Puff Pastry is a delightful snack you can enjoy any time. Whether you make the puff pastries from scratch, or use the store-bought puff pastry sheets, this snack is sure to be liked by kids and adults. You can serve these plain or with a little confectioner’s sugar sprinkled on them. This has always been a favorite snack of mine.
Cooking Time: 1 hour
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (maida)
- 8 tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small cubes and chilled
- 1 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 4-5 tbsp ice water
- 1 tsp vegetable oil (for brushing the tops of the pastry)
- Combine the flour, sugar, and salt and whisk to mix all the ingredients. (Or, put them in a food processor and pulse for a few seconds.)
- Add butter and cut in into the flour with a fork to form a crumbly mixture (or use the food processor to do this).
- Add 1 tsp of water at a time and form a thick dough (don’t over-knead the dough; you should see bits of butter in the dough).
- Form the dough into a round shape, wrap it in a plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 400°.
- Remove the pastry dough from the refrigerator and roll it on a lightly floured surface into a large rectangle (about 16×11 inches). Cut the sheet into six 4×4-inch squares.
- Brush a little water along the edges, of each square and fold them into triangles, making sure there are no gaps.
- Brush the tops of the pastries with a little vegetable oil (optional).
- Brush a large baking sheet with a little oil and place the pastries on it.
- Bake at 400° for 40-50 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown.
- Cool the pastries for about 10 minutes before serving with hot tea or coffee.
If you don’t want to make the pastry dough yourself, use the store-bought puff-pastry sheets ( such as pastry sheets from Pepperidge Farm, available in most grocery stores) for your pastries.
Pastry baking is easy with pastry sheets from Pepperidge Farm.
- Thaw 1 puff pastry sheet from Pepperidge Farm for 40 minutes.
- Heat the oven to 425°F.
- Roll pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface into a 2 1/2-3-inch wide strip, and cut into 3 squares.
- Brush the edges of the squares with water and fold over the sheet to form a triangle. Press the edges to seal.
- Place the puff pastries on a baking sheet, and bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
- Cool the pastries on a wire rack for 10 minutes and serve with hot masala chai or coffee.
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