Simple puff pastry

Easy: 6 steps, about 1 hour

Do you remember these delightful ideas for folding puff pastry? This pastry dough is a miracle and the biggest accomplishment of French cooks. It's buttery in taste and fluffy, delicate and perfect for almost any baked recipe that is destined to impress. While this simple puff pastry is not as good as the original French recipe, it skips all that butter drama and difficulty, which will be a plus for less advanced cooks! Lightly knead the dough, let it rest in the refrigerator for some time and roll in one session.

Make sure that water and fat are cold (between freezing and room temperature), which will prevent sticking of the dough!

Ingredients for 8 portions

  • Flour: 250g
  • Vegetable shortening: 250g
  • Water: 150ml (150g)
  • Salt: ½ teaspoons (3g)

Step #1: Utensils

  • rolling pin,
  • pastry cutter or a sharp knife,
  • wrapping foil,
  • baking paper.

Step #2: Knead the dough (5 minutes)

Sieve the flour into a large bowl, then add salt and the vegetable shortening sliced into rough 1-2cm cubes, then mix to dust the fat with flour and separate bits stuck together.

Make a small hole in the middle of the mix, then add 100ml of water, and mix with a fork. Add rest of the water if necessary to make a firm, sticky dough.

Knead the dough in the bowl lightly, try not to break the lumps of butter (they will be needed later!) — aim for a "marbled look", i.e. dough should have visible bits of butter.

Step #3: Rest the dough (30 minutes)

Wrap the dough with foil and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to let it cool down, distribute moisture across it, and firm up.

Step #4: Roll the dough

Dust the working place with flour, then dust each side of the dough when taking it out of the wrapping foil.

Flatten the dough into a 2-2.5cm high square, then make sure is well dusted with flour. Start rolling back and forth into one direction, trying to keep it tidy and rectangular.

Dust the dough on top, removing any excess of the flour. Fold 1/3 from the bottom, then on top of that fold the other 1/3, making an envelope, and dust the top with flour.

Rotate 90 degrees and repeat rolling into one direction back-and-forth. Like before, dust the top, then fold 1/3 from the bottom, 1/3 from the top and dust on top.

Repeat last step once more, to achieve 27 layers of dough. Make sure that the dough is dusted between steps, which will prevent sticking of the layers.

Step #5: Shape the pastry (5 minutes)

Now it is time for some fun, you can follow the ideas for folding puff pastry presented before, or cut your long stripe of dough into squares and then again into triangles to form small crossaints — slightly stretch the side and roll from the long-side to the tip, to form the well known shape.

Step #6: Bake your pastry (20 minutes)

Preheat the oven to 200°C and bake your pastry for 25 minutes. Take them out and lay on a cooling rack to keep them extra crispy!

Nutritional value of 1 portion (82g of 653g total)

Calories (kcal)
478.16 in 100g
17% GDA
Protein (g)
3.83 in 100g
6% GDA
Carbohydrates (g)
29.12 in 100g
8% GDA
Sugar (g)
0 in 100g
0% GDA
Fat (g)
38.7 in 100g
38% GDA
Saturated fat (g)
9.58 in 100g
31% GDA
Sodium (mg)
0.15 in 100g
2% GDA

The nutritional information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding proper nutrition.

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