Gluten Free Puff Pastry
This gluten free puff pastry recipe is buttery, flaky, and versatile! Fill it with sweet or savory ingredients and then bake to golden delicious perfection. These gluten free puff pastry sheets are perfect for holidays and entertaining!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- This gluten free puff pastry is so buttery!
- Its layers create the most amazing texture.
- Great for holidays, like this Gluten Free Pie Crust!
- Puff pastry is so versatile. Both sweet and savory flavors work well.
- The dough is mixed completely in a food processor.
- This recipe is gluten free!
- The dough is made without sugar.
- Check out this Sugar Free Jelly for a fun filling!
Ingredients & Substitutions
Making puff pastry dough requires a certain formula. Therefore, I do not recommend making any substitutions.
Very cold butter is key for this dough texture. It helps bind the dough together. Slice butter straight from the fridge into small cubes. I do not recommend a dairy free or Vegan substitute.
Gluten free 1 to 1 flour works well for this dough. If you are not gluten free, all purpose flour works too. Use a gluten free flour blend that contains xantham gum.
A little salt adds a little something extra to this dough. If using salted butter, feel free to add just a pinch of salt.
Very cold water helps smooth out this dough. To achieve very cold water, I suggest placing an ice cube in a cup of water. Then, discard ice cube and measure out 1/4 cup before pouring into food processor. This guarantees cold water.
The egg wash makes the edges of the pastries even more golden and crispy. I do not recommend skipping this step. If using a sweet filling, feel free to sprinkle a little granulated sugar on top of egg wash before baking.
Taste & Texture
This gluten free puff pastry has a strong buttery flavor. The biggest flavor will be whatever you fill or top it with. In this case, jelly and dark chocolate.
The texture is flaky and light with several little layers of dough.
What is Puff Pastry?
Puff pastry is a flaky pastry. It is made from dough and butter. Typically, butter is placed inside the dough which is then continuously folded. Then, the dough is rolled out. This creates flaky layers.
There are small gaps which form between the layers from the butter. These gaps are rise while baking thanks to the water turning to steam. Puff pastry is flaky and light.
How to Make
First, add cubes of cold butter, gluten free flour and salt to a food processor. Pulse 4 to 5 times until crumbly.
Then add in cold water. Pulse another 4 to 5 times or until mixture is very crumbly.
Lightly flour countertop and rolling pin. Pour crumbles of dough onto floured surface. Use hands to form one big ball of dough.
Use rolling pin to roll dough out to a rectangle that is ¼ to ½ inch thick. Fold the dough in half. Then fold it in half again.
Wrap dough and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Remove dough from fridge. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Allow dough to sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes. Roll out dough on floured surface with floured rolling pin. If dough breaks, allow it to sit at room temperature for another 10 minutes or so.
Roll dough out to a large rectangle. Slice into desired shapes (I did smaller rectangles). Place on parchment lined pan.
Add desired filling/toppings. Leave about ½ inch along the edges for the egg wash.
To make egg wash, whisk egg in a small bowl. Brush onto edges of your little pastries. Feel free to sprinkle a little granulated sugar on top of egg wash if desired.
Bake for 16 to 18 minutes, depending on how large your shapes are. Bake until edges are golden crispy.
Finally, remove from oven. Allow pastries to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
Expert Tips & Tricks
For best results, do not make any changes to the recipe.
Use very cold butter and very cold water.
When working with the dough, sprinkle some additional gluten free flour on your countertop and rolling pin. This prevents sticking.
After the dough has chilled, allow it to warm up a bit before rolling. It usually takes about 20 to 30 minutes for then dough to become rollable. If you try rolling and the dough immediately breaks, allow it rest longer.
To slice dough into smaller pastries, use a pizza cutter for best results.
If dough breaks at any point, use fingers to repair dough.
How to Serve & Store
Serve gluten free puff pastry once it has cooled enough after baking.
Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Sweet Puff Pastry Ideas
Fill your puff pastry dough with something sweet! Here are some great ideas for how to use this versatile dough.
Savory Puff Pastry Ideas
If savory is more your thing, consider these ideas.
Chicken pot pie
Pigs in a blanket
Where to Buy
Finding gluten free puff pastry in store can be tough! Here are a couple online options.
Gee Free makes a great gluten free option! You can order through their online store.
Schar is a popular gluten free brand. They also make a puff pastry dough. This is not available on their website, but can be found at select stores.
Frequently Asked Questions
Both Gee Free and Schar make gluten free pastry dough.
No, puff pastries are traditionally made with flour so they are not gluten free.
I do not recommend using dairy free butter or Vegan butter in this recipe.
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Get the Recipe: Gluten Free Puff Pastry
Puff Pastry Dough
- 10 tbsp cold butter, cut into small cubes
- 1 cup gluten free 1 to 1 flour
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ cup cold water, see note
- 1 egg, whisked
- ½ cup jam or jelly
- ⅓ cup dark chocolate chips
- First, add cubes of cold butter, gluten free flour and salt to a food processor. Pulse 4 to 5 times until crumbly.
- Then add in cold water. Pulse another 4 to 5 times or until mixture is very crumbly.
- Lightly flour countertop and rolling pin. Pour crumbles of dough onto floured surface. Use hands to form one big ball of dough.
- Use rolling pin to roll dough out to a rectangle that is ¼ to ½ inch thick. Fold the dough in half. Then fold it in half again.
- Wrap dough and refrigerate for 2 hours.
- Remove dough from fridge. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Allow dough to sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes. Roll out dough on floured surface with floured rolling pin. If dough breaks, allow it to sit at room temperature for another 10 minutes or so.
- Roll dough out to a large rectangle. Slice into desired shapes (I did smaller rectangles). Place on parchment lined pan.
- Add desired filling/toppings. Leave about ½ inch along the edges for the egg wash.
- To make egg wash, whisk egg in a small bowl. Brush onto edges of your little pastries. If desired, sprinkle a little granulated sugar on edges of pastries.
- Bake for 16 to 18 minutes, depending on how large your shapes are. Bake until edges are golden crispy.
- Finally, remove from oven. Allow pastries to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
- I used King Arthur Flour 1 to 1 gluten free flour and had great results. I do not recommend another type of flour (almond, coconut, etc.). All purpose flour can be used if not gluten free.
- Use very cold butter straight from the fridge.
- For the cold water, I like to add about ¼ cup water and ice cubes to a measuring cup. Then, remove ice cubes before measuring out ¼ cup water. This ensures water is very cold.
- After chilling the dough, if it is breaking apart while rolling, allow it to sit at room temperature for 10 more minuets. Dough will be easily rolled out once it is at the right temperature.
- See blog post above for many sweet and savory ideas for puff pastry dough.
- This recipe made 4 pastries approximately 6 inches long and 2 inches wide.
- Nutrition facts do not include filling.
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20 Comments on “Gluten Free Puff Pastry”
I love the look of this! Do you think vegan butter would work instead?
I’d love to know this as well. Seems the only dairy ingredient is butter.
Hi Peg and Elizabeth! I haven’t tried it with Vegan butter but I think it could work. Please let me know if you try it!
super tasty pastry puff – would recommend
I love your gluten-free recipe! Perfect for an upcoming visit where I was still looking for a gluten-free snack to serve! Thank you so much!
Loving this Gluten-Free Puff Pastry! So easy and delicious!
so delicious! Love that it’s gluten free too!
wonderful GF recipe I can use this for almost anything!
Great recipe, looking forward to trying this one.
Thanks for this recipe! I’ve been missing puff pastry for all the holiday appies, so I can’t wait to make this GF version.
This was absolutely delicious Addison. Im saving this to make again. Thank you soo much for sharing.
This is a great alternative to store bought puff pastry.
Love anything that calls for puff pastry! Thanks for sharing.
Cant believe I only need 4 ingredients and get to enjoy this pastry recipe. Thank you
I love how eating gluten free has evolved over the years. Many think that they need to give up their favourites to live a gluten free lifestyle. Recipes like this make me so happy!!
I love puff pastry (and really, doesn’t everyone??) but never realized you could make it gluten free, I need to try this!
Love this gluten free puff pastry recipe. It’s perfect when we have guests who are gluten intolerant. Thanks for sharing
We used raspberry jam with the chocolate and it was so delicious! My daughter’s friend can only have gluten free food so she was happy to be able to make it for him.