plastic wrap to ¼ inch thickness.
  10. Using the plastic wrap, manipulate the dough into the chosen pan.
  11. press into the pan
  12. Cut off the dough that extends beyond the pan.
  13. Chill for ½ hour or more .
  14. Preheat oven to 450
  15. Sprinkle the prepared shell with 1 tablespoon almond flour for tiny tart or 4 tablespoons for a large tart.
  16. Cut the peeled nectarines into thin slices and place overlapping slightly on the prepared dough, curving to match tart shell, starting from the outside and working to the center. The final piece will need to be curled completely.
  17. Sprinkle with organic cane sugar or coconut sugar.
  18. Bake for 15 minutes or till lightly browned.


Charissa | Zest Bakery    Cheddar Apple Tart
Karen | Cooking Gluten Free!    Plum Tart + recipe free of gluten, dairy, eggs    
Paula | Gapey’s Grub    Sugar Free Pear Tart 
Sihi | Wandering Ladle    Banana-Pomegranate in Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Tart Shells
Heather | Discovering the Extraordinary    No-Bake Mini Pumpkin Tarts (grain free)  
Pete and Kelli | No Gluten, No Problem    Spiced Cider-Poached Cinnamon Apple Tart 
Jonathan | The Canary Files    Vegan Cardamom Cashew Cream & Fig Tartlettes
Mary Fran | FrannyCakes    Gluten-free Savory Sweet Potato tart 
Caneel | Mama Me Gluten Free    Pecan Tollhouse Tarts  
Morri | Meals with Morri    Savory Onion Tart with Pâte à foncer crust  

Check out some of these prior rallies- piebiscuits, cake, or click on over to Pinterest and see them in a mosaic.


  1. says

    I am going to try this crust. I have struggled with finding a gf pie crust which does not breakdown. I love the idea of the almond flour as a barrier to the fruit filling. My pies may have crust again!