Even if most of the pastries can be hard to bake without wheat flour, with these gluten-free choux pastry this is not the case.
The original recipe is rich in butter and eggs, which makes it easy to stay together for the batter. Compared to the original recipe, I use flours that are naturally gluten-free but without any thickeners (no xanthan gum, no guar gum). Rice flour and a starch are perfect for the puff pastry that must be dry and crunchy. You will see, there is no difference between the normal one and the gluten-free puffs pastries. They will rise a lot and become empty inside, like a balloon. This will allow you to fill them with whipped cream, pastry cream or chocolate cream. These gluten-free choux pastries are the perfect base to make French profiteroles and eclairs, too.
I highly recommend to use the right amount of ingredients indicated, weighed in grams.
How long to bake
It is important that you check the baking time in the oven. Avoid the pastries to get too dark in color, because it will mean they will be dry inside. The time indicated in the recipe can vary based on the size of the puffs and your oven characteristics.
How to make a darker cocoa version
You can replace 19 g of starch with 19 g of unsweetened cocoa powder and double the sugar (2 level teaspoons in all). All other ingredients stay the same.
How to store the gluten-free puffs
Even if it’s best to fill them once cold and consume within the day, you can decide to prepare these in advance. Keep them empty in a paper bag or placed inside an airtight tin or in the oven, turned off. Since inside the puffs there is always a little humidity, it is better to keep them in a dry place like the oven but not too small like a box, so you can let them breathe and dry slowly. By doing this they stay fresh for at least 3 days. If they become soggy, you can restore the crunchiness by putting them back in the oven on hot static at 300°F/150°C for 5 minutes. Always fill right before eating them.
In the same vein, one of my favorite tea time pastries are these mini fruit tarts, perfect with summer berries: CLICK HERE!