Learn how to make your own pastry is a good idea, to avoid palm oil in most conventional pastry bought in shops. It’s also nice to make a nice crust for a pie yourself, and make a lattice topping! Naturli vegan butter block is free from palm oil.
Keep fresh dough/pastry away from pets (along with chocolate and toxic herbs etc), as it can expand in the stomach. Also keep toxic ingredients for flavoured pastry (like garlic or chocolate) away from animal friends.
The Veg Space has a super post on how to make your own pastry, by a trained chef. This pastry uses a palm-oil-free block vegan butter and and comes in 8 flavour variations:
- Vegan Cheese
- Fresh Herbs
You can also find good recipes at Doves Farm (also for a coconut flour vegan pastry, below) and The Vegan 8 (a gluten-free vegan pie crust). Or for real simplicity, From My Bowl has a good recipe for a 3-ingredient pie crust.
Easy Pie Crust (Shane & Simple) only needs a few ingredient. Just flour, water, salt and maple syrup (omit for savoury pies).
Palm-Oil-Free Shortcrust Pastry (The Loopy Whisk) is a recipe by a science student who uses her left-brain knowledge to good effect. The secret is almond flour, which stops the pastry from being too tough. The ratio is made to ensure the shell of the tart can hold your fillings, yet is crumbly enough to eat. This is added to flour, vegan powdered sugar (Suma is a good brand), cold water and vegan butter. Her Vegan Flaky Pie Crust also uses frozen vegan butter, to make the dough easier to handle.
Recipes for Vegan Pastry Cream
Vegan Pastry Cream (Addicted to Dates) only needs a few simple ingredients, and less than 10 minutes to make. Use it to fill your pastries or pipe on desserts and cakes.
Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness. Jane Austen