When I was first presented with the challenge of catering for a gluten & dairy free diet, I searched through the shelves at the shops in pursuit of the perfect allergen free readymade pastry, so that I could continue to experiment with ways of adapting favourite recipes, as well as trying new ones.
To my dismay, I found that there was very little choice and I wasn’t happy with the results (not to mention the strain on my purse!)
Refusing to quit, I took to Google, and found a variety of recipes that were not only more cost effective, but far tastier than the bought stuff. The day finally came where I had to make some emergency gluten & dairy free cakes for all of my son’s colleagues, and the only fats I had to hand were coconut oil and sunflower spread. With it being wet and miserable outside (good old Britain), I really didn’t fancy a trip to the shops, so I grabbed my mixing bowl, and got creating!
The result was satisfyingly tasty (as confirmed by everyone’s in my son’s office!), and made the perfect base for a coconut and jam tart (check out the recipe here)
Makes 750g of pastry – this will cover two baking trays about 20x30cm
400g gluten free flour
100 g coconut oil (in solid form)
100g dairy free spread – check that it says suitable for baking on the one you choose
2 large eggs
About 4 tbsp cold water
- Keep everything as cold as possible – this is always important for pastry, but gluten & dairy-free versions are a bit delicate, so the colder the better!
- Try rolling out the pastry on baking parchment and then lifting the whole thing into the tin – this is much easier than trying to transfer the rolled out pastry without any support!
- You might also like to use baking parchment on top of the pastry when you roll it, although I found that a good sprinkle of flour did the trick .
- Put the flour, spread and solid oil in a bowl and either rub in with your fingers or cut in with a table knife or one of those pastry blenders to get a fine breadcrumb consistency
- Mix in the beaten eggs and just enough water to bring it together
- It is a good idea at this point to pop it into a plastic bag or wrap it in cling film and give it half an hour in the fridge
- Remove from the fridge and get rolling!