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Challenge Number 2- Puff Pastry

I have never made puff pastry, always buy it already made and that certainly is the easiest way to produce delicious tarts or baked goods with this wonderful dough. When buying already prepared puff pastry I like Dufour’s, it is consistently the best, buttery, flaky and delicious. In researching how to make puff pastry I first saw a post from The Kitchn, she gave a wonderful tutorial with photo’s each step of the way, it was quite involved and fussy but I was game. After reading the entire post and the comments I noticed someone mentioned this video with Julia Child and Richard Medrich, she said his method is simple and her puff pastry always turns out well. One never has to second guess anything from Julia and Mssr. Medrich is an expert. This is the recipe I chose to make. See the video below, he makes it look so easy.  I HIGHLY recommend you watch the video, I tried to write directions but it’s difficult as the instructions for this pastry really makes sense when you watch. I am making this tomorrow, dividing this into two posts.  Today at the farmers market I found some strawberries and rhubarb and decided I will go with full out spring flavors, using both in a tart made with my homemade puff pastry. Don’t know how it will turn out. I just put the butter in the freezer where it will sit all night, weighing my flour and refrigerating it as well. Julia mentions how important it is for everything to be very cold. I will place ice packs on my marble board so even it is cold.

I plan on starting bright and early in the morning. Does anyone want to make this with me? Who is game?

Puff Pastry

Julia Child and Richard Medrich

1 lb flour

1 lb unsalted butter frozen (you can freeze sticks of butter or cut into pieces)

1 1/4 cup ice water

1 1/2 tsp salt

Add the flour, salt and water to the food processor. Pulse until it becomes a cohesive dough. Remove and form into a disk, make slices in the dough first across then in a diamond pattern across again. Cover with a wet tea towel and remove the butter from the freezer. Pound the butter into a 4×4 square (approximately). Roll out your dough into a rectangle so that it is a bit thicker in the middle (see the video) you want the rectangle slightly larger than the 4×4 butter square. Place the cold pounded butter on the dough and fold so that the dough is completely covering the butter. Pound with rolling pin and roll sprinkling with flour so it doesn’t stick to the pin. You want it in a long rectangle. Fold like an envelope, then pound and roll again, fold again like an envelope. Mark twice with your finger imprint and wrap in a damp towel and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Repeat the turns as described above marking 2 more times for a total of 4 turns now, again wrap in a damp towel and refrigerate another 30 minutes. Roll out again 2 more turns (total is 6 turns) and your dough is ready. You can wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate or freeze until ready to use.

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  1. I don’t know if I would be much help in the kitchen with the making of pastry

    But I sure could be a taste tester 🍓

    😊…happy sunday

    May 20, 2017
  2. Sandhya #

    Hats off to you Suzanne for taking on puff pastry. I am sure your will look and taste spectacular! Those strawberries look so good! I went to the farmers market too and went crazy buying veggies 🙂

    May 20, 2017
    • Well it’s an adventure, started early, first two turns and it’s sitting in the fridge now. Must say it’s harder than the good Mssr. Medrich lets on. Fingers crossed. Still not a lot at the farmers market but scoring those strawberries was good and the rhubarb looked good too! Thanks Sandhya, hoping it all turns out ok. off to watch the video again.

      May 21, 2017
      • Sandhya #

        I knew you would be very successful with it- you are such an expert cook and baker, Suzanne!

        May 21, 2017
  3. Have fun with it Suzanne!

    May 20, 2017
    • It’s fun because I like a challenge but the execution is nerve wracking. Thanks so much Cheryl.

      May 21, 2017
  4. Very cool Suzanne Looks a lot like when I would make croissant dough for my mother. she always seemed to trick me into incorporating the butter into the dough with the rolling pin!!! Good luck!

    May 20, 2017
    • I’ve always wanted to make croissant, I have a hard time even rolling Pillsbury crescent rolls not sure how good mine would turn out. It’s much harder than you would think to do the butter thing, they say to use frozen butter, well it’s rock hard and I was pounding and pounding ended up using some of the techniques from the Kitchn as well sprinkling a little flour on the butter. Was afraid my rolling pin would break in half.

      May 21, 2017
      • I just remember using cold butter, not frozen. Maybe you should try another recipe?!!!

        May 21, 2017
      • I think maybe 15 min in the freezer would get it cold enough I got it to work but with a lot of effort

        May 21, 2017
      • I believe it! Glad you didn’t break your rolling pin!

        May 21, 2017
      • Me too, I love my rolling pin would have been very upset ❤️

        May 21, 2017
  5. I can’t wait for the results Suzanne, homemade puff pastry is quite an accomplishment. Good luck, I loved watching the old video.

    May 20, 2017
  6. OmG – you are sooooo brave!!! Will never attempt this here, far far too hot. But I love the look of your strawberry photo 🙂 Good luck, let us know of the outcome, please.

    May 21, 2017
    • Brave, how very kind of you. Thank you. I am determined and not afraid of some hard work but when the results are not perfect I get very discouraged. Hoping for the best. Thank you so much.

      May 21, 2017
  7. Too difficult!! My mum told me not to try (she worked in a bakery when she was young!) Good Luck!

    May 21, 2017
    • Your Mum is a wise women, I wanted to do this to see if I could. If it turns out, I will make a batch to keep in the freezer so I don’t have to buy it if not back to Dufours. Thank you so much.

      May 21, 2017
  8. I’ve watched people make puff pastry on baking shows and it intrigues me, but I haven’t tried making my own yet…I look forward to seeing your outcome. Good luck!!

    May 21, 2017
    • It doesn’t look hard in the video but in real life it’s not as easy as it looks. Hoping it turns out. Thanks so much Elaine.

      May 21, 2017
  9. What a challenge! You inspired me, Suzanne. Happy the weather cooled down for you too. 🙂 I’m sure it’ll be a success- looking forward to seeing your results!

    May 21, 2017
    • Thanks Josette, was planning on making it the other day but it was just too hot in my kitchen, was afraid my butter would melt. Thank goodness it cooled down!!

      May 21, 2017
  10. Suzanne, as far as I’m concerned, everything you make is a masterpiece. I can’t wait to see the result. And I love the old videos of Julia.
    The strawberries are gorgeous! I’ve been craving them, but didn’t put any on my grocery order, because I was afraid it was too early for good ones. Have fun with this. Mega hugs!

    May 21, 2017
    • The strawberries look good but they are not as sweet as I would like. I think they picked them too early. You are so kind Teagan, thank you so much. Working on the dough now. Fingers crossed.

      May 21, 2017
  11. Making pastry dough has always intimidated me…sounds like fun though and I may give it a try after I see your results 🙂

    May 21, 2017
    • I was very intimidated to make puff pastry, I thought it would be much more difficult than it actually was, in reality it’s not difficult at all. Thank you so much.

      May 22, 2017
  12. I am certainly not game for this challenge. 🙂 I barely cook anymore let alone make puff pastry. I know you can do it, Suzanne! Looking forward to the final product. Yum, those strawberries look so good. I bought two quarts recently and I think they were the best I’ve had in a long time.

    May 21, 2017
    • Hi Mary, thank you so much. The strawberries were ok but not the best, they were great in the tart. I think in another week or so they will be better. Going next week to the farmers market for more. Have a great week and thank you.

      May 22, 2017
  13. I pull out my hat to you, Suzanne! That is a lot of work,..making your own puff pastry! Wonderfully done!

    May 29, 2017
  14. Well I have to say you did a great job with it!! 🙂 Wish I could be a taste tester, lol!

    May 30, 2017

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