Puff Pastry Master Class

Here's how to make your very own pastry from scratch.

Ingredients


  • 500 g plain flour
  • 200 ml water
  • 1 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 25 ml white wine vinegar or lemon juice
  • 50 g melted butter
  • 400 g chilled butter

Method

  1. Begin by mixing the dough. Sift flour into a bowl, add water, salt, vinegar and melted butter.
  2. When forms a soft ball, wrap this in cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Incorporate/fold the butter into the pastry by, rolling out and wrapping around a slab of butter.
  4. Or, sift the flour and salt onto cold cubes of butter. For a deliciously rich pastry, use an equal weight of butter and flour.
  5. Cut the butter into the flour. Using a pastry scraper or a large chef's knife, work until you have a crumbly mixture. Flatten any large chunks of butter with just your fingertips.
  6. Add the ice-cold water a little at a time to bind the dough loosely. Mix the dough with the pastry scraper until it just hangs together.
  7. Shape the messy, shaggy dough into a rough rectangle and roll it out until it's 1/2 inch thick. Resist the temptation to overwater or overwork the dough; it will eventually hold together. The dough is then repeatedly rolled, folded, and turned.
  8. The goal is to distribute the butter evenly in sheets throughout the dough.




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