Puff pastry is a light, flaky, and buttery dough used in both savory and sweet dishes, ranging from appetizers to main courses to even desserts. It is made up of just three ingredients, namely flour, salt, and butter and yet it rises to a great height without the addition of a leavening agent. It is not difficult to make puff pastry however, it is indeed a painstaking process and requires all your effort and time. Homemade puff pastry can be kept in the refrigerator for several days.
Puff Pastry Recipes
Bread flour- 5 cups
Salt- 2 ½ teaspoon
Water- 2 cups, or as needed
Unsalted butter- 2 cups, at room temperature
Puff Pastry Recipes Instructions:
Take a large bowl and mix together flour and salt. Gradually start adding water until the dough holds together enough to clean the sides of your bowl. You may not require full amount of water. Then, shape it into a flat ball and let it rest for about 10 minutes.
Keep the unsalted butter between two pieces of plastic wrap and using a rolling pin or a heavy object, shape it into a flat disc. Refrigerate it for about 20 minutes until firm.
Lightly flour the surface and roll out the dough into a large rectangle, preferably about ½ inches thick. Keep the disc of chilled butter in the center and fold the two ends of the dough over it in order to completely encase it.
Roll out the dough again to about ½ inch thick and make sure not to let the butter break through the dough. Fold into thirds. This will be the first turn. Rotate the dough 90 degrees and roll it again into a rectangle. Fold into thirds. By this time, the butter will start to warm up.
On a baking sheet, place the dough and mark it with two pokes from your finger that will indicate two turns. Wrap the dough in plastic and keep it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
You need to repeat this rolling, folding, turning two times, and finally refrigerating it until firm. Repeat it two more times to complete a total of 6 turns. Then, wrap it up and refrigerate.
Now, the dough is ready to be rolled out and using it in any recipe calling for puff pastry. Roll out the dough as thin as ¼ inch to make pastries.
bake it in a preheated oven of at least 400°F (200℃) in order to get the maximum puff from your pastry.
Making a puff pastry takes a lot of time, technique, and skill. Make sure to handle it carefully, keep it cool and firm, and watch how much flour you add to it. you can store it for several days or it may be frozen for several months but, thaw in the refrigerator before using it. If you are planning to make something interesting for this party season, here is the perfect recipe for your puff pastry you might want to try.