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Puff Pastry

This easy puff pastry is a great item to have on hand in the freezer. Very versatile, it can be used for a quick dessert or made into a savory appetizer. The recipe that follows yields four squares of pastry dough.
1. Place the cut-up butter chunks in the freezer for 10 – 15 minutes to get it icy cold.

2. Add 1/3 C of the cold butter and pulse a few times to combine with the flour. The butter/flour mixture should have a crumb-like texture.

3. Add the remaining butter but this time only pulse 4 times. There should be small butter chunks visible in the mixture now.

4. Add the ice water by hand. Do not over-mix or your pastry will be tough.

5. Turn the shaggy dough out onto a clean surface dusted with flour. Shape the dough into a rectangle. Dust a rolling pin with flour and roll the dough out into a 12” x 16” rectangle.

6. Lifting along the 12” edge, fold the dough into the center, then over-lap with the opposite 12” edge. This will create a 4” x 16” rectangle.

7. Now roll the dough rectangle up like a jelly roll along the 4” edge.

8. Using a lightly floured rolling pin, once again roll the dough out into a 4” x 16” rectangle. Roll the dough up jelly roll style once more, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before using.

9. Once chilled for an hour you can roll the dough out one last time and then cut it into four, 4” squares. Stack the squares with a piece of parchment in between each layer and freeze for later use.

1 C cold butter, cut into small ½” chunks
1 C unbleached white flour
1 C whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ C ice water
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