Sweet Pastry - - serves 8

Ingredients

  • 100g gluten free plain flour
  • 100g maize flour
  • 100g  dairy free margarine
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 40 – 50ml water

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Method

Rub dairy free margarine all over a flan ring or loose bottomed shallow cake tin.

Mix the gluten free flour and maize flour together in a mixing bowl.

Rub in the dairy free margarine with the tips of your fingers. Mix in the caster sugar.

Mix in the water a little at a time to bring the dough together.

 I find this pastry easier to work with if you use it straight away.

Lightly dust the work top with gluten free flour.

Roll the pastry one way, turn the pastry 90° making sure there is gluten free flour underneath and roll again. Continue rolling out the pastry moving the pastry around between rolls to make sure it doesn’t stick to the table.

Roll up the pastry onto the rolling pin and unroll over the flan tin. This pastry is crumblier than wheat pastry so if you find it difficult to roll out, roll out onto a plastic food bag or cling film.

Fold the pastry into the corners of the flan tin.  Try not to stretch the pastry as it will tear. If you get holes in the pastry push the pastry together and rub the join.The pastry should keep together when cooking most recipes although the flan may leak if you have a runny filling. After a bit of practise you will find this easier to do.

If the recipe calls for the flan case to be baked blind or part baked before filling – cut a piece of greaseproof paper larger than your flan case, scrunch up and open out again ( this makes it easier to form the shape of the tin ).

Place into the uncooked pastry case and fill with dried pulses, rice or dried gluten free pasta.

Bake the pastry at 190°c / 375°f / gas mark 5 for 15 minutes until the pastry looks almost cooked, this may take longer depending on your oven.

Filling the case with dried beans stops the bottom of the pastry from puffing up and the sides falling down whilst baking.

If the recipe calls for the pastry case to be completely cooked, take the greaseproof paper and the beans out of the part cooked pastry case and continue cooking for another 5 – 10 minutes depending on your oven.

Gem's hints and tips

I do not use xanthan gum in my pastry because I don’t think it needs it but if you are having trouble rolling out the pastry add 1 tsp xanthan gum to the flours before mixing in the butter.

If you use white vegetable fat when making the pastry it will make your pastry very short and hard to roll out. I wouldn’t recommend this.

Alan Silverwood make a brilliant shallow cake tin with a loose base which I use for my flans, pies and Victoria sponge. 

The baking beans cannot be used for eating anymore so keep them in a container to use again for part baking your pastry cases.

Depending on your oven, for some recipes you may need to blind bake your pastry case even if the recipe doesn’t instruct to do so. In particularly recipes with a liquid or juicy fruit filling.