This Gluten Free Rough Puff Pastry dough (that is also vegan) is magical. Imagine layers of flakiness, made in under 1 hour, buttery and crisp deliciousness -- you're in for a treat!
Best Ingredients for This Recipe
This recipe simply consists of 5 ingredients: tapioca starch, almond flour, 1 to 1 gluten free flour blend, salt, vegan unsalted butter and ice water.
For a few of these ingredients, I have brands I love that I always try my best to stick to for consistent results. I recommend you do the same if you can find these ingredients locally or online.
If you have celiac disease, make sure all the ingredients you purchase have a gluten free certification on their packaging.
Tapioca Starch - Any brand should work!
Almond Flour - My complete trust is in the Bob's Red Mill Super Fine Almond Flour. You can view it here. Other brands will work too though!
1 to 1 Gluten Free Flour - For the gluten free flour blend in this recipe, it's super important to use the Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour. This is my go-to flour that works every time in this recipe. If you'd like to try a different brand, you can, but I haven't tested others so I can't guarantee the same results.
Salt - I typically use a fine sea salt in this recipe, but use any salt you have at home!
Vegan Butter - I tested this recipe with Miyokos Unsalted Cultured Vegan Butter and also Earth Balance Unsalted Vegan Buttery Sticks. It seems to me that the Miyokos may be the healthier option, but it is also more pricey. Be sure to ONLY use a vegan butter in the stick form, not from a tub.
How To Prepare the Gluten Free Rough Puff Pastry Dough
This is a very short process, that needs a bit of precision, and when done correctly will yield the most delicious flakey gluten free pastry. I've taken in depth step by step images of of this recipe to guide you in making the best Puff Pastry of your dream.
- Start by weighing out the ingredients. I HIGHLY recommend making this recipe with weight measurements because they are much more accurate and precise compared to measuring cups. You can buy a super cheap food scale on Amazon and use it for your accurate baking adventures. No fear if you don't have one, you can proceed with the measurements listed below.
- Also, make sure your vegan butter is cubed and refrigerated so it is super chilled when ready to use! If you're in a pinch, stick the cubed butter into the freezer for 10 minutes before using in the recipe.
- Next, combine the tapioca starch, gluten free flour and almond flour in a food processor and blitz until well combined. If you don't have a food processor simply whisk together in a bowl or sift if there are clumps.
- Remove the dry ingredients from the food processor and place into a large bowl.
- Add the cold cubed vegan butter to the bowl and toss with the dry ingredients.
- Use your thumb and pointer finger to shingle, or press, each piece of butter between your fingers until it is flattened. Repeat with all the butter pieces within the flour mixture. Toss again to make sure all shingled butter is coated in the flour.
- Next, drizzle in ice cold water. Ice water will help keep the butter from melting and bring this dough together beautifully. Add a bit of ice water at a time, and toss the mixture with your hands. Continue adding ice water until a crumbly dough forms.
- Divide the dough into two pieces and shape each into a square. Wrap in plastic wrap or parchment paper.
- Place the wrapped dough in the fridge to help the butter become firm and cold again, about 30 minutes.
How to Fold The Puff Pastry Dough
- Once the dough has been refrigerated for at least 30 minutes, remove one square from the fridge.
- Sprinkle gluten free flour on your work surface (counter or a piece of parchment paper) and sprinkle both sides of the dough with flour as well.
- Roll dough into a large rectangle and then fold into 3 pieces. If the dough sticks to the counter, use a spatula to help lift it up. It will have a lot of cracks after the first fold which is normal. The dough will become smoother by the second or third fold.
- Roll the dough a second time into a square or rectangle, and fold into 3-4 in the opposite direction. Add more gluten free flour to your work surface as needed.
- Repeat the folding method about 2 more times, then reshape into a square or rectangle and wrap again in the plastic wrap or parchment paper.
- Refrigerate folded dough for at least another 30 minutes before using.
- Repeat the folding process with the second square of dough.
Rough Puff Questions
Yes! Feel free to wrap the dough in plastic wrap or parchment paper as directed and then place it into a ziplock bag for extra safety to it doesn't dry out in the fridge. This dough keeps fresh in the fridge for up to 5 days or can be frozen for up to 3 months.
I truly believe so! I worked on this recipe in culinary school, developing it over a few days and had many people taste test it. Everyone believed it was real puff pastry and one of our chefs took one of my puff pastries for lunch the next day and said it help up great.
Real, more labor intensive Puff Pastry dough is made by creating a dough and then folding in a large flattened block of butter, then rolling and folding multiple times until the butter until it distributed throughout the layers. In this "rough" recipe, large butter cubes are added to the dough and then folded multiple times, rather than having to do the other method.
Recipes You can Make with Puff Pastry Dough
Rough Puff Pastry can be used to make a whole assortment of delicious pastries! It can be used in savory recipes to make small Puff Pastry Cups filled with delicious roasted veggies or confit tomatoes, turned into an apple "pop tart", crescent roll and more (some examples pictured below). Additionally, you can add alternative fillings, sweet or savory, to make puff rugelach or palmiers.
Here are a few tips when using the Puff Pastry in a recipe:
- Don't roll the dough too thin! You still want to allow it to puff up.
- This puff pastry won't puff as much as regular puff pastry dough, but it is possible to achieve the super puffed effect. To achieve a super fluffy, flakey puff, be sure to roll the pastry and cut it as desired, then layer it. For example, if making crescent rolls, cut triangle pieces as usual then layer 2 triangles and roll them up together to form a thicker roll. Layers are everything with this dough!
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