Easy homemade 15-minute puff pastry–so delicious and handy to keep around in the freezer for all of your dessert needs!
Here’s a little HOW-TO VIDEO showing exactly how I make this 15-minute puff pastry recipe:
It’s the holidays, and people are expecting homemade things from you! You can impress them with homemade puff pastry, and I’m going to show you exactly how to do it!
Hold it right there! I see you slowly backing away from your screen when I said ‘homemade puff pastry,’ but, please, come back! I found a method for 15-minute puff pastry from scratch, and you’re going to love it so much that you might commit it to memory. I can’t be the only one who wanted to tattoo the recipe on my forearm after just one bite.
I found this recipe from Clotilde, and I immediately trusted her because she’s French. I trust the French with all pastry-related things. She calls it rough puff pastry, and I love the way that sounds.
I made this puff pastry in 15 minutes half-asleep one morning in my yoga clothes. It’s that easy, and after tasting it, I realized I needed to make it again so that I could photograph it step-by-step to convince you just how easy it is.
I’m dreaming up all sorts of sweet and savory applications for this quick, buttery and puffy dough, and I’m confident that you’re going to love them all!
The best butter for making easy puff pastry from scratch:
First, we must talk about ingredients. This is the time to splurge on fancy butter. The reason the price is higher is because the butter has a higher fat content. The regular sticks at the grocery store have water in them. Weird, right? I’m a devoted Kerrygold girl, because I can buy a 3-pack from Costco for around $8. Très raisonnable.
Another way to tell if butter is high-quality is the color–it should be a vivid golden yellow. Of course, if you have access to French butter or cultured butter, that is great here, too.
There are only three ingredients to this puff pastry recipe. It’s just flour, salt, butter; well, technically cold water is an ingredient, but I don’t count this one. Blend everything together with a pastry cutter or two knives.
Now, we’re going to get our arm work out in for the day. The process is simple. Shape everything into a rough square. You will still see pieces of butter in the dough.
Resist the urge to eat them, and resist the urge to add more water. The dough will come together with each roll out.
Easy homemade puff pastry recipe method:
After patting the dough into a square, flour your rolling pin very well. Roll the dough out into a long rectangle. Then, fold it up like a letter: fold the bottom third up to the middle and then the top third over the middle.
Then, give the dough a quarter turn and repeat. Roll out the dough, fold it like a letter, and turn and repeat at least 5 times. You’ll notice the dough becomes easier and easier to work with. Clotilde recommends not using too much flour to prevent incorporating too much flour into the dough.
I was a little haphazard about this, because I dislike a sticky dough.
After you’ve rolled out the dough 6 or 7 times, you’re done. Wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour. This helps the gluten in the dough relax. I usually let mine rest overnight.
I like to make this on Friday night, and then whip up something puffy and flaky for breakfast Saturday morning.
I’ve been watching my fair share of Great British Bake Off, or as it’s called here in the States, Great British Baking Show. Anytime Paul Hollywood calls for something made with puff pastry, the contestants have to choose between making it the easy or hard way. Almost always, the person who chooses to make it the hard way wins the challenge.
The ‘hard way’ to make puff pastry is to roll all of the butter into a flat sheet, and fold it into the dough one fold at a time. After each fold, it requires refrigeration to set the butter. Repeat this at least six or seven times! I don’t think it’s necessarily hard to do, but it does chain you to the kitchen all afternoon.
The contestants to make easy puff pastry my way still produce something delicious! Maybe the fluff and flake is slightly better when it’s made the hard way, but the flavor is still excellent.
I would even challenge you to make your favorite recipe that calls for puff pastry with this recipe for puff pastry and compare it to a sheet of the store-bought stuff. Now, don’t get me wrong–there is one type of puff pastry in the frozen section that is made with all butter. But for the most part, it isn’t, so check your labels.
How to use puff pastry:
Now that you’ve mastered homemade puff pastry in just 15 minutes, what can you make with it?
I see a lot of comments below asking how to cook this puff pastry. The thing is, you need to take the finished raw dough and use it in a recipe that calls for puff pastry. You would never just cook this puff pastry plain, ok?
Here are some ways to use puff pastry for dessert recipes!
You can use this 15-minute puff pastry recipe to make something sweet…like APPLE TARTE TATIN:
Or a small batch of APPLE TURNOVERS:
How about something savory: HAM AND CHEESE PUFF PASTRY SQUARES:
Or, you can fry it and make PUFF PASTRY DONUTS:
If you use the recipe to make something else, I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below! Again, please use this raw dough that this recipe produces in any recipe that calls for one sheet of puff pastry. It is not meant to be baked and eaten by itself. That would be weird, ok? Do you eat plain dough?
Recipe slightly adapted from Clotilde Dusoulier. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 245 Total Fat: 19g Saturated Fat: 12g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 51mg Sodium: 242mg Carbohydrates: 16g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 0g Protein: 2g
Recipe slightly adapted from Clotilde Dusoulier.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.