I love making little appetizers with puff pastry. Puff pastry can be made with very few ingredients, and it’s delicious! I’ve always used the store-bought puff pastry sheets, but making it is very easy! This easy homemade puff pastry can be made beforehand which is super convenient for your next party.
The great thing about making puff pastry is the few ingredients needed.
Four Ingredients for Puff Pastry
Very COLD Butter – Do not use margarine. I use unsalted butter. The butter must be very cold. Cube and keep in the refrigerator until ready to add to the flour.
Flour – I always use fresh, unbleached white flour.
Salt – I use sea salt.
Cold Water – I put ice in water and let it sit while I put the ingredients together.
Tips for Making Homemade Puff Pastry
Keeping everything cold is the most important step when making puff pastry. Very cold butter, very cold water, and chilling the dough will help the pastry be puffy. Folding the dough over itself will help it be flaky.
Evenly distributing the butter is another important tip in making puff pastry. There should be bits of butter, cold, and well distributed throughout the dough. We add one-half of the butter to the flour in the food processor, then the other half.
- 1 1/4 c. cold, cubed, unsalted butter
- 2 c. unbleached white flour
- 1/2 c. ice cold water
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- Add the 2 cups of flour to a food processor.
- Add 1/2 of the butter, cold and cubed, pulse until the butter blends, just a few pulses.
- Add the remaining cubed butter and pulse again.
- Add the cold water, slowly, pulsing a few times until the dough comes together.
- Dump onto a floured surface. Using your hands, combine the dough and flatten it into a rectangle.
- Roll into a 10" x 15" rectangle and fold the sides in, and then fold again.
- Chill for at least an hour. Use this dough as you would any frozen puff pastry.
- It's ready to roll out and fill with your favorite fillings!
Keep everything cold, especially the butter!
I’ll be making some fun treats with this dough. Try our blueberry cream cheese Danish with it!
Happy doughmaking! Theresa
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