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Gluten Free Popovers (so good…you won’t know they’re gluten free!)

This post was written by my foodie sister Robin, who is now sharing all of her favorite recipes and kitchen tips regularly on the new “Make It and Love It – in the KITCHEN portion of this blog. Try a few of her recipes…your belly will thank you! -Ashley

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Okay, if you have to eat gluten free, choose to eat gluten free, or know someone who eats gluten free — you MUST give these Popovers a try. They are so similar to the real thing and are such a fun way to prepare and present food.


When I tweak and fiddle with a gluten free recipe for a baked item and it comes out pretty normal, it makes me (and my belly) so happy! Oooooh, you’re going to LOVE these!



But wait, let’s talk gluten free again. I shared those gluten free Molten Lava Cakes the other day and realized there are more of you who eat gluten free than I thought. Being gluten free has definitely had its setbacks. Oh how I miss the light and airy goodness of white bread, a good cinnamon roll, or just a chewy red vine licorice (mmmm… licorice!) Yeah I am one of those who asks “what is in it?” before taking a bite, skips over the croutons for my salads, wraps my hamburgers in lettuce, etc. I hate being a nuisance but if I don’t ask, it rips up my gut. Oh, Celiac Disease — you’re a tricky one.


With these popovers, they give me a sense of normalcy since they have a taste and texture very similar to the real thing.




When I think of popovers, I think of gastronomic extravagance and something I would see used in a dish for artistic fine dining. But, they are not that complicated and really quite easy to make, so it’s something you can wow your family or guests with for very little effort.




I don’t think popovers get enough use. They are the perfect vehicle to carry a filling without taking center stage on your taste buds. They stand in the background, hardly making any noise.


They are hollow, which gives you the perfect pocket to carry a savory meat or vegetable filling. Or, my favorite — fill with whipped cream, custard, mousse, or whatever sugary goodness you can find. Popovers are pretty versatile in that respect.





Oh, and don’t worry about having a fancy Popover Pan….I share how to make these in a regular ol’ muffin tin too.




Gluten Free can sometimes be a pain — but when the right recipe comes along, meh, no big deal! (Oh, and that filling? It’s just nutella and whipped cream. DEE-licious!)




Let’s get to it!


This is what you need:



Shopping List

  • 1 Cup water
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1/3 cup Potato Starch
  • 2/3 cup rice flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 eggs


First set your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and grease either your muffin tin (yielding 12) or popover pan (yielding 6).


Boil water and butter together.



While you are bringing it to a boil, blend together the potato starch, rice flour, and salt to have ready.



Once you have the water at a boil, you want to add in the flour mixture. The heat softens the rice flour so you lose some of the gritty feel and melds the potato starch together to make it more smooth.


After it is mixed together, it will look like this. Let it sit so that it will cool down before you add the eggs. (You don’t want the eggs to cook prematurely resulting in lumps of cooked egg in your dough.)



When it is cooled down begin adding the eggs one by one. You want each egg mixed thoroughly before adding the next egg. This will give you a nice batter without lumps.

Here it is, as I added egg 3



After you’ve added the fourth egg, you are ready to portion the batter out in the muffin or popover pan. Now 450 degrees seems to be extremely hot for a bread item. Normally it is, but what is happening is that the high heat is super activating the leavening action of the eggs at a high speed and that forces it to create a large air pocket inside. After 20 minutes of baking at that high heat and without opening the oven door, turn down the oven heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for an additional 20 minutes. This will continue to bake the popovers to set the structure and avoid burning. (psst…really, NO PEAKING!)



Popover pans make beautiful popovers. Now, I am not telling you to go out and buy a popover pan. That is really unnecessary as you can see below in the side by side picture. You still get the desired effect with a muffin tin, only a little shorter.



If you have a popover pan and want to get this desired shape, you can go ahead and do so. You will just have to add more batter to each well, yielding half the number of popovers.



Pull out the popovers and let them cool. Don’t they look pretty?




Now, hurry and go give these a try. You will fall in LOVE!


Oh, and enjoy!






Gluten Free Popovers — Recipe Card

  • 1 Cup water
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1/3 cup Potato Starch
  • 2/3 cup rice flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 eggs


Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Boil the water and the butter together and mix well. In the meantime, mix together the potato starch, rice flour, and salt in a mixer bowl. When the butter has completely melted in the water and it begins to boil, add it to the flour mixture and blend with a mixer. Let it sit to cool for 5-10 minutes. Gradually mix the eggs in one at a time. Portion batter into a greased muffin tin or popover pan. Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes. Without opening the door, turn oven down to 350 degrees for an additional 20 minutes. Makes 12 popovers using a muffin tin or 6 popovers using a popover pan.




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  1. pam says:

    Wow, these turned out great! I substituted tapioca starch for the potato starch and used brown rice flour. I thought I had greased thlopurge muffin pan well with olive oil, but the popovers still stuck. I may try coconut oil next time, since it is better with high heat. Thank you for this recipe.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Could you substitute the potatoe starch and rice flour for the cup for cup gf flour and have the same results?

  3. Grace says:

    I made these over the holidays, and everyone loved them! Thank you!

  4. Lila says:

    I can,t wait

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe! I just made them and my and my husband just loved them! We topped them with melted chocolate and filled them with whipped cream and they were divine. I added 1 tbsp of sugar to the water and butter mixture to sweeten the dough a little for a dessert and it was perfect. No need for an extra egg white. They would make wonderful eclairs. Thanks so much again, it does help so much to have wonderful recipes like this to feel normal. My husband says they turned out better than the gluten containing ones, so maybe even better than normal! I hadn’t had an eclair in 3 years, so this made not only my day, but possibly my entire week, lol!

  6. Staci says:

    These were so delicious!!! Thank you – thank you for such a great and easy recipe!!

  7. Patricia says:

    These look wonderful. But as someone else wrote, could you use an all purpose GF flour (like Bobs Red Mill) and have same results? I appreciate the helpful cooking hints as well. I’ve never had to cook before diagnosed, around 50 yrs old, so any cooking hints is greatly appreciated.

    1. Kathleen says:

      I’m going to try this with robinhood gluten free flour. I’m desperate for something that tastes good since I don’t have any choice but to be gluten free :( and dairy free :( (I’ll try it with coconut oil instead of butter.

    2. Kathleen says:

      ok, I just made these with Robinhood gluten free flour and coconut oil to make them gluten/dairy free. They turned out great. I’ll make then again and again for sure….both sweet and savory.

    3. Anonymous says:

      I just made them we are gluten wheat and dairy free around here. I loved them! My kids are them all!

  8. Susan says:

    I made these tonight. Much easier than I thought they would be. I was sure they would burn but they did not. The. Cool whip mixture did nine in total. Perhaps I was too generous. Lol

  9. Jen says:

    Can I use a cup for cup GF flour instead of the rice and potato?

  10. Renee says:

    Thanks for this recipe, I don’t know many people who have a Gluten problem, but I like to be prepared, this will be my first recipe, it looks delicious!

  11. Michal says:

    Looks awesome!

  12. Corky Hines says:

    Robin, these look just like cream puffs! We are not gluten free but will have to try these. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Robin says:

      Yes they do! The drawback of gluten free. Ha ha!

  13. Ali Aguilar says:

    Yum, yum, yum!
    I’m tempted to add a little sugar and cook these in mini-muffin tins to see if they would make cream puffs.

    1. Robin says:

      Nice idea! Sugar would definitely work to turn it into a cream puff. I would almost add an egg white or two that is whipped to make the texture a little lighter.

  14. Jodi says:

    Is the filling equal parts whipped cream and Nutella? Or did you just eyeball it? Looks so yummy!

    1. Robin says:

      I was eyeballing it, but from what I recall, the filling is about three parts cool whip and one part Nutella and then some special dark cocoa powder. I would say 2 cups of whip cream, 2/3 cup nutella and then 1-2 tsp of cocoa powder. Yikes! I can’t lie the filling is delicious.

    2. Julie says:

      Came across this recipe today on Pinterest….and CAN’T WAIT to try it!! 3 of us in my family have gluten intolerance and many GF recipes have too many special ingredients. This recipe looks totally do-able!

  15. Clare says:

    I agree – when I can finally eat something that I used to eat often and now rarely have, the pleasure center of my brain does jumping jacks. These look great, and I love that I don’t need pricey flours. My fellow Celiac belly thanks you!

    1. Robin says:

      Oh yeaH! This is something that takes me back to my pre gluten free era. Yay!

  16. Mell says:

    Thank you thank you thank you! Myself & my 4 kids are gluten free & I’m always looking for easy & delicious gf treats.

    1. Robin says:

      You are welcome, Mell! It is pretty easy to make.

  17. Jennifer says:

    Thank you so much for sharing some gluten free recipes as of late! While I am not gluten free, my husband is….and so, but default my daughter and I are most of the time too! Anything that makes a great desert or an amazing little meat pie will surely be a hit in this house!

    1. Robin says:

      You are welcome! It truly is easy to make.

    2. Anonymous says:

      Going to try it! I miss good food since l got Celiac Disease! Thank you!

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