I have embarked on a Whole30 adventure. However, many of the tasty recipes use pastry. But, where can I get or how do I make gluten-free pastry?
Never fear, Pinterest is here.
I try to stay gluten-free because I have multiple sclerosis. I have been amazed at the improvement of my health condition after following The Wahls Protocol, a dietary regime designed to reverse the symptoms of an autoimmune disease like MS.
This revelation explains why I have taken such an interest in food. Both eating good food and preparing and cooking healthy meals. It also provides some justification for watching all my TV cooking programs like The Hairy Bikers.
Gluten Free Pastry
Finding agreeable gluten-free pastry is not easy. But, I have had quite palatable gluten-free pastry from serious cooks who know about these things. So, it is possible to switch to gluten-free and still enjoy a good pastry.
There are quite a number of gluten free flours but they don’t all make good or palatable bread. When you find a suitable flour for bread, it is likely that it won’t be ideal for cakes or pastry.
So, finding a good gluten-free flour is very much a trial and error operation. It is also likely to be a question of taste. We all have our own opinions of what a good bread or pastry should taste like.
It was a joy to find this recipe for delicious profiteroles. I adore these cream-filled pastries but, I seldom allow myself to indulge as gluten and dairy are both forbidden on my diet.
However, Becky has devised a couple of dairy-free filling for her choux pastry profiteroles. So, dairy-free and gluten-free, this one is a winner in my book.
The BEST gluten-free Pie Crust
Colloquially, we would call Pie Crust, Pie Paste which I am guessing is a contraction of pie pastry.
After much trial and error, Melissa has been able to create a GF pastry that tastes and feels every bit as good as conventional pie crust pastry.
Here we get to the crux of any good GF pastry, the GF flour. As far as I am aware, there is no such thing as a gluten-free flour. Instead, there are a number of ground products that don’t contain gluten but make acceptable substitutes.
The trick is finding the right mix of flour alternatives.
A perfectably workable GF flour can be made by combining: white rice flour, brown rice flour, potato flour and tapioca flour. Check out Aurelia’s post for details. Its also a very interesting read.
Rice Flour Lemonies
As with any GF recipe, the mix of suitable flour substitutes is key to the taste and texture of the finished baked product.
\these fresh-tasting lemon cakes rely on light, rice flour for a flavourful cake outcome.
Duchess Danish Puff Pastries
Danish puff pastry is complicated enough when using traditional flour and raising agents. When you need a gluten-free option the recipe gets that much harder,
The secret to these Duchess Danish Puff Pastries is Jules GF flour.
Unfortunately, Jules markets his flour on a commercial basis, so his site does not divulge the innermost secrets of his wondrous flour.
Gluten-Free Apple Crisp
I was attracted to this recipe because I couldn’t envisage what an apple crisp might look like.
However, after studying the recipe in detail it appears to be an oatmeal version of apple crumble.
Delicious Yorkshire Pudding
A perfect Yorkshire pudding is light, dry a full of flavour. I, personally, have never tried to make a GF Yorkshire pudding. I would be hesitant to try as I am usually very successful with conventional Yorkies.
Becky has managed to perfect GF Yorkshire puddings and her recipe is also low-FODMAP, if you need a bonus.