Gluten Free Shortbread: Pomegranate Berry Pastafrolla

April 26, 2016
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Photo by Ambra Torelli
  • Serves 2
Author Notes

I don’t think there’s something I love more than “pastafrolla” (Italian for shortbread). Maybe because it’s the treat of my childhood, the main ingredient of my favorite pie, crostata, or maybe because it’s actually the best thing ever… but this friable and crunchy pastry dough is truly amazing.

With this quick and easy recipe for my gluten free shortbread you can free your creativity and create various kinds of treats.

Whether you feel like breakfast cookies or a gluten free pie crust, this delicious healthy recipe fits your cravings!

In this version I opted to use my gluten free shortbread as the base for a pastafrolla pie. And because I wanted to keep it simple but colorful, I decided to load it with vibrant berries and pomegranate seeds.

But read on through the recipe, there a few more touches of goodness that make this gluten free pastafrolla impossible to resist! —Ambra Torelli

What You'll Need
  • For the Pastafrolla:
  • 100 grams Cassava Flour
  • 60 grams Rice Flour
  • 20 grams Rice Starch
  • 40 grams Tigernut Flour
  • 25 grams Coconut Milk
  • 30 grams Coconut Oil, melted
  • For the Toppings:
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar Free Apricot Jam
  • 50 grams Blueberries
  • 1/2 piece Pomegranate
  • 10 grams 100% Dark Chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Cream (obtained by refrigerating coconut milk overnight)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Combine all ingredients together in a bowl and knead by hand for a couple minutes.
  3. Line a circular baking pan with parchment paper, transfer the dough in the pan and press it down to the bottom (I do it by rolling a glass over the dough until evenly flat). It should be about 3/4 of an inch thick. If you have leftover dough, cut it in rectangular pieces and use it to make small cookies.
  4. Spread a very thin layer of apricot jam over the dough and bake it for about 30 minutes.
  5. Wash the blueberries, separate the pomegranate seeds under running water (it will prevent the juice from making the pie messy) and when the pastarfrolla is done and has cooled down a bit, use the fruit to decorate the pie as you see in the photos.
  6. Shave some dark chocolate on top, sprinkle a few drops of coconut cream and you have this artistic looking pie!!

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