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Aug 23, 2013 03:06 AM

Silpats as sub for plastic wrap in rolling GF pastry?

I have learned that going "low=gluten" isn't doing it for me. I have to go 100% no wheat, at least for a long while.

I am really enjoying the "Gluten Free On A Shoestring" site as it has lots of bread and pastry recipes. But, she says to always roll out GF dough between sheets of plastic wrap. And I don't use plastic wrap. I don't use disposable plastics at all in my kitchen, so I need a substitute.

Have you ever used two silicone mats to roll out dough? How did that work for you?

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  1. I haven't tried two mats but do use one on the bottom and sprinkle some kind of gf flour on top.

    1. What about parchment paper? I often roll out almond & coconut flour based dough between two sheets of parchment paper.

      The silpat would seem to be too thick and rubbery for me.

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      1. re: kathryn

        Parchment is usually coated in either silicone or quilon, which means it is a disposable plastic product. I wish there was easily-found uncoated parchment out there.

      2. Update: this is working fine. I ended up buying a non-silicone, nonstick plastic pastry mat, and I put that down on the table and sandwich the dough between it and a silicone mat. The biscuit dough rolls out well, and the silicone mat does not stick to it. It does adhere a little bit to the plastic mat, but when I slide a spatula under it, the dough comes up in a mass.

        GF dough is very wet, I think that if this were regular wheaten dough it would stick even less. Next stop: pie crust.