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20 min. Yeast-Free, Gluten-Free Italian Bread & Easy Mezzetta Olive Tapenade

My favorite holiday memories are of having lots of family and friends over for big meals. I love doing the cooking, preparing holiday recipes, the noise and laughter in the house, and of course, eating the food. I've happily adapted most of my old recipes to gluten-free but I had one more challenge. I was missing crusty chewy   Italian bread that I could make into Crostini! I've always loved warm toasted chewy bites of Italian bread at holiday parties. Topped with Tapenade or made into Bruschetta, they are my favorite appetizers, but I hadn't quite found the right gluten-free flour blend to achieve that wonderful chewiness, until now! I'm so excited to share my NEW 20-minute Gluten-free, Yeast-free, Egg-Free, and Xanthan Gum-Free Italian Bread Rolls with you and did I say, they only take 20 minutes? No yeast, no rising and so easy to make. This amazing dough is also perfect patted out thin for flatbread or pizza crust. Scroll down to see my new Pizza crust u

Gluten Free Lemon Scotch Shortbread

I'm crazy about rich fragrant shortbread made with organic butter, a little cane sugar and the organic lemons that I got in my box from Space Girl Organics.  These are wonderful Christmas cookies to box up for friends and family.  I'll also add my Russian Tea Cakes, Gingerbread Men, Spritz and my favorite fudge that I'll be posting soon!  Merry Christmas!  

Makes 3+ dozen cookies

  • 1/3 cup cane sugar or sweetener of choice
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) organic butter, room temp or for vegan use Earth Balance
  • 1 teaspoon gluten free pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (zest of one lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon psyllium husks, opt.  or binder of choice like guar gum or xanthan gum.
  • 1 cup Almond Meal Flour or Brown Rice flour
  • 1/2 cup Mochiko sweet rice flour 
  • 3/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt


Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  1. In a large bowl whisk together the almond meal flour, sweet rice flour, tapioca and salt.  Set aside.
  2. In your food processor, add the sugar alone and process for a minute.  Add the butter and pulse a few times until it becomes creamy.
  3. Add the vanilla, lemon zest and psyllium husks and pulse to combine.
  4. Add the flour mix and run just until the dough comes together.  If you don't have a food processor you can do this by hand.  Use a heavy wooden spoon to stir in a large bowl and use your hands for a minute at the end to bring the dough together.   
  5. Turn out the dough and press into a greased 9x13 pan or roll out to apx 1/2 inch on a well greased or parchment lined baking sheet. Prick dough with a fork.  
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until the edges are lightly brown and cookies are firm but not hard.  
  7. While still on the pan and warm, sprinkle with sugar, cut into 36-40 even cookies, using a sharp knife or pizza cutter. 
  8. Cool and remove with a spatula.