How to Score a Puff Pastry

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How to Score a Puff Pastry
Puff pastry filled with fruits may sometimes escape through the scored lines. (Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Puff pastry is a French invention, created by a pastry chef in 1645, and is made by layering thin pastry dough and butter to form a dough that puffs up into a very flaky, buttery pastry. The soft, warm and flaky layers of puff pastry are commonly used in sweet and savoury pastry dishes. When using puff pastry to make a dessert such a fruit tart, the recipe may call for the pastry to be scored, which adds a decorative touch and also allows steam to release while baking.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Prepared puff pastry
  • Sharp knife

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  1. 1

    Place the knife in one area of the pastry where you want to score or where the recipe indicates for you to score.

  2. 2

    Press the knife into the pastry to make a shallow slit. Cut into the pastry until you reach the fruit, meat or cheese inside, but not any further.

  3. 3

    Drag the knife across the pastry to make a long or short slit depending on what you are making. Continue preparing the pastry dish according to your recipe.

Tips and warnings

  • True puff pastry takes several hours to make from scratch, but you can purchase frozen puff pastry that will shorten your baking time.

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