Quick Puff Pastry
Purchasing pastry dough from the store is such a quick task but as usual, we dont always know what ingredients go into making sure the dough is preserved properly nor do we know how to pronounce most of the ingredients on the package. To save some stomach aches and some time between driving to the grocery store and back, here is my fool proof recipe for pastry dough. Creating this light and puffy dough is something everyone should know how to do. Its versatile to where you can do ham and cheese roll ups, pigs in a blanket if you're into pork meat, even making breakfast pop tarts are breeze with this recipe. Have fun with it! Make a mess and post your flour covered kitchen on Instagram if you can.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
10 tablespoons high-quality butter (5 ounces), cold
1/3 cup ice cold water
In a medium bowl, add the flour and salt. Stir to mix.
Next, cube the butter and then add it to the flour bowl. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut the butter into the dough. It will be very crumbly, and you're done when the butter is in uniform pieces all about the size of peas.
Next, make a hole in the center of the dough and pour in all of the water. Using a fork, stir to combine the dough.
Flour a cutting board, and add the dough. Pat it into a rough square. You will still see chunks of butter and it will seem too dry, but do not add extra water. The dough will come together with each roll.
Flour the rolling pin, and roll the dough out in front of you into a rectangle about 10" long. No need to be too precise here.
Fold the bottom third of the dough over the middle of the dough. Fold the upper third of the dough on top of the middle too. Rotate the dough one-quarter turn, and repeat. Use additional flour as needed to prevent the dough from sticking.
Roll out, fold, and turn the dough at least 6 or 7 times.
When done, wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least one hour, or overnight. Dough may be frozen, too.
Now you're all done! Find your favorite recipe to roll things together, bake, and enjoy!