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Gluten Free Sweet Pastry

Makes 200g sweet pastry to make a 20cm/8” sweet pastry case

This recipe ‘blind bakes’ the pastry so that it can be used for making a gluten free custard tart, lemon tart or a fruit filled tart.

Free from Soya, Wheat, Nuts


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Gluten Free Sweet pastry

  1. Pre-heat the oven.
  2. Rub a little butter around the inside of 20cm/8” round baking dish or tart tin or insert a baking liner.
  3. Sieve the flour, sugar and xanthan gum into a large bowl and stir to combine.
  4. Add the butter and using a fork or pastry blender to work them together until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  5. Add the egg yolks to the mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  6. Using your hands, gather everything together to form a smooth ball of pastry dough.
  7. Dust the work surface with flour, put the dough in the middle and sprinkle it with flour.
  8. Roll out the pastry out into a circle 5cm/2” larger than your dish and lift it into the dish OR simply press the pastry into the dish using your fingers.
  9. Cut away any pastry that hangs over the edge of the dish.
  10. Prick the pastry all over with a fork.

Blind Baking

  1. Lay a large piece of parchment over the raw pastry, making sure all the edges are covered.
  2. Scatter the ceramic baking beans (or rice or flour) over the parchment, spreading them evenly over the surface.
  3. If the pastry is to have a cold filling, bake for 15-18 minutes then remove from the oven and carefully lift the parchment and contents off the pastry. Return the pastry to the oven and cook for a further 10-12 minutes. Fill according to your recipe.
  4. If the pastry is to be filled and cooked again, bake for 10-12 minutes then remove from the oven, carefully lift the parchment and contents off the pastry and return it to the oven and cook for a further 5-6 minutes without browning too much. Or remove from the oven and leave to cool before removing the parchment and baking beans.
  5. Fill and bake according to your recipe.


20cm/8” round tart or flan dish, parchment paper for blind baking and 2 cups ceramic baking beans, rice or flour, and mixing bowl.


190°C, Fan 170°C, 375°F, Gas 5 or according to your recipe

Made this pastry about two years ago. Still the best gluten free pastry I have tried and made. It is easy to work with, versatile and very delicious.
By Jenny
03 Apr 2021
I just made a French Apple Tart (M Berry) with this pastry and it is superb. Its consistency when making is soft and buttery and you do have to watch your butter isn't too soft to start off with or it will turn into a sticky mess! If you have hot hands use a food processor and touch as little as possible! Absolutely great great recipe and result. Totally yummy and people didn't realise it was gluten free. Thank you very much Doves Farm.
By Chris
06 Jul 2020
Best gluten free pastry recipe I have tried simple and makes perfect crisp pastry Thankyou
By Sylvia Hawkes
18 Feb 2020
Made this pasty tonight and i kept it cool between stages, the pastry case was the best i have made yet, and i will be trying out more recipes that are Gluten Free.
By lynn
28 Oct 2019
Amazing and simple. Best gluten free pastry recipe I have found
By Donna Kendrick
02 Mar 2019

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