Puff Pastry Recipe
Instead of grabbing the frozen puff pastry sheets from the store, try making your own from scratch! You’ll be surprised to know that it’s actually very easy to do and only requires four ingredients. The end result is a delicious and buttery puff pastry that’s perfect for any special occasion. It only takes 15 minutes to make and it’s guaranteed to be the best puff pastry you’ve ever tasted. Trust us, once you try making it at home, you won’t want to go back to buying the frozen version again.
What is puff pastry?
Puff pastry is a type of pastry characterized by its light and flaky texture. It is also known by its French name, pâte feuilletée. It is similar to other pastries like pie crust, biscuits, and danish, in that it is meant to be tender, buttery, and flaky. The key to making a good puff pastry is to keep the ingredients cold at all times during preparation. This is because the butter in the dough is layered, creating hundreds of flaky layers through a process known as “lamination”. When the cold butter goes into a hot oven, the steam produced causes the layers to separate and the pastry to rise dramatically.
What can puff pastry be used for?
Puff pastry is a super versatile ingredient that you can use in both sweet and savory dishes. Here are some of the ways you can use puff pastry:
1- Cheese straws: Cut the pastry into long strips, sprinkle with grated cheese, twist and bake.
2- Sausage rolls/pigs in a blanket: Wrap strips around sausages or mini hot dogs and bake.
3- Baked brie: Cover a small wheel of brie or camembert cheese for a delicious baked cheese dish.
4- Savory tarts or pizzas: Make little tarts or cut rounds and top with mushrooms, spinach, and/or onions for a tasty appetizer or pizza.
5- Chicken pot pie: Top individual chicken pot pies with a layer of puff pastry.
1- Napoleons: Bake rectangles of puff pastry and sandwich around whipped cream or pastry cream and fruit.
2- Elephant ears: Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, roll into a tight “C,” cut into slices and bake.
3- Fruit strudel: Roll around a fruit/cheese filling to make a strudel-like treat.
4- Homemade pop tarts: Sandwich around jam for your very own pop tarts.
5- Donuts: Cut into rings and fry in hot oil for a delicious twist on traditional donuts.
Puff pastry is so easy to work with and can be used in so many different ways to create delicious treats. Have fun experimenting!
Can homemade puff pastry be made in advance?
Yes, making homemade puff pastry ahead of time is a great idea! This recipe only requires 15-20 minutes of active time, but the dough needs to chill in the fridge for at least 2 1/2 hours. If possible, make it a day before you plan to serve it.
You can store it in the fridge (wrapped tightly) for several days or in the freezer for a few weeks. If you freeze it, just let it thaw in the fridge until it’s soft enough to roll out and cut.
Let’s skip the pre-made puff pastry and make it from scratch instead! It’s not only delicious, but it’s also easy to make with only 4 simple ingredients and just 15 minutes of active time. Plus, you can control the quality of ingredients, making sure that your puff pastry is made with only the best! You’ll be able to taste the difference compared to store-bought varieties that may contain partially hydrogenated oils or other questionable ingredients. Making your own puff pastry is the way to go!
How to make homemade puff pastry?
Today, I’ll be showing you how to make a delicious homemade puff pastry in just a few simple steps. This recipe is a simplified version of the traditional French method and is so easy to follow.
1- First, let’s start by combining flour and salt in a large bowl. Give it a quick whisk to make sure everything is evenly mixed.
2- Next, take your cold butter and slice it thinly. Make sure each slice is no thicker than 1/4 inch. Then, add the butter slices to the flour mixture and make sure each slice is evenly coated.
3- Pour in some cold water and stir everything together until the dough forms a ball. Don’t worry if you see big chunks of butter, that’s exactly how it should look!
4- At this point, your butter might be starting to warm up and get soft, so it’s best to give the dough a chill. Flatten it into a disk shape, wrap it in plastic wrap, and pop it into the fridge for an hour or the freezer for 20-30 minutes.
5- Once the dough is cold and stiff, it’s time to start laminating. This is the process of rolling and folding the dough to create multiple flaky layers. Dust your work surface with some flour and start rolling the dough into a rough rectangle shape. Then, fold the dough into thirds, like a letter. After each fold, give it a 90-degree turn and repeat the process.
6- The exact dimensions of the rectangle shape don’t matter as long as you’re able to fold it into thirds. And there’s no need to worry about how many folds to make, just fold as many times as you’d like! The more folds you make, the more flaky layers your puff pastry will have. I usually fold anywhere from 4 to 6 times. At this point, the butter might be starting to soften up again, so it’s best to put the dough back in the fridge or freezer.
And that’s it! With just a few simple steps, you’ll have a delicious and flaky homemade puff pastry that’s sure to impress. Enjoy!
How to bake puff pastry?
Baking puff pastry is a fun and easy process. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get started.
1- Take your puff pastry out of the fridge and let it warm up just a bit. This will make it easier to roll.
2- Roll the pastry to your desired thickness. If you’re making a baked brie, you might want it to be around 1/4 inch thick, while if you’re making puff pastry cups, you might want to roll it a bit thinner so it’s easier to tuck into the wells of a cupcake pan.
3- Cut the pastry to your desired size. You can use a pizza cutter for this.
4- To give your pastry a beautiful golden brown sheen, brush it with an egg beaten with a couple of teaspoons of water.
5- Now it’s time to bake! Make sure your oven is preheated to 400°F. The most important thing to remember is to keep your pastry COLD and your oven HOT. This will ensure that the butter releases steam and lifts all the lovely layers.
6- Bake times may vary depending on what you’re making, so check your recipe. But, as a general rule, 20 to 25 minutes in a 400°F oven works best. The puff pastry should be puffed, deeply golden brown, and light and crisp.
Enjoy your delicious homemade puff pastry!