Homemade Puff Pastry
Rs. 200/- Per Kg
How to bake puff pastry
When you’re ready to bake your puff pastry, pull it out of the fridge and roll it to a thickness of about 1/8 to 1/4-inch, depending on how you’re planning to use it.
If I’m making a baked brie, for example, I might go a closer to 1/4-inch, but if I’m making puff pastry cups, I might roll it a little thinner so it’s easier to tuck into the wells of the cupcake pan.
Then you can cut your puff pastry down to whatever size you need. I like using a pizza cutter to do this.
If you want to give your pastry a beautiful, golden brown sheen, brush it with an egg beaten with a couple of teaspoons of water.
And the most important thing to remember: for this to work, the pastry must be COLD and the oven must be HOT. Make sure the pastry feels cold and stiff and make sure your oven is preheated, so that the minute it goes in, the butter releases steam and lifts all those gorgeous layers.
Bake times will vary based on exactly what it is you are making, so follow your recipe! But I have found that most of the time, an oven temperature of 400 degrees F and a bake time of 20 to 25 minutes works best. The pastry should look puffed (obvs) and deeply golden brown, and it should feel light and shatteringly crisp.
What can puff pastry be used for?
One of the best things about puff pastry is how versatile it is. It can be used in so many ways, both sweet and savory!
Savory uses for puff pastry
- Cut the pastry into long strips, sprinkle with grated cheese, twist and bake for cheese straws.
- Wrap strips around sausages or mini hot dogs for the best sausage rolls/pigs in a blanket ever.
- Cover a small wheel of brie or camembert cheese for a brie en croute, aka: baked brie.
- Make little tarts or cut rounds and top with mushrooms, spinach, and/or onions for a savory appetizer or pizza.
- Top individual chicken patties, cram roll, Bakarkhani, Biscuit and much more.
Sweet uses for puff pastry
- Bake rectangles of puff pastry and sandwich around whipped cream or pastry cream and fruit, for napoleons.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, roll into a tight “C,” cut into slices and bake .
- Roll around a fruit/cheese filling to make a strudel of sorts.
- Sandwich around jam for homemade pop tarts.
- Cut into rings and fry in hot oil for the most incredible donuts!