PUFF PASTRY … better off buying it! :s

Puff Pastry

Honestly, at good groceries or online you can find very good puff pastry already made which is much easier and quicker than making your own.

Nevertheless, here we have a quick and easy recipe for good home made puff pastry:

Ingredients

1000 gr Strong Flour (T45)

450 gr butter

500 ml water

20 gr salt

400 gr dry butter

Method

Sift the flour onto a marble work surface, you need something cold to work your puff pastry on.

Dissolve salt into water and work this together with the flour.

Cut the 450 gr of butter into small pieces and work everything together.

Do not work the dough too much. Once you have a ball, loosely wrap it up and chill it in the refrigerator to rest for at least 1 hour.

Place the dry butter between two sheets of parchment paper and knock it down until you have a flat square about 1cm thick. Chill this in the refrigerator, as well.

Dust your working surface with flour, roll out the dough to a rectangle approx. 20 cm x 30 cm, 1 cm thick. Lay the square butter over the 2/3 of the dough.  The dough must be 2-3 cm wider than the butter. Fold the remaining 1/3 of the dough over the portion spread with butter and fold the ‘dough and butter’ layer over the first one again, so to have two layers of butter and three layers of dough.

Now, roll out this piece to about the same size as before and fold it into three again.

Turn the dough of 90° (better to do that always on the same side), and roll it out again.

This is the first turn.

Wrap it up with cling film and rest it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Usually, to remember how many turns have been given, you put II (in this case) finger marks on the dough.

Repeat this rolling and folding to have a total of 6 turns, with resting periods between them.

If your dough doesn’t stretch easily, it needs more rest in the refrigerator.

…GOOD LUCK!

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