How to Make Puff Pastry

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Puff pastry is a staple in every master baker's repertoire, and is an important part of many mouth-watering recipes. Make this quick puff pastry for turnovers, strudels or any other recipe that calls for a light and flaky dough.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup cold butter (sliced)
  • 5/8 cup of water (ice cold)
  • Oil

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Combine the flour and salt in a mixing bowl, and add the sliced butter. Mix until the butter slices are coated with the flour.

  2. 2

    Add the water and mix with a wooden spoon.

  3. 3

    Place the pastry dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead it into a loose ball. Form the dough into a rectangular shape. Roll it flat and fold the dough into thirds, then turn the dough one quarter and fold it again to create nine layers. Repeat this entire step.

  4. 4

    Wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap and let it cool in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and repeat Step 3 two more times. Re-wrap the dough and place it in the refrigerator for another 20 minutes.

  5. 5

    Remove the pastry dough from the refrigerator and slice it into equally sized pieces.

  6. 6

    Place the pastries onto an oiled cookie sheet. Leave ample space between each pastry to prevent them from sticking together.

  7. 7

    Bake the puff pastries at 400 to 425 degrees F until they're golden, puffy and appear dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Open the oven door very carefully or the pastries might fall. Use the oven light to monitor their progress.

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