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One way of working around the lack of thin phyllo dough sheets is to make homemade phyllo dough with alternating layers of butter and dough. Use it to make traditional baklava and other sweet or savory recipes that require multiple layers of phyllo dough.
While it is spelled three different ways, filo, fillo, and phyllo, it is a super flaky and buttery dough, usually used for croissants, baklava, and other pastries. I have a Gluten Free Phyllo Dough Recipe that I developed over two years ago, but it is a simple version of this laborious task. While it was fine for a quick, flaky crust, it is a flaky pie crust. Everyone raves about it.
However, with all of the requests for a closer to the real thing gluten free phyllo dough recipe I have received over the many years, I thought it was time to create one. We’ll never be able to duplicate phyllo dough made with gluten. This gluten free version is similar to Julia Childs croissant dough and makes an excellent substitute for gluten phyllo dough.
I used this mock gluten free phyllo dough to make Flaky Gluten Free Croissants. You can get it to crisp more like phyllo dough by baking it in a container that is more open on the sides, rather than up against a baking dish edge, and omitting the yeast. Baking for extended periods also creates a flakier, crispier dough.
This dough may be used when several sheets of phyllo dough are called for in a recipe. For those not familiar with homemade phyllo dough, the thin layers of butter melt away during baking, leaving super-thin layers of dough similar to the extremely thin sheets of phyllo dough you purchase in stores, but without the gluten.
While never having made homemade gluten free phyllo dough or a gluten one for that matter, the one thing I can tell you is that this recipe is not for a beginning baker.
I started with half a recipe of Julia Child’s Phyllo Croissant Dough, using my gluten-free all purpose flour blend, which calls for superfine rice flour, added additional milk and yeast, and rolled the dough thinner.
It takes a lot of time and effort to make homemade gluten free phyllo dough, but it was worth every bite!
Read the instructions and all of the above material all the way through before making this dough.