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Puff Pastry

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

NotesPuff pastry is more buttery and flaky than regular pastry. It can be used in place of regular pastry for a richer crust.

Make ahead:

Store pastry cylinder, tightly wrapped in plastic wrap, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Or roll out, wrap between sheets of parchment paper, place on a baking sheet and freeze for up to 2 months.

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 2 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

OccasionBuffet, Casual Dinner Party, Cocktail Party, Family Get-together, Formal Dinner Party

Dietary Considerationegg-free, halal, kosher, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Equipmentelectric mixer

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Taste and Texturebuttery, crisp, light

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups (375 ml) unbleached all-purpose flour 
  • ½ cup (125 ml) cake flour 
  • ½ tsp (2 ml) salt 
  • 1 cup (250 ml) unsalted butter, cut into 10 pieces 
  • ½ cup (125 ml) ice water (approx.) 
  • Flat beater

Instructions

  1. Place all-purpose flour, cake flour, salt and butter in the mixer bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 1 hour. Attach the flat beater and mixer bowl to the mixer. Set to stir and mix for about 1 minute, until butter is the size of peas. Add ice water in a steady stream and mix until dough comes together in 2 or 3 clumps. Do not overmix.

  2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and pat into an 8- by 4-inch (20 by 10 cm) rectangle. Using a metal spatula for support, fold dough into thirds, much as you would fold a business letter. (This is called a turn.) Turn the open end toward you. Using a rolling pin, roll out to an 8- by 4-inch (20 by 10 cm) rectangle. Fold into thirds again, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  3. Place pastry on floured work surface and roll out to an 8- by 4-inch (20 by 10 cm) rectangle. Fold into thirds and turn the open end toward you. Roll out to a 12- by 4-inch (30 by 10 cm) rectangle. Starting with a short side, roll up jelly-roll style to form a tight cylinder. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Roll out as directed in the recipe.

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