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Gluten Free Shortcrust Pastry (Improved Recipe)

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  • Makes: 24cm x 4cm deep flan
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Ready in: Depends on what you are cooking
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Gluten Free Shortcrust Pastry (Improved Recipe)

In Seriously Good Gluten Free Cooking I gave a recipe for pastry. Here is another version. but this time I have added a teaspoon of Xanthum gum an egg and slightly more water, this really makes a big difference to the end result.

If you don't have Xanthum gum you can substitute with 2 tsp Psyllium Husk, this helps to bind well also (both available from health food stores) but you will need to add a little more water as the absorption rate is higher.

This pastry is much easier to roll out, and acts almost like the real thing. You will get a little cracking, but hardly any. You can line flans and tarts now using the normal way of rolling out pastry.

If you are baking blind, line with baking parchment and baking beans, then set the temperature slightly higher, so 180°C Gas 4, to set the egg, then reduce to 160°C Gas 3.

Lift out the baking parchment and beans carefully, covering any cracks, brush thickly with beaten egg and return to the oven to cook and set. Repeat the brushing with egg and baking.

This will give you a great base.


  • 225g Gluten Free Flour Mix A (see below)
  • pinch of Gluten Free baking powder
  • 1 tsp xanthum gum
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 110g block Stork margarine
  • 1 medium egg, beaten
  • cold water

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  • Place the flour, salt and margarine into a bowl and really mix well.
  • Rub in well until you have fine breadcrumbs. I tend to take the lazy route and use a food processor.
  • Add the egg and a little water and really mix well.
  • Keep an eye on the texture, you may need to add a little more water so its nice and soft.
  • Bear in mind the gum will tighten up the mixture considerably.
  • Roll out and use.

Phil's Tips

Make up my 'Gluten Free Flour Mix A' and use it as required

Makes 1 kg

  • 700g fine white rice flour
  • 200g potato flour
  • 100g tapioca starch or flour

Mix all the flours together very thoroughly or put into a food processor and pulse until mixed, if yours has a large enough capacity.

Store in an airtight container.

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