Tell-a-FriendPuff Pastry

Posted in Baking and Sweet Recipes  
Puff Pastry 

Puff pastry is a type of traditional French pastry which is made by repeatedly folding a dough around a block of butter. When the pastry cooks, steam trapped inside the dough separates the folded layers, creating a puffy, flaky finished product.

Prep Time:
Cook Time: n/a
Total Time:
Makes: 500 grams
Ingredients
  • 250 g cake flour

  • 2 ml salt

  • 12,5 ml lard

  • 125 ml iced water mixed with 10 ml brandy

  • 250 g butter, chilled and grated

Method
  1. Sift flour and salt together twice, then rub in lard with fingertips.

  2. Using a knife, cut iced water mixed with brandy into flour.

  3. Knead dough lightly on a floured surface until smooth and elastic and small bubbles form on surface. Work lightly and quickly to keep dough cold.

  4. Roll dough out to 5-10 mm thick. Place the butter (straight from the fridge) in the middle of the dough. Fold dough over from corners, envelope fashion.

  5. Roll out dough and repeat twice more. Wrap dough in waxed paper and chill in refrigerator before use.

Tips
  1. All ingredients must be kept as cold as possible.

  2. If dough becomes too sticky, refrigerate it for minutes.

  3. Take care not to scorch pastry, as it will taste bitter.

  4. Bake at 230-260°C — reduce temperature to 200°C after 5-10 minutes.

Category: Baking

Cuisine: Global

Total Views: 2469

Word Count: 505

Comment on Twitter

More Recipes in "Baking and Sweet Recipes"

Quick Flaky Pastry
Posted 20-11-2009 in Baking and Sweet Recipes
Quick flaky pastry, a quick and easy alternative to puff pastry, inflates into crisp shells with tender interiors. It is a versatile pastry as it can be us…
View Details »
Jam Tarts
Posted 20-11-2009 in Baking and Sweet Recipes
Jam Tarts
These melt-in-the-mouth jam tarts are made using the puff pastry recipe listed on this site and can be filled with any jam. Use two or three…
View Details »
Koeksisters
Posted 22-10-2009 in Baking and Sweet Recipes
Koeksisters
The sweet taste of these twisted plaits of golden dough soaked in thick syrup until translucent make koeksisters a great favourite in South Africa…
View Details »
Turkish Delight
Posted 22-10-2009 in Baking and Sweet Recipes
Turkish Delight
Turkish Delight is easy to make at home. Rose water can be found at specialty food stores. When the sugar syrup boils, coat the inside of the saucepan…
View Details »
Koesisters
Posted 23-10-2009 in Baking and Sweet Recipes
Koesisters
Koesisters are spongier, plumper and spicier than its Afrikaans cousin koeksisters. They are never plaited and sometimes made with the addition of…
View Details »

All Recipes in "Baking and Sweet Recipes"