Translation to French=Pate Feuillette = pastry leaves
Puff Pastry dates back to Venice in
1525 by an official decree citing that is
not to served at elaborate wedding
feasts because it was too over the top.
Chef Feuillet was credited for bringing
it to France
WHAT IS IT?
Puff pastry is a dough (think pate brisee) that is
laminated. Meaning through a series of turns and
folds cold butter particles are tightly sandwiched
between sheets of flour and water paste. Over a
thousand layers created through this process
Butter made up fat and milk solids (water)
when baked at a high heat the water
evaporates creating steam which expands
pushing up on the sheet of flour and water
paste pushing it upwards, creating a
KEY POINTS IN MAKING PUFF PASTRY
Flour, water, salt and a little butter are mixed together to
produce a paste. This paste is refrigerated to relax the gluten
and to chill dough for a ease in handling. This paste is called
This paste is rolled out into a rectangle and the dollops of cold
butter are placed in a layer over this detrempe.
The rectangle is folded into thirds or like a letter the dough is
turned 90 degrees to the right and rolling away from you, and
is folded again into a rectangle .This is a fold. This is repeated
5 more time for a total of 6 turns
The dough is rested for 20-30 minutes after every 2 turns to
allow the gluten to relax and the butter to chill again. If it is
chilled too long between turns the butter will splinter and be
difficult to roll. This finished product is called a paton
It is essential that you keep neat and even sided
and corners while rolling and folding, sharp clean
sides and corners. This will assure even and
proper layer development when baked.
This can be refrigerated for a
few days or frozen for up 2
Puff pastry is rolled into thin sheet when used.
Pieces are attached by brushing water on the
frozen) before baking
Puff pastry is
baked in a hot oven
375-400 degrees to
get it to puff
Puff pastry needs to
baked thoroughly so
the layers are
cooked and correct
AMERICAN PUFF PASTRY
A.K.A. BLITZ PUFF, QUICK PUFF OR DEMI PUFF
Known as quick puff or demi puff pastry it is a quick alterative
to traditional puff pastry.
Flour water salt and chunks of cold butter are combines
together lightly to form a dough, think pate brisee. This
detrempe is rested for 30 minutes.
This is rolled out into a rectangle and folded into 4 or a book
fold and turned to the right 90 degrees and rolled again to the
size of a rectangle this and folded into 4 or a book fold. This
is a turn it will receive 3 more resting 20-30 minutes between
each set of two turns. Four turns total.
The applications are the same as traditional puff pastry just
the rise is not as great.
Key points of
What is Blitz Puff Pastry
How does it differ from
traditional puff pastry