Gluten-free and nut-free shortcrust pastry recipe


  1. Makes 340g or enough for 12 mince pies or to line a 25cm tart tin
  2. Takes 20 minutes to make, plus resting
  3. Rating

Good pastry can be tricky for food allergy and intolerance sufferers – but this recipe by Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne offers a simple solution.

tried and tested
Gluten-free and nut-free shortcrust pastry


  1. 100g rice flour, plus extra for dusting
  2. 100g fine yellow cornmeal
  3. ½ tsp salt
  4. 100g chilled butter or cold dairy-free margarine, diced
  5. 1 medium free-range egg, beaten


  1. 1. Sift the flour, cornmeal and salt into a large mixing bowl. Add the butter or margarine and rub into the flour with your fingertips until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  2. 2. Using a table knife, stir in the egg, until the mixture clumps together. Bring the dough together into a ball. Knead lightly on a work surface dusted with rice flour, until smooth. Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to firm up – this will make it easier to roll.
  3. 3. Roll out the pastry to 3mm thickness between 2 sheets of floured cling film, to hold the pastry together.
  4. FOR 12 INDIVIDUAL PIES Peel away both sheets of cling film before using a 7-8cm cutter to cut out 24 pastry rounds. Use 12 pastry rounds to line a 12-hole pie or bun tin. Press the remaining pastry rounds onto the pies and seal the pastry edges together. Cut 2 holes in the top of each pie to allow the steam to escape and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Nutritional info

Per pie: 132kcals, 7.7g fat (4.5g saturated), 2g protein, 13.2g carbs, 0.1g sugar, 0.3g salt

Chef's tip

This crisp yet crumbly gluten-free and nut-free pastry is great for sweet or savoury pies. If you’re allergic to dairy, too, then use cold baking dairy-free margarine in place of butter. For sweet pastry, add 70g caster sugar with the egg. The pastry is delicate and soft, so keep it chilled and roll it out on a cold surface.


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February 28

@ nic Standard oven temperature for pastry is 200° or 190° in a fan oven. 2:1 flour to fat ratio is normal for pastry and works for me. If you got a sloppy mess I'd suggest that it's the margarine that you used. The water proportion of the fat being used is very important: butter should be above 82% fat, if you'd used light -or easily spreadable- butter or margarine that could account for the pastry disaster. On a different note standard 200 g GF plain flour gives an equally good result. Personally I find that using just the yolk and 25 ml ice-cold water gives a better result, but each to their own. Hope this helps, better luck next time!


December 15

The other comment for this recipe mentioned no oven temp given. I never got as far as needing that. I think that random ingredients were used and quantities pulled from a hat. I had to throw the mixture in the bin after scraping the sloppy mess off the board. Very dissapointing!


May 8

sorry, you forgot to put the oven's temperature in this recipe.

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