Easy Homemade Puff Pastry
If you've ever cooked or baked with puff pastry, you know how light, flaky and delicious it is. It's great for pot pies, empanadas, croissants and so much more. In the past, I always used the store-bought pastry, but one day I needed it for a dish and couldn't find it in the store. So I made my own and it was just as good, if not better! And very easy to make, and cheaper than buying it at the grocery store.
Here's how to make it:
Ingredients (this makes one sheet, double the recipe for 2)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 TSP granulated salt
10 TBS unsalted butter, cold
1/3 cup ice-cold water
In a medium bowl, add the flour and salt and stir to mix.
Cut the butter into 1-inch cubes and add it to the flour mixture. Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut the butter into the dough. It will be very crumbly, and you'll know it's ready when the butter is in pea-sized pieces.
Next, make a hole in the center of the dough and pour in the very cold water. Use a fork to combine the dough.
Lightly flour a pastry mat or cutting board, and add the dough. Pat it into a rough square. You will still see chunks of butter and it may appear dry, but that's okay.
Flour a rolling pin, and roll the dough into a rectangle about 10" long. It doesn't have to be perfect!
Fold the bottom third of the dough over the middle of the dough, then fold the upper third of the dough on top of the middle so you have a rectangle. Rotate the dough one-quarter turn, and repeat. Use additional flour as needed to prevent the dough from sticking. Do this 6 times - this gives the dough that buttery, flaky texture.
Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least one hour, or overnight.
When ready to use, roll out the dough on a slightly floured surface.
Did you make it? Share pics in the comments!