Thursday 17 January 2008

How to Make Gluten Free Pastry (Buckwheat pastry recipe)

Here is how to make gluten free pastry in Jeenas Kitchen.

When we think about eating pastry it is always wheat pastry that comes to mind, because wheat flour contains gluten it means it is easy to stretch and bind and use for baking recipes but for people who can not tolerate gluten in their diets there are some alternatives to using wheat flour in baking pastry.

Using other flours than wheat to bake pastry is a very different experience, the texture, feel, taste and whole look of gluten free pastry is so very different to using wheat, different it may be but is delicious.

This gluten free buckwheat pastry recipe uses a binder called xanthan gum with out the xanthan gum the buckwheat flour would not roll out and stretch, so it is necessary to use xanthan gum to achieve a pastry from the buckwheat flour.

Buckwheat flour is perfect for baking savoury dishes like pies, pasties, flan, biscuits.....the list goes on!

Buckwheat flour has lots of health benefits including being high in fibre and containing all 8 amino acids.

I can eat wheat/gluten but I like using gluten free buckwheat flour because
it has a real wholesome rustic nutty taste and is very nutritious.


3 Cups Buckwheat Flour
4 Tbsp Rapeseed Oil
3 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Level tsp Xanthan Gum
1/2 tsp Salt
Cold Water

(For a gluten free vegan buckwheat pastry using margarine...
Use the same method rubbing wet ingredients into the flours with
150g buckwheat flour, 40g rice flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp xanthan gun, 1/2 Tbsp cider vinegar, 1 Tbsp rice bran oil, 50g margarine.)

Xanthan gum

How to make Gluten Free Pastry..

In a bowl mix well your buckwheat flour with your xanthan gum and salt.

Add your olive and rapeseed oil and rub together with your fingers.

Your pastry mix will not clump together like when using wheat and butter (shortcrust pastry).

It should stick together in your hand then crumble away.

Carefully add cold water to your gluten free pastry mixture.

Only add a little at a time keep mixing well before adding more water so that you can see when you do not need to add any more.

When the gluten free pastry mixture is clumping together and becoming a little sticky then your buckwheat pastry is ready.

Bring together with your hands to form a ball.

Roll out and use as desired.

You can bake pies, pasties, flans, quiches...

Check out my delicious Red Lentil Flan Recipe using my gluten free buckwheat pastry !

Check out some of Chefs other gluten free recipes below:

See my Special Diets section for more gluten free recipes


Anonymous said...

how about some yummy eggless strawberry cake and eggless coconut cake? i don't eat eggs.from where did you learn to bake such wonderful cakes and sweets?

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

This is interesting.
I haven't seen you sending in entries to any events, so far, but if you are interested there is one right now which this recipe or your others would be right for. The details are at

Ruth Strong said...

I'm such a cheat with pastry, store bought every time! I'll have to try from scratch sometime.

Seena said...

You are an health specialist, Jeena!
All these informations are new for me..:)

Finla said...

You mead pastry from buckwheat.
For the first time i used buck wheat for christmas eve dinner i had to make a pancake for a dish. And it tasted really good. While i was making them it reminded me of you as i rememberd you use them a in lot of your recipes

Archana Doshi said...

absolutely yummy. Though i was aware of the gluten free recipes, but had not paid much attention. Learnt a lot about it from your site. Thanks for sharing. Have a big list piled up to try from your blog.


Sagari said...

wonderfull jeenaa thats a lovely pastry

DK said...

I use Buckwheat flour too..its so healthy. I have enever used Xanthum although I have seen them in shops here. Have bookmarked for experiment :) thanks for the info Jeena

Victoria said...

Hi Jeena, I'm so in love with your blog. GLUTEN FREE!!! =) And everything looks appetizing (which is rare). =) heh,I'm definitely checking back real often =)

Rosie said...

What an informative post Jeena, you never disapoint!!

I have never made buckwheat pastry before so this post will come in very handy indeed!! I will have to give your recipe a try out sometime - must bookmark this :D

Rosie x

Cynthia said...

Jeena, I am sending this recipe and site to a friend of mine who's in desperate need of gluten-free recipes. Great job!

Pooja said...

good idea ot make gluten free Pastry , i really appreciate your idea. keep on sharing more healthy recipes Jeena !

Anonymous said...

That's pretty impressive that you were able to make gluten free pastry! I've been asked several times for gluten free recipes, but since I don't mind having gluten in my diet I'm often at a loss for what to tell folks. Next time someone asks I'm going to send them here. :)

Ari (Baking and Books)

Chef Jeena said...

Anonymous thanks for stopping by I don't always use eggs in my cooking so if you keep checking out my blog ther sure will be some eggless recipes coming up. :-)

Aparna thanks for the link. :-)

ruthEbabes why don't you try short crust pastry from scratch it is really easy and delicious. :-)

Seena I try to be healthy but I do like my treats too. :-)

Happy cook buckwheat is such a tasty flour to use. You made me smile saying your buckwheat reminded you of me because everytime I see mushroom soup I think of you to. :-)

Archana thankyou I'm glad you are interested in my recipes. Thanks for stopping by. :-)

Thank you Sagari.:-)

DK you are right buckwheatis so healthy and tasty. :-)

Victoria thanks for stopping by I'm glad you like my recipes. :-)

Rosie buckwheat pastry tastes great it is really nutty and wholesome. Thanks for commenting. :-)

Cynthia thank you for telling your friend. Thanks for stopping by. :-)

Thanks Pooja I'm glad you like my recipes. :-)

Ari thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm glad you liked my gluten free recipes. :-)

Kribha said...

I've never made pastry from scratch and buckwheat is also new to me. I'll look for it in the store next time.I bet the red lentil flan tasted awesome.

Anonymous said...


Where do you purchase your xanthan gum?

Thanks . . . Butch

Unknown said...

I have been searching a good gluten free pastry. I can not believe I found one and it is made with my favorite flour. I am going to make a pie tomorrow! Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Can this dough be frozen?

Chef Jeena said...

Hi there, I have never frozen this dough before so I am unsure if it freezes well or not.

It really is easy to make so it is good to make fresh just before you need it.

Thanks for stopping by.

Jeena. :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Jeena just wonder what is 3 cups of flour equal to in grams or ounces. Your website is fantastic and everything looks so tasty i have tried various gluten free pastry i would love to try your one but not sure about the measurements