Gluten-Free Puff Pastry

Recipe by Jonathan Brasil

Gluten-free bakers, rejoice! With this recipe, you can make buttery, flaky, gluten-free versions of your favorite puff pastry treats. Like our Blitz Puff Pastry made with conventional flour, this gluten-free version is considerably simpler than traditional puff pastry dough. It includes just three folds and a brief rest in the refrigerator, giving you ready-to-use gluten-free puff pastry in under two hours. 

30 mins
1 hr 30 mins
a generous 2 pounds (939g) pastry
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  1. To make the dough using a stand mixer: In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the gluten-free flour and butter and beat using the flat beater attachment on low speed. Continue mixing until the mixture is unevenly crumbly and the butter cubes have broken down with some larger chunks remaining.  
    To make the dough by hand: In a large mixing bowl, combine the gluten-free flour and butter. Flatten the butter cubes between your fingers and thumbs to create butter flakes. Toss the butter flakes with the flour to ensure they’re evenly coated. 

  2. In a small bowl, combine the salt and water; stir to dissolve the salt. Add it to the flour/butter mixture. 

  3. Mix until all the ingredients are well combined, about 2 minutes. The dough will be very wet with some smaller chunks of butter. Let the dough rest for 5 to 10 minutes, uncovered, to allow the gluten-free flour to hydrate. The mixture will become more cohesive but still be quite sticky. 

  4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly (gluten-free) floured surface and fold it over on itself until it comes together; a bench knife or bowl scraper can be a helpful tool here. Use additional gluten-free flour as needed to ensure the dough doesn’t stick to your hands or the work surface. 

  5. Shape the dough into a rough 8" square. Wrap in plastic or your favorite reusable wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. 

  6. Place the chilled dough on a lightly (gluten-free) floured work surface. Use a rolling pin to gently tap down the surface of the dough a few times; this will make the butter more pliable and start increasing the length of the dough. 

  7. Roll the dough into a rectangle about 8" x 20"; the edges will be rough. 

  8. Fold one third of the dough into the center, then the opposite third over the first, like you were folding a business letter, then turn it 90°; this is called a letter fold. 

  9. Roll the dough into an 8" x 20" rectangle once again. 

  10. Fold each of the shorter edges toward the center until they meet without overlapping. Fold the dough in half along the center where the edges meet, as if closing a book, then turn it 90°; this is called a book fold. 

  11. Perform another book fold, using the same folding and turning process. The dough will become more cohesive and easier to work with after each set of folds.  

  12. After the last fold, chill the dough for 30 minutes before using in your desired recipe. (See “tips,” below for ideas.) 

  13. Store gluten-free puff pastry, well-wrapped, in the refrigerator for up to a day; freeze for up to a month. 

Tips from our Bakers

  • This recipe yields a generous two pounds of gluten-free puff pastry, which means you'll have more than enough for most standard recipes. You can easily divide the recipe in half, but why not make a big batch and freeze the extra? Puff pastry will last for up to a month in the freezer when it's well-wrapped. It's a convenient way to get a head start on your next baking project. 

  • Wondering what to make with all your gluten-free puff pastry? A world of options awaits. Make gluten-free versions of flaky, buttery, tender pastries, turnovers, cheese straws, palmiers, savory hand pies, gorgeous tarts, and more

  • Be aware: Some of your baking ingredients can be a hidden source of gluten. Learn more at our blog post: For gluten-free baking, think beyond just flour. For additional information on King Arthur-produced products, read the complete details of our allergen program, including our contact-prevention practices.