I love baking. I love reading beautifully illustrated cookbooks and blogs, fantasizing about how amazing everything tastes, and pretending that I am the kind of person that whips up a cake on the reg. However. I don’t actually do a lot of baking in real life.
I find that gluten free bakes can get complicated. To mimic the texture and taste of ‘normal’ baked goods, you often need to use extra ingredients like gums and powders, or a mix of different flours. After a tiring day at work, ain’t nobody got time for that!
Happily, I have found some great gluten free ‘shortcut’ products recently which make the baking process quicker and easier. The first of these is Silly Yak gluten free pastry.
(photo courtesy of Tesco.com)
Finally, a readymade gluten free pastry that works! I have been wanting to make gluten free pies, pastries and tarts forever, but found previous readymade gluten free pastries pretty lacking.
I made two very easy things with my block of Silly Yak’s.
First, a savoury pie with a spinach, feta and tomato sauce filling. I cooked an Italian-style tomato sauce (you could also use readymade – I make my own to avoid FODMAPs), added spinach, herbs and chunks of feta, then rolled out a circle of pastry and carefully placed it on top.
The pie was a little rich due to the cheesy filling (perhaps a more traditional filling next time) but made for a treaty couple of lunches.
With the remaining pastry I baked a tray of strawberry jam tarts. I cut out circles of pastry using a large glass (a tip I picked up from A Girl Called Jack‘s cookbook – I couldn’t find my pastry cutters!), pushed the circles into hollows in a greased muffin tin, and put a dollop of jam in each one.
For such a simple recipe, these were lovely and comforting, especially warm from the oven.
In short, I think the Silly Yak pastry is pretty great.
It could be easily rolled out and arranged without breaking, the flavour is plain so it can be used for sweet or savoury dishes, and the pastry is priced at a very reasonable £1.75 per pack.
The only unfortunate thing is that it is difficult to get hold of unless you live near a massive Tesco (which I don’t !) and you cannot freeze it.
My hope is that other supermarkets and independent shops snap it up so that more coeliacs and gluten free folk can enjoy it.
Have you tried Silly Yak’s gluten free pastry? I’d love to know if you have any good tips for easy gluten free bakes – let me know in the comments. Please like if you do, and share if you’d like to.
P.S. If you’d like to read a more in-depth review of the pastry, Glutenfree4kids has done a great one here.