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Easy Puff Pastry

August 30, 2010 1 Comment


~ Pic: Frozen Puff ~

We are all time poor, I get that trust me, but I refuse to believe that because of this fact we need to lose all those wonderful skills our mothers and grandmothers would perform as a part of their every day life. I can assure you that my grandmother did not pop out to the grocery store every time she needed bread, pasta or puff pastry for example. I know it is true, to be a master puff pastry maker takes years of dedication but I hope for my sake this is not an all or nothing conversation because I know I am no master pastry maker! However I have found a recipe that is easy and does not require a bachelor degree to make. It still takes a little time, but you do it in steps so you can walk away and do other things while making your buttery, flaky and yummy EASY puff pastry. So here it is.

Ingredients…

  • 450g (3 cups) plain flour
  • 1 tsp fine salt
  • 450g cold butter, coarsely chopped
  • This recipe makes approx 1kg of puff pastry.

How to…

  1. Sieve flour and 1 tsp fine salt onto a work surface
  2. Scatter butter over flour and cut butter into flour with pastry scraper until roughly mixed. You should now be able to see small lumps of butter in the mixture
  3. Make well in the center, add 180ml iced water and use pastry scraper to just combine
  4. Bring dough together with the heel of your hand, divide in half, form a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and rest in refrigerator for about 30 mins or until firm
  5. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to form a 1.5cm thick rectangle (15cm x 40cm)
  6. Fold dough in half to form a book fold. Repeat with remaining dough, Wrap both and refrigerate again for another 30 mins of until firm
  7. Repeat rolling and folding with each piece twice more. Wrap in plastic wrap and rest in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before use. Dough will keep refrigerated for 3 days or frozen for 3 months. The picture above is of a piece of frozen puff made from this recipe.

You can utilise half of this puff pastry recipe to make the yummy Mushroom and ricotta galette.

Buon Appetito.

This recipe is from the August 2010 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.

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