Gluten Free Pastry Dough and Deli Roll
Gluten Free Pastry Dough is a fabulously versatile dough. It’s extremely similar to puff pastry dough, but ever so slightly different. It’s close enough that in some recipes you won’t even be able to tell the difference. I use this dough to make palmier cookies/elephant ears, deli rolls, salmon rolls and Fishy Fish.
How to make Gluten Free Pastry Dough
Many years ago I took a class with the famous pastry chef, Nick Malgieri. It was one of the most memorable classes I have ever taken.
I have a distinct recollection of raising my hand in class and asking if it was possible to substitute a good quality plant based butter instead of butter. The answer was classic pastry chef, with the snooty tone and everything.
“Nothing replaces butter.”
And then I hid under my desk.
I bought almost all of Nick Malgieri’s books
I learned so much in that class that I purchased a bunch of Nick Malgieri’s books. In one of his books there is a recipe for quick chocolate puff pastry. As a glutenous recipe it worked really really well.
I wondered if he had a similar non-chocolate recipe, so I did a Google search and found that there was one that he posted with Martha Stewart! It’s a great recipe and I used it with traditional flour for many years.
And then I became a GFE (Gluten Free Eater)
It’s common knowledge that for many years I worked as a Personal Pastry Chef, so I have experience working with different doughs and batters. I figured it couldn’t hurt to try making one of my favorite puff pastry dough recipes gluten free.
Gluten Free Pastry Dough
The dough is a little more finicky than traditional puff pastry. You need to handle it with more care, and it works better when cut into smaller pieces before baking. I’ve made things like salmon roll using the whole sheet rather than cutting it into individual rolls, and it doesn’t work quite as well.
Following the instructions for making Gluten Free Pastry Dough
It’s also really important to follow the instructions exactly. I know it seems a big ridiculous, pulse for a second, pulse for three seconds, add half the water – only half, pulse a second etc.
There’s a method to the madness.
When puff pastry dough is made it’s normally folded and folded and folded with lots of (plant based) butter inside. When the butter melts it creates steam, which then creates air pockets, which then creates light and fluffy puff pastry.
By not over processing the dough, you get a similar (but obviously not exactly the same) puff pastry dough.
Here’s the recipe for Gluten Free Pastry Dough and Deli Roll
I call the recipe Gluten Free Pastry Dough rather than Gluten Free Puff Pastry Dough because, quite frankly, I don’t want to get those emails/comments saying
“It’s not exactly the same as puff pastry dough. How dare you call it “puff pastry” when it’s not exactly the same.”
I covered my tushy.
The Gluten Free Flour
I really can’t understand why, at this point, Bob’s Red Mill isn’t paying me. I certainly recommend their gluten free flour enough.
But that’s a discussion for another time…
I love the Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 blue bag gluten free flour.
It is an awesome replacer for traditional glutenous all-purpose-flour.
It already contains xanthan gum, in obviously the correct proportion, so I don’t need to add it. It’s a cost, time and headache saving addition.
Is it exactly like glutenous flour? No. But it’s really good.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
The Plant Based Butter
Please please please don’t use tub margarine for this recipe. Use a good quality stick plant based butter.
I like to use Fleischmann’s Unsalted, Country Crock Avocado Oil, or even on occasion Imperial brand sticks.
When you go down in quality you get more water and other weird ingredients in the sticks and, seriously, no one wants those. There are enough interesting ingredients in plant based butter to last a lifetime without adding more.
You might think it’s a little silly to have a whole section on water. I mean, water is water is water, right?
Another important thing to consider when making this recipe is that you want the fat in the recipe to be cold. That keeps it from blending in too much with the flour and allow the dough to create those lovely air pockets.
To facilitate keeping the recipe water super cold, I fill a large measuring cup with lots of ice and water. When it’s time to use cold water for the recipe, I pour water from the ice water cup into another measuring cup to ensure that I’m using really cold water.
The Gluten Free Pastry Dough Deli Roll
While you can still make a long, log like deli roll using this dough, it works way better if you pre-slice the roll into individual pinwheels. The rolls stay circular, and the dough seems to puff a little better.
If you are so determined, you can still make the big log. I promise I won’t come into your kitchen to check.
Gluten Free Pastry Dough and Deli Roll are made using a quick pastry dough method. Gluten Free Pastry Dough is super similar to actual puff pastry, and is delicious when rolled into a Gluten Free Deli Roll. Your family and friends won’t be able to tell it’s gluten free. It’s. That. Good.
For the Gluten Free Pastry Dough
For the Deli Roll
- 1/2 cup mustard of choice
- 1/2 pound bologna or salami, sliced
- 1/2 pound of roasted turkey breast, sliced
- 2 large eggs (for egg wash)
- everything bagel seasoning, optional
- additional mustard for dipping.
For the Gluten Free Pastry Dough
I use Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 blue bag flour. You can also use traditional glutenous flour if you’re not a GFE (Gluten Free Eater).
Make sure the water is super cold.
You can top the rolls with sesame seeds, dried onion, or your favorite savory topping, or leave the seasoning off all together. I made both and they’re equally fabulous.
Make sure to use stick plant based butter. Tubs contain too much moisture for this recipe.
I try to refrigerate the dough at least overnight. I find that it works best that way.
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 182
- Sugar: 0.4 g
- Sodium: 251.8 mg
- Fat: 14.4 g
- Saturated Fat: 5.6 g
- Carbohydrates: 2.2 g
- Fiber: 0.4 g
- Protein: 1.8 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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