Gluten-Free Shortcrust Pastry Recipe

We're going to show you how to make gluten-free shortcrust pastry quickly and easily to bake both sweet and savory cakes.
Gluten-Free Shortcrust Pastry Recipe

Last update: 12 November, 2021

Gluten-free shortcrust pastry can be used as a base for making desserts and savory dishes. It has a hard and crumbly texture and is an excellent option for people with coeliac disease who have to eliminate this protein from their diet.

The recipe below is very easy to make and doesn’t require many ingredients, or a lot of time to achieve a finger-licking result.

The first thing you need to know is that celiacs need to be very careful about gluten consumption and cross-contamination. Any trace of the nutrient could trigger an autoimmune reaction with severe symptoms. However, those who simply have a sensitivity to the protein may not need to be so strict when it comes to restrictions.

Ingredients for gluten-free shortcrust pastry

To prepare a delicious gluten-free shortcrust pastry you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 220 grams of gluten-free flour (7.7 oz)
  • 90 grams of butter (3.2 oz)
  • 60 grams of sugar (2.1 oz)
  • 1 egg and an extra egg yolk
  • A pinch of salt
A person rolling dough.
Making gluten-free shortcrust pastry at home is very easy.

Step by step instructions

  1. Mix the gluten-free flour with the sugar and salt in a bowl. Stir well all these ingredients and ensure they’re well combined.
  2. Cut the butter into cubes and add it to the bowl.
  3. Break the egg and separate another yolk. Pour both elements into the bowl and work the dough with a wooden spatula. It’s important to avoid over-kneading. The aim is to achieve a uniform and well-kneaded result, but without overdoing it.
  4. When you’re able to form a ball, wrap the dough in plastic wrap, and let it rest for an hour in the fridge.
  5. After this time, cover the worktop with a thin layer of flour and flatten the dough with your hands and with the help of a rolling pin.
  6. Line a round baking tin with baking paper and place the dough on top.
  7. Remove the excess with the help of a rolling pin by rolling it over the top of the edges.
  8. Prick the surface of the dough with a fork and cover it with baking paper.
  9. Place something heavy on top of it. A few dry vegetables will be enough. This will prevent the dough from puffing up.
  10. Bake the dough in the oven for 10 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius (350 Fahrenheit) until golden brown.

Gluten-free shortcrust pastry with salt

The option we have just shown you is for making gluten-free shortcrust pastry for use in sweet dishes, such as tartlets.

However, there’s also the option of varying the ingredients to obtain a savoury result with which you can make different options, such as vegetable tarts. These types of dishes are beneficial for our health, as they provide a large number of antioxidants.

It should be remembered that the inclusion of vegetables in our regular diet has been associated with a reduction in mortality due to all types of causes, as stated in research published in the International Journal of Epidemiology. For this reason, it’s essential to ensure the presence of these foods in our diets.

To make an excellent gluten-free savoury shortcrust pastry you’ll only need the following ingredients:

  • 220 grams of gluten-free flour (7.7 oz)
  • 10 grams of salt (0.4 oz)
  • 6 grams of sugar (0.25 oz)
  • 90 grams of butter (3.2 oz)
  • 1 egg and an additional egg yolk

The process is exactly the same as the previous recipe, with the ingredients only varying slightly. So, if you’re to prepare a sweet gluten-free shortcrust pastry without any problems, then you won’t have any problems with the savory version.

A cake.
The variation between a sweet gluten-free shortcrust pastry and a savory one is minimal.

Who should opt for a gluten-free diet?

Not only people with celiac disease could benefit from a gluten-free diet. Nowadays, more and more people have developed a non-coeliac sensitivity to the protein, so that including gluten in the diet in large quantities can be counterproductive. In these cases, the most advisable thing is to remove this protein from your diet to facilitate the digestive processes.

There’s also some evidence that some patients with inflammatory bowel diseases may experience a reduction in symptoms through the reduction of certain nutrients in the diet, including gluten.

It doesn’t work this way in all cases, and it’ll be necessary to test the individual response, but it could be a good option. However, the administration of the protein shouldn’t be restricted under any circumstances in people who aren’t affected by it.

In these cases, if digestive discomfort is experienced, it may be best to first opt for a probiotic. These compounds are able to reduce problems such as constipation and diarrhea, according to a study published in the Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology.

Preparing gluten-free shortcrust pastry

As you’ve seen, making gluten-free shortcrust pastry, both sweet and savory, is very simple. In no time at all you’ll have an excellent base for preparing many different dishes. It’s also suitable for people who are sensitive to the protein or who have celiac disease.

However, remember that it isn’t a good idea to overdo refined flour in your diet. These ingredients have a significant impact on blood glucose levels, which can affect the functioning of the body in the medium term. It’s OK if you have them from time to time, but they shouldn’t be the main source of carbohydrates in your diet.

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