How to make puff pastry from scratch in just 15 minutes.
If there's one way I try to simplify my life, it's by running less errands. For me, that means making things at home instead of heading to the store for a quick-fix. Have you ever wanted to learn how to make puff pastry instead of buying it at the store? Today is your day!
This recipe makes one sheet of perfect puff pastry for you to use in any recipe you like!
- All-Purpose Flour. We need 1 cup (or 125 grams) of regular, plain bleached all-purpose flour. It's truly best to measure flour by weight in a pastry recipe, but if you don't have a scale, fluff the flour, scoop it into the cup and then use a knife to level off the surface of the flour.
- Salt. Use fine sea salt for this recipe, since we're using unsalted butter.
- Butter. This is the time to break out the fancy, high-fat European style butter that contains less water than regular American style butter. We need 10 tablespoons, or 5 ounces. This recipe still works with regular butter, however.
- Water. We're using a small amount of ice cold water to bring the pastry together. In a glass measuring cup, add ¾-1 cup of water plus a handful of ice cubes. Remove ice cubes after 10 minutes, and measure out ⅓ cup of ice cold water for the recipe.
Add 1 cup of flour (125 grams) and ¼ teaspoon of fine sea salt to your bowl. Stir gently. Add the 10 tablespoons (5 ounces) of COLD butter chopped into pieces, and then begin to work the butter into the flour mixture using a pastry blender, two forks, or your fingertips. If you're using your fingertips, pinch the butter and smear it through the flour lightly. The fastest way to incorporate butter for homemade puff pastry is by using your fingers.
When it's fully incorporated, pour in ⅓ cup of cold ice water (don't let the ice cubes fall in)!
Gather your mixture into a rough ball and press it into a square shape on a well-floured cutting board or other work surface. Use plenty of flour to avoid sticking, but also be mindful about adding too much flour to your dough.
Now we start rolling! I use a French rolling pin for this <---link to the exact one I use.
Since your dough is in a rough square shape, begin by rolling it away from you into a long rectangle shape. Then, fold it up like a letter: fold the bottom third up to the middle and then the top third over the middle.
Give the dough a quarter turn and repeat. So, you roll out the dough, fold it like a letter, and turn at least 5 times. You’ll notice the dough becomes easier and easier to work with. This is how you know you're doing it right!
You made it! Now, wrap your dough baby in plastic wrap and stash it in the fridge. Or, the freezer, but remember to follow my rules for defrosting below.
This recipe comes from Clotilde, and I immediately trust her because she's French. In fact, I trust the French with all baking things.
I've answered some common questions that I get on my 15 minute puff pastry recipe below:
Questions about How to Make Puff Pastry:
I rely on puff pastry for so many things: puff pastry donuts, appetizers like ham and cheese puff pastry squares, chicken pot pie, breakfast apple turnovers, and quite possibly my favorite: apple tarte tatin. (Seriously, if you love apple pie but haven't had the MUCH easier French version called Tarte Tatin, you have to make it!) You can also make quick fruit tarts, like Raspberry Galette, or a Strawberry Crostata in the summer. If you can't find phyllo dough, you can use this dough to make my Skillet Spanakopita.
I tend to use unsalted butter for my baking needs. This way, I can add salt to my taste. I will always give you an exact amount of salt to use, but feel free to add more if you're making a savory recipe, or less if you're making a sweet recipe.
Honestly, the best way to make it is to do it the day before and let it rest in the fridge. This way, you still get the convenience factor of grabbing a sheet from the fridge and baking! You can also make this recipe and stash it in the freezer. If you wish to freeze it, fold it length-wise along the longest edge so that it mimics the puff pastry you buy in the store. Then, defrost it overnight in the fridge, and let it rest on the counter for 15 minutes before attempting to use it.
In a word, YES. I will receive a lot of arguments for cheap butter, but I just don't buy it. Higher-quality butter has a slightly higher percentage fat and a better flavor that is unmistakable. If you don't believe me, make one batch with regular grocery store butter and one with a European-style butter. You WILL taste the difference. Sorry that I just increased your grocery bill :)
Yes, absolutely! I would love for you to stock your freezer and fridge with this homemade puff pastry from scratch. I will caution you to stop at doubling it, don't triple it. When you double it, be sure to divide it in half before you begin your rolling sessions.
Puff Pastry Recipe
How to make puff pastry from scratch in just 15 minutes!
- 1 cup (125 grams) all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon fine salt
- 10 tablespoons high-quality unsalted butter (5 ounces), cold
- ⅓ 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.
- Roll out with flour for desired puff pastry use.
Serving Size:1 recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1473Total Fat: 116gSaturated Fat: 72gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 38gCholesterol: 305mgSodium: 557mgCarbohydrates: 95gFiber: 3gSugar: 0gProtein: 14g
I tried this recipe but it didn't puff. I learned that you must do a lot more if you want a truly spectacular pastry! It still tasted good, though.
D Zazzi says
I so agree eith you about the butter. I use European butter, in a black box, it has 12% fat,and it makes a difference when making brioche bread. I can't wait to try this recipe.
Hey Christina, greetings from India. I have been making this puffs pastry for a long time now. Must say its a foolproof recipe. Thanks for making my life easier with such awesome recipes.
I love this recipe so much! It makes the perfect amount to make yummy fruit pastries in the morning for my husband, our little, and me. I also have used it for a pot pie, and one of my friends said she even made a pizza with it! I've yet to try that, but it sounds very fancy. I actually like this kind better than store bought, haha!
have never stepped up into that next level of scratch puff pastry, have only used packaged, I prefer scratch generally, even if it's a pain and this looks very straightforward with the right tips, like letting it rest overnight, so thank you for that tip and for this recipe!
Really awesome how easy this dough came together and was to work with. I made it a few days ago and used it for shortcut chocolate croissants. So glad I tried it. Thanks as always, Christina! We are big fans! : )
Patrick DeMent says
This is an awesome pastry. I use it for my orange cream puffs and Christmas pie recipes.
Orange cream is easy and quite a treat for desserts after Asian dinners or stuffed pork loin meals.
Donna Williamson says
This looks easier enough for me to make...(I hope!)...I will try it soon!!! Thanks from New Hampshire
Hi! When you say European style butter, which brand do you mean and where do you get it from?
Christina Lane says
I use Kerrygold, but other good brands are Plugra and anything that says 'European style' or 'cultured butter.' These butters have a higher fat content than grocery store butter. It's optional, though--you can use regular butter. I can even find European style butter at Walmart these days :)
In the picture, you used gold-colored package of Kerrygold, which is salted instead of unsalted butter (grey-colored package). Is it correct?
Christina Lane says
Either work, but I most commonly use unsalted :)
hi,i would like to know can this receipe multiplied into big batch for hotel breakfast use.
Christina Lane says
That's not my job.
lmao what?? I think he's just asking if it can be made in larger quantities
As a pastry chef, I have to back Christina up... Some recipes do not scale up very well. Maybe doubling this recipe may work??? Sometimes small batch is best.
Christina Lane says
Thanks, Christine :)