Making Puff Pastry at home
Making Puff Pastry at home
I used to think making Puff pastry at home was a difficult task till recently. When I stayed in Dubai, we used to get these frozen readymade Puff Pastry sheets. I loved making snacks with those pastry sheets. Easy flaky Puff pastry snacks like, Puff sausage rolls, Egg Puffs, Meat Puffs, Sugar glazed puff biscuits etc., all these yummy treats, in very less time!! But after coming to India, it was hard to get puff pastry sheets. And I missed them very much.
This is a simple and easy to make Puff Pastry recipe and it can be stored in freezer for one to two weeks. And you can make your choice of snacks with it. Shall we begin? It is easy, believe me. We will make all those wonderful puff snacks together. I will put up many easy and simple puff recipes for you. So we will start with the basic steps of Making Puff Pastry at home first.
|Flour||: 2 cups (300 gms approx)|
|Salt||: as required/ ½ tsp|
|Butter||: 100 gms|
|Ice Cold water||: ½ cup or more|
In a wide bowl, mix flour and salt. Chop half of the cold butter (50 gms), in small cubes. Mix well to bring a crumbled effect. You should be able to see bits of butter. Now, make a well, and pour little cold water and knead into a rough dough. Add more water if required. Take care not to make it smooth by over kneading.
On a clean surface or board, dust some flour and keep the dough. Pat and make a rough square shape with your hand. Dust flour and with a rolling pin, roll the dough into a rectangular shape. Melt the remaining butter. Mark three vertical, equal portions on the rectangle. With a brush, smear butter on 2/3 portion of the rectangle. dust it with flour. Take the plain end of the rectangle and bring to the middle portion. Check the photos.
Then from the other end, bring that portion also to the middle and place on top of the other two portions. See photo below. Now, we have three layers. Rotate the dough one quarter.
Dust again and roll out again into rectangle. Mark three portions and repeat the process. Roll, fold and turn like this for almost 6 times. After the last fold, cover the rectangle in a plastic wrap and chill for one hour or more. You can store this in the freezer if you don’t plan to use it immediately.
After one hour, you can take out from chill, cut into squares to make Puffs of your choice, sweet puff biscuits etc.
- Butter should be cold and firm.
- You may use dalda or margarine instead of butter. Butter gives a better flavor.
- Use cold water to knead the dough.
- The dough should not be over kneaded at first
- Always dust with flour before rolling.
- You can cut the sides with a knife to make perfect squares and use the cuttings for making flaky sugar pastry.
- You need to repeat the process 6 or more times.
Try this out and keep the pastry ready. We will make many puff recipes together. Let me know your comments if you like this Puff Pastry recipe or share with your friends through the buttons on the side. God Bless!!