All-Butter Puff Pastry

 

Yes, I know that this picture is pretty pathetic, but read on… 

Puff pastry has been on my to-do list for so long. I’ve just not found the excuse to make it because I wouldn’t use it in everyday cooking. I rarely cook with puff-pastry, in fact the last time I did cook with it was probably around 2000. That was when I was a lot unhealthier. I’d buy Asda’s frozen puff pastry, roll it out, cut the pastry into squares, place a slice of mature (sharp) cheese diagonally, top it with a rasher of bacon, then folded the two corners of the square over the cheese/bacon filling and baked them. Now, I’d hate to think how much fat and calories was in each one of those pastries!

W & S were having a drinks party one Saturday, and I was told that my nibbles were always welcome. My plan was to make mini sausage rolls, cheese sables and may be some crostini and tuna paste.  

I made the pastry in advance and was going to assemble them on Friday, to be baked on Saturday. But we ended up not going, because J was sick with flu. Luckily I hadn’t made anything other than the puff pastry, which can be frozen for later use.

I was a little disappointed because I wanted to see how well my puff pastry turned out. I was so determined to see, that I cut a small chunk off before freezing it, flattened it and baked it at 200°C/400°F.  Apparently, a really well made puff pastry should puff up by at least four times its original size when baked. Mine did an excess of four times – I was very impressed! Why I doubt my skill, I have no idea! It was lop-sided pastry because the piece that I cut off was at the edge, where very few layers are created during the folding process.

I will definitely upload better pictures when I get around to using this pastry! Ok, I finally used this batch of puff pastry to make palmiers – the result was excellent:

 

 

ALL-BUTTER PUFF PASTRY

Makes around 750 g (1 ⅔ lb) 

Adapted from “Baker and Spice – Baking with Passion“, by D. Lepard and R. Whittington

  

Ingredients

For the butter package

  • 170 g (¾ c) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 75 g (½ c) plain (all-purpose) flour

For the dough

  • 280 g (1 ¾ c and 1 ½ T) plan (all-purpose) flour
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 90 ml (⅓ c and 2 t) water
  • 1 t salt

  

Method

1. Make the butter package by mixing together the butter and flour. Flatten to a 1 cm (½ inch) thick square/rectangle. Wrap well with cling film (plastic wrap) and chill in the refrigerator overnight.

2. To make the dough, place the flour, egg yolks and salt into a stand mixer bowl.

3. With the dough hook attachment on at low speed, gradually add the water (you may not use it all) whilst mixing/kneading. Once a ball of dough is formed, knead for 5-8 minutes, or until soft and elastic.

4. Shape into a flattish square/rectangle about 1 cm (½ inch) thick.  Wrap well with cling film (plastic wrap) and chill in the refrigerator overnight.

5. On a floured wooden surface, roll out the dough to a size big enough to envelope the butter package.

6. Envelop the butter package so that the dough ends overlap.

7. Roll the pastry out to 15-17 ½ cm x 32 ½ -35 cm (6-7 inch x 13-14 inch), then fold along the shortest ends about one-sixth in, then fold again, then fold again like closing a book. This should make six layers in this step.

8. Roll the dough until about 1 cm (½ inch) thick, then fold the dough into three, perpendicular to step 7 (should make 3 layers in this step). Wrap and chill for 1 hour.

9. Repeat steps 7 & 8 three more times.

10. Roll the resulting dough to about 1 cm (½ inch) thick, wrap in cling film and either chill/freeze until required (allow for a 24 hour refrigerator thaw).

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