[pinit] Ever since I took gluten free flour tortillas and made them even better and way easier to roll out for Gluten Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread (page 203!), I … more
[pinit] Ever since I took gluten free flour tortillas and made them even better and way easier to roll out for Gluten Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread (page 203!), I have been dreaming of making gluten free wonton wrappers way better in a similar way. One way or another, making gluten free wontons is a labor of love. But you can do it in stages (I’ll tell you how!), and then when it’s time to fill them to make the best gluten free wonton soup anyone has ever had (Chinese take in!), you can press the small fingers of the children in your life into service (servitude?) and they’ll think it’s super fun! And then when they get to eat it, they’ll beg you put them back to work the very next day. I think my children would sell me into servitude for just one more bowl of my homemade gluten free wonton soup (see my soup recipe below!).
Now don’t freak out, but that Expandex we fought so hard to locate (suggestions below in the recipe for how to make these using Ultratex 3!), we need to devote a wee bit of it (less than 1/4 cup!) to our gluten free wontons (the recipe makes at least 60 skins!). But you are going to be amazed at what it does, not only for the Flour Tortillas from GFOAS Bakes Bread, but for wontons in similar fashion.
Even though any time you roll out dough and slice it into 3-inch squares it takes a bit of time, the key here is that the dough is a true pleasure to work with–and it’s even kind of meditative. Plus, the wonton wrappers freeze exceptionally well. And if you’re usually afraid to roll out dough like this, read the instructions and you’ll find that there are tricks to the trade that really make it really easy. Scout’s honor!
They stack really well, and will keep in the freezer for months if you wrap them well (only you can prevent freezer burn!). Then, when you know you’ll want to use them, just defrost them in the refrigerator and they’ll be ready to go.
Make My Favorite Wonton Soup: I made a dead simple filling for my wontons in this soup (1 pound ground pork or beef + 3 tablespoons gluten free soy sauce + 3 tablespoons rice vinegar + 1 tablespoon honey + 1 scallion, chopped). Then, place about 1 teaspoon of filling in the center of each skin, moisten all 4 edges of each wonton skin with an egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water), and close by joining two opposite corners of the skin, pressing out any air and sealing tightly. Then, brush the top with more egg wash, and bring together both tips on the long side of the resulting triangle, overlapping them slightly and brushing with more egg wash to seal. To make the soup, boil the wontons about 10 at a time in 4 cups boiling chicken stock, seasoned with soy sauce and chopped scallions, for about 4 minutes per batch (or until the meat is cooked and the noodles are tender). Remove the wontons with a strainer, divide among bowls, and wilt baby bok choy in the stock. Divide the soup among the bowls, and serve piping hot.
1 3/4 cups (245 g) all purpose gluten free flour (I used Better Batter), plus more for sprinkling
3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if your blend already contains it)
35 grams (about 1/4 cup) Expandex modified tapioca starch*
3 eggs (180g, out of shell) at room temperature, beaten
4 to 6 tablespoons warm water (about 85°F)
*For information on where to find Expandex, please see the Resources page. For information on how to replace Expandex with Ultratex 3, readily available in most countries outside the United States, in the gluten free bread recipes in GFOAS Bakes Bread, scroll to #6 in Resources. I have not yet tested Ultratex 3 in this recipe, but I would recommend trying a mix of 268 grams all purpose gluten free flour + 12 grams Ultratex 3 in place of the blend above. Ultratex 3 is at least 3 times as strong as Expandex.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a large bowl with a wooden spoon), place the flour, xanthan gum and Expandex, and whisk to combine well with a separate handheld whisk. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and add the eggs and 4 tablespoons warm water, and mix to combine on medium speed for about 1 minute (or with the wooden spoon for at least 2 minutes). The dough should come together. If there are any crumbly bits, add the remaining warm water by the teaspoon until the dough holds together well when squeezed with your hands. Turn the mixer speed up to medium-high, and beat until smooth, 3 to 4 minutes (or by hand with a wooden spoon for at least twice as long). The dough should be smooth and pliable. If it feels stiff, add a few more drops of water and mix in until pliable. It should be, at most, slightly sticky but mostly just smooth.
Transfer the dough to a piece of plastic wrap, wrap it tightly and allow it to sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes. The dough will absorb more water and any remaining stickiness should dissipate. Unwrap the dough, divide it in half and return half of it to the plastic wrap and wrap tightly to prevent it from drying out. Place the remaining half of the dough on a lightly floured surface, sprinkle lightly with more flour and roll into a rectangle about 1/4-inch thick. Flip and shift the dough often to prevent it from sticking, sprinkling very lightly with more flour as necessary to allow movement. With a pizza wheel, pastry cutter or sharp knife, trim the edges of the rectangle to create even edges. Remove and gather the trimmings, and set them aside.
Using even and sustained, but not aggressive, pressure, roll out the rectangle until it is approximately 1/8 inch thick. Slice into 3-inch squares. Alternatively, slice the 1/4-inch thick rectangle into 1 1/2-inch squares, and roll each square evenly in all directions until it doubles in surface area and is 1/8-inch thick. I often find this the quicker, easier way to get squares that are the proper thickness.
Use wonton wrappers in gluten free eggrolls, gluten free crab rangoon, or wonton dumplings for soup. Stack any leftover wrappers, wrap first in waxed paper and then place in a freezer-safe container, seal tightly and freeze until ready to use. Defrost by placing overnight in the refrigerator before using.
P.S. Looking for the super new recipe for the best Gluten Free Flour Tortillas ever? Turn to page 203 of Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread. Don’t have a copy yet? What are you waiting for?! :)