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Homemade Puff Pastry Recipe Tutorial

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Homemade Puff pastry takes only about 15 minutes to make with great results. This step by step tutorial and video demonstration make it easy to do. You’ve got this!

Homemade Puffed Pastry

Homemade Puff pastry has so much better flavor than the frozen packaged products you find in stores. Promise.

Puff Pastry Appetizers:

Commercial Puff Pastry is expensive and flavorless in my opinion. Yes it’s easier to buy rather than make. BUT.

The appetizer recipes pictured below both can use this puff pastry recipe rather than store bought pictured here. The results will be a LOT better in flavor and texture if you don’t mind the extra fuss.

2 x 2 inch squares of puff pastry dough will be plenty for each brie bite or spinach cup.

Puff Pastry:

Just like making your own pie crusts or sourdough bread you gain so much in the process of making your own pastry. Try our Puff Pastry Apple Turnovers. They are light and flavorful.

Homemade Puff Pastry As Turnovers.
Make your own turnovers with this puff pastry recipe.

There is a science to making puff pastry (as with most baked goods). AND… of course, there are many methods. All steeped in European history….from Venice to France with several stops along the way.

To make puff pastry the more advanced technique (with possibly better results?) you need to roll the butter in sheets and layer the dough with it….

We chose this simple method from Dessert For Two. It’s a nice beginner recipe for puff pastry often termed rough puff pastry.

Our method is much more manageable then rolling sheets of butter in with layers of dough and offers great results. Let’s Get started.

You can have this recipe completed and chilling in the fridge in about 15 minutes. About the same amount of time as making a butter pie crust with a different method of handling the dough.

Puffed Party As Apple Turnover
Puff Pastry Apple Turnovers. Making homemade turnovers with this puff pastry recipe was a game changer for me.

Make your own puff pastry recipe and reap the rewards in many light flaky and puffed baked goods. I made a homemade apple filling and created these apple turnovers with my first batch of puff pastry. Yum!

The flavor is amazing and the turnovers are light and flaky. Next time I won’t roll the dough so thin or crimp the edges so tightly.

The butter pockets were somewhat squished and the dough didn’t puff as much as it could have. I’m still delighted with the results.

BEWARE. puff pastry must be handled differently than a butter pie crust.

I rolled my pastry too thin and handled it more than I should the first time. The results were still wonderful but…

For the best flaky puff pastry keep the butter distinct from the flour and VERY cold. You need those steam pockets.

Ingredients:

The flavor of this puff pastry dough recipe is buttery. Perfect for puff pastry desserts. The ingredient list for this recipe is flour, butter and water. The recipe begins exactly the same as a butter pie crust.

Ingredients For Homemade Puff Pastry Recipe.
Everything you need to make your own puff pastry.

HOWEVER, Puff pastry is NOT made like a butter pie crust. If you handle the dough like a pie crust your puff will not happen.

Tips:

The butter cannot be allowed to melt into the flour. This is because when baked the butter melts and creates steam.

First Roll Out Of Puff Pastry
Can you see the pieces of butter in the dough? This is the first roll out. The butter will get smaller as you process this dough. Don’t let it incorporate into the dough or you will lose the puff.

The butter needs to stay cold ALL through the process not just for easier handling but also to CREATE THE PUFF.

The steam is puffing the dough. When the butter melts into the flour the layers cannot separate and puff.

Rolling Out Puff Pastry-Second Fold
Roll the dough out again with light deft movements. Keep the dough cold and work quickly.
  • Keep everything cold. This includes the water, butter and even the flour to start.
  • Use a pastry cutter to cut in the butter. I use my food processor to make my sourdough butter crust. It works like a dream for that. But the butter will mix in and not puff the pastry as well.
  • If using a metal rolling pin freeze it at least 15 to 30 minutes before rolling this dough. And keep covered in flour as you work the dough.
  • For wood rolling pins sprinkle constantly with flour to reduce sticking.
  • Work the dough quickly. If you have to step away while working the dough, set the dough in the fridge until you return.
  • Use your rolling pin lightly. Do NOT allow the butter to fully incorporate into the dough. You want the butter distinct in the rolled dough to gain maximum puffiness. If the butter melts there are no pockets to create steam and puff.
  • After final fold wrap and chill at least an hour before baking. This allows the dough gluten to develop for a more resilient better quality dough.

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How to make Puff Pastry:

This is a simple process. Here is your visual guide. Please also watch my video recipe demonstration to see how to actually handle the dough.

Make Puff Pastry Ahead:

You can easily make this recipe the day before it’s needed. Just finish the pastry and store it wrapped in the fridge until needed.

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Freezing Instructions:

You can freeze this recipe if after it is made you wrap it in plastic wrap and then seal it in a freezer bag. Remove the air, Label the bag and freeze up to a month.

TO DEFROST:

  • QUICK METHOD: Remove the puff pastry from the freezer and let sit at room temperature in the plastic wrap about 30 minutes. Do not let it warm to room temperature. Keep it cold but workable.
  • LONGER DEFROST: You can also defrost by simply putting the frozen puff pastry in the fridge a day (or several hours) ahead of use. Fridge temps are the best for working this dough.
  • Roll and use as needed.

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Homemade Puffed Pastry
Yield: 1 sheet puff pastry

Puff Pastry Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Homemade Puff pastry takes only about 15 minutes to make with great results. This step by step tutorial and video demonstration make it easy to do. You've got this!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 10 Tablespoons COLD butter
  • 1/3 Cup ICE water

Instructions

  1. Pour flour and salt into a medium size mixing bowl.
  2. Mix together.
  3. Add cold butter chunks
  4. Cut butter into the flour with a pastry cutter until butter is pea size.
  5. Add ice water.
  6. Mix lightly with a fork until the water is distributed and the four is clumping.
  7. With your hands lightly form the dough. It will be crumbly.
  8. Turn the dough out onto your floured board.
  9. With a floured rolling pin work from the center out to the edge of the dough until its a somewhat rectangular sheet.
  10. Fold the dough in half and half again.
  11. Repeat this process for five folds and rolls until the dough is in a smooth cold sheet.
  12. At the final fold wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least an hour before using in a recipe.

Notes

Tips:

  1. Keep everything cold. This includes the water, butter and even the flour to start.
  2. If using a metal rolling pin freeze it at least 15 to 30 minutes before rolling this dough. And keep covered in flour as you work the dough.
  3. For wood rolling pins sprinkle constantly with flour to reduce sticking.
  4. Work the dough quickly. If you have to step away while working the dough, set the dough in the fridge until you return.
  5. Use your rolling pin lightly. Do NOT allow the butter to fulling incorporate into the dough. You want the butter distinct in the rolled dough to gain maximum puffiness.
  6. After final fold wrap and chill at least an hour before baking. This allows the dough gluten to develop for a more resilient better quality dough.

Nutrition Information

Yield

13

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 113Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 23mgSodium 115mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 1g

Nutrition for this recipe is entirely dependant on how big your serving is. That depends on how you use it. I took the serving size from a commercial brand. So this nutrition is based on that.

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