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Puff Pastry

| March 16, 2013 Comment

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.

Servings: 8
Cooking Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

For Pastry

  • 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)

Preparation

  1. 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.)
  2. Add butter and cut in into the flour with a fork to form a crumbly mixture (or use the food processor to do this).
  3. 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).
  4. Form the dough into a round shape, wrap it in a plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  5. Preheat the oven to 400°.
  6. 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.
  7. Brush a little water along the edges, of each square and fold them into triangles, making sure there are no gaps.
  8. Brush the tops of the pastries with a little vegetable oil (optional).
  9. Brush a large baking sheet with a little oil and place the pastries on it.
  10. Bake at 400° for 40-50 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown.
  11. Cool the pastries for about 10 minutes before serving with hot tea or coffee.

Cooking Tip

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.

Preparation

  1. Thaw 1 puff pastry sheet from Pepperidge Farm for 40 minutes.
  2. Heat the oven to 425°F.
  3. Roll pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface into a 2 1/2-3-inch wide strip, and cut into 3 squares.
  4. Brush the edges of the squares with water and fold over the sheet to form a triangle. Press the edges to seal.
  5. Place the puff pastries on a baking sheet, and bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Cool the pastries on a wire rack for 10 minutes and serve with hot masala chai or coffee.

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