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Easy Rough Puff Pastry Recipe

An easy and quick puff pastry recipe with step-by-step instructions. In just a few hours you will have the perfect homemade dough for your sweet and savory dishes.

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The process to create puff pastry is made simple by following the proper procedures. I encourage anyone new to making this dough to watch my short YouTube video. The video is less than four minutes and following these steps will ensure you have the perfect outcome.

Tips for making the Dough:

Ingredients for the easy puff pastry recipe:

A total of four ingredients are needed to make this recipe:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Ice water
  • Salt
  • Unsalted butter: the butter must be cold when creating this dough. If not, the butter may melt. Which means your creations will not have crispy pastry layers. This recipe uses a total of 12 ounces of butter. Prepare the butter as follows:
    • Grate 2 ounces of butter using a kitchen grater or chopping finely with a knife (the grated butter should resemble shredded cheese).
    • Chop the remaining 10 ounces of flour into cubes approximately 1/2″.

Make the rough puff pastry:

Time needed: 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Procedure to make the pastry dough:

  1. Prepare the butter

    Cut 10 ounces (20 tablespoons) of cold butter into ½” cubes. Return butter cubes to refrigerator to keep cold. Using a cheese grater, grate the additional 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) of butter. Set aside or place in refrigerator if not using immediately.

  2. Make the salt water

    Add salt to a glass of cold water. Stir briefly to dissolve.

  3. Work grated butter into the flour

    Place flour in a mixing bowl. Add the grated butter. Press the butter between your fingers and thumbs – continue working until the mixture is powdery. grated butter in flour

  4. Added cubed butter to the flour

    Add the butter cubes to the flour mixture. Toss to distribute evenly.whole pieces of butter in flour

  5. Add salted water to the flour/butter mixture

    Add the salted water to the bowl. Mix gently with a rubber spatula.adding water to puff pastry

  6. Form and roll dough

    Pour the dough out onto a floured surface. Lightly knead the dough until it begins to hold together. Sprinkle the dough with flour. Press down with your hands to form into a rectangle. Press and pound the dough with a rolling pin to flatten further. Roll the dough until it is approximately ¼” thick and a 8″ x 20″ rectangle.begin rolling quick puff pastry dough

  7. Fold puff pastry

    Fold the top half of the dough to to the middle (note: place dough in the fridge for 10 minutes if the butter begins melting)first easy puff pastry fold

  8. Continue folding

    Fold the bottom half of the puff pastry to meet the first fold.

  9. Finish folding and refrigerate

    Fold over again to form 4 layers. Wrap the dough in plastic and place in refrigerator for 20 minutes. Note: this is referred to as the ‘first fold.’ finished fold for easy rough puff pastry

  10. Second fold

    Generously flour a work surface. Remove dough from the refrigerator and place on work surface. Turn the dough so the fold is on the left and the open flap on the right. Press and pound the dough with a rolling pin to flatten further. Roll the dough until it is approximately ¼” thick and a 8″ x 20″ rectangle. Again, fold both ends of the dough in towards the center. Fold over again to form 4 layers.

  11. Third (final) fold

    Turn the dough so the fold is on the left and the open flap on the right. One last time, repeat pressing and rolling dough to form another 8″ x 20″ rectangle. Again, fold both ends of the dough in towards the center. Fold over again to form 4 layers.

  12. Rest dough

    Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before using.

FAQs

What is puff pastry?

Puff pastry is a laminated pastry with alternating layers of butter and dough. It is light and flaky. Check out this article for an in-depth description.

What can I make with puff pastry?

The recipes you can make with puff pastry are endless! The dough may be used for sweet or savory items. I am a fan of puff pastry appetizers – check out the great recipes on this site for savory appetizers using puff pastry.

How to store puff pastry?

Dough may be kept in the refrigerator for up to 5 days (wrap well in plastic). You may also freeze for up to 3 months.

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Easy Rough Puff Pastry Dough

An easy and quick puff pastry recipe with step-by-step instructions.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Resting Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 12.75 ounces all-purpose flour 3 cups
  • 10 ounces unsalted, cold butter (cut into ½ cubes) 20 tablespoons
  • 2 ounces unsalted, cold butter (grated) 4 tablespoons
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 fluid ounces ice water 1 cup

Instructions
 

  • Cut 10 ounces (20 tablespoons) of the cold butter into ½" cubes. Return butter cubes to refrigerator to keep cold.
  • Using a cheese grater, grate the additional 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) of butter. Set aside.
  • Add salt to the cold water. Stir to dissolve the salt.
  • Place flour in a mixing bowl. Add the grated butter. Press the butter between your fingers and thumbs – continue working until the mixture is powdery.
  • Add the butter cubes to the flour mixture. Toss to distribute evenly.
  • Add the water/salt to the bowl. Mix gently with a rubber spatula.
  • Pour the dough out onto a floured surface. Knead the dough lightly until it begins to hold together.
  • Sprinkle the dough with flour. Press down with your hand to form into a rectangle.
  • Press and pound the dough with a rolling pin to flatten further. Roll over the dough with the rolling pin until it is approximately ¼" thick and a 8" x 20" rectangle.
  • Fold both ends of the dough in towards the center. Fold over again to form 4 layers.
  • Wrap the dough in plastic and place in refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the dough from the refrigerator and unwrap. Turn the dough so the fold is on the left and the open flap on the right.
  • Repeat pressing and rolling dough to form another 8" x 20" rectangle. Again, fold both ends of the dough in towards the center. Fold over again to form 4 layers.
  • One last time, repeat pressing and rolling dough to form another 8" x 20" rectangle. Again, fold both ends of the dough in towards the center. Fold over again to form 4 layers.
  • Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before using.

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