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Easy Puff Pastry

November 16, 2020 (Last Updated: November 19, 2020)

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Easy puff pastry is a shortcut method for making your own puff pastry at home. It is also called rough puff pastry or quick puff pastry.

This recipe involves folding of the dough, but no laminating of the butter and dough. The results are amazing and you can use in all your favorite recipes calling for puff pastry. 

Folded puff pastry on a floured wooden board.

I love puff pastry. It makes the most amazing desserts, appetizers, and pastries. But I have never loved the idea of all the steps involved in making homemade puff pastry – until now with this easy puff pastry!

Traditional puff pastry dough consists of a dough layer and a butter layer. You laminate the two together and then fold them in just such a way to create the many layers the pastry is known for.

Puff pastry folded into thirds and sprinkled with flour.

Puff pastry is one of those recipes I kept moving to the bottom of my list to make. One day, is what I kept telling myself.

Then I found a recipe for a quick and easy puff pastry in a Williams Sonoma cookbook and thought I’d give it a try. I must admit, I was a bit skeptical at first. The results were amazing and the process really was easy!

Butter cubed in a small white bowl.

Did I already tell you that this can be made ahead of time and frozen? Yep, no need to buy a box of frozen puff pastry from the store anymore. Just make this quick and easy puff pastry dough and pop it into the freezer and simply pull out when you are planning on using puff pastry.

Key ingredients

This recipe only uses three simple ingredients – all purpose flour, salted butter, salt and ice cold water.

Flour, butter, and salt in small white bowls on a white board.

Steps to make

A complete list of instructions is available below! Just scroll to the bottom!

  • Combine flour and salt together in a bowl of a stand mixer
  • Add cubed butter and mix on medium low speed until butter and flour form a coarse mixture
  • Add ice cold water and mix just until dough begins to come together. It will still appear dry and crumbly
  • Dump dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead 3-4 times to pull dough together into a ball
  • Begin rolling out dough into a rectangle about 8 x 12 inches. Use your hands or a bench scraper to keep the sides even.

Folding the dough

The folding of the dough is a crucial step in making this puff pastry. Without the folding, you don’t get the layers. You will fold and repeat these steps three different times.

  • Begin on the short side of the dough. Fold dough over 2/3 of the way – like folding a letter.
  • Fold the other side over the folded side
  • Roll dough out again and repeat the steps for folding. You will roll and fold the dough a total of three times.

How to use puff pastry

Once puff pastry dough is made it becomes an ingredient you use in other recipes, This recipe makes the same amount as two sheet of store bought puff pastry, or one box. You can divide the dough in half and roll out each half or you can roll out the entire amount all at once.

This puff pastry can be used in the following recipes:

My tips

  • Cut butter into small cubes. Keep butter chilled until just before using. I cubed my butter and then put it back into the refrigerator until I needed it.
  • If you house is hot, chill flour before using.
  • Use ice cold water.
  • When rolling out dough, try to keep in a rectangular shape. You can reshape ends with your hands or a bench scraper.
  • Always fold your dough the same direction so you can keep track of what you are doing.
  • Wrap dough in plastic wrap and place in a zip top bag.
  • Chill for at least 4 hours before using.
  • Dough may be frozen for up to 3 months.
  • If frozen, remove from dough at least two hours prior to using or thaw in refrigerator overnight.
  • Use in any recipe calling for puff pastry.
  • This dough will be a bit more difficult to roll out than store bought dough. It contains all butter. If the dough is too firm after the 4 hour chilling, let the dough rest for 5 minutes on the counter. As the dough warms, it will become easier to roll. As dough continues to warm, it will become sticky. Just pop back into the refrigerator for a few minutes until the butter firms up.

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Folded pastry dough on a board with a rolling pin behind the dough.

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Folded puff pastry on a floured wooden board.

Easy Puff Pastry

Kathy
Make your own puff pastry with a few ingredients and a few simple steps. 
5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Chilling Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 30 mins
Course Baking
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Roll
Calories 141 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter (cut into small cubes)
  • 1/2 cup water (ice cold)

Instructions
 

  • Place flour and salt into bowl of a stand mixer. Combine together.
    Add butter. Mix together with the paddle attachment. Mix until mixture is coarse and butter is smeared with the flour.
    Dry flour mixture in a hand over a mixing bowl.
  • Add ice water. Mix just until the ingredients come together. Mixture will still be crumbly.
  • Dump mixture onto counter. Lightly knead together until dough forms a ball.  
    Puff pastry dough on a floured surface with a wooden rolling pin next to the dough.
  • Lightly flour surface and rolling pin. Roll dough out into a rectangle approximately 8 x 12 inches. Keep edges straight. If edges become rough, just straighten back by pushing edges back towards center. Reapply flour to counter and rolling pin as needed.
    Rolled out dough on a black surface.
  • Give dough a quarter of a turn so long side is facing you. Beginning on the left side, fold dough over 2/3 of the way, like folding a letter.  Fold right side all the way over the dough.  
    Folding puff pastry dough.
  • Repeat rolling and folding two more times. 
    Rolled and folded rough puff pastry dough on a floured surface.

Video

Notes

 
  • Cut butter into small cubes. Keep butter chilled until just before using. I cubed my butter and then put it back into the refrigerator until I needed it.
  • If you house is hot, chill flour before using.
  • Use ice cold water.
  • When rolling out dough, try to keep in a rectangular shape. You can reshape ends with your hands or a bench scraper.
  • Always fold your dough the same direction.
  • Wrap dough in plastic wrap and place in a zip top bag.
  • Chill for at least 4 hours before using.
  • Dough may be frozen for up to 3 months.
  • If frozen, remove from dough at least two hours prior to using or thaw in refrigerator overnight.
  • Use in any recipe calling for puff pastry.
  • This dough will be a bit more difficult to roll out than store bought dough. It contains all butter. If the dough is too firm after the 4 hour chilling, let the dough rest for 5 minutes on the counter. As the dough warms, it will become easier to roll. As dough continues to warm, it will become sticky. Just pop back into the refrigerator for a few minutes until the butter firms up.
Nutritional value is figured 1 piece of cooked puff pastry with dough cut into 18 pieces. 

Nutrition

Calories: 141kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 155mgPotassium: 18mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 315IUCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg
Keyword easy puff pastry, homemade puff pastry, puff pastry recipe, rough puff pastry
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Recipe Adapted from Essentials of Baking

This recipe was originally published in October 2017.

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43 Comments

  • Reply
    Susana Parker
    October 26, 2017 at 4:05 am

    5 stars
    Hello, Kathy.

    Woah. That was an easy recipe. I never made one before but I will surely make it this weekend. Your recipes look so good. I will stay tuned for more.

  • Reply
    Miriam
    October 26, 2017 at 1:53 am

    Puff Pastry is one of the things I have never tried making myself even though that I like making most things from scratch. This version seems to be easy enough and I like the idea of having homemade puff pastry stocked up in the freezer. I might give it a go after all 🙂 Have a nice weekend, Kathy!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 29, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      Hi Miriam! I think you can do this! I am stocking my freezer full of puff pastry for the holiday season!

  • Reply
    Shauna | Linden & Lavender
    October 24, 2017 at 9:23 am

    I always shy away from making puff pastry- it has been years since I have made it. Thank you for the instructions and inspiration! It’s bake at the top of my baking bucket list.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 24, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      I think it’s time to give it another try!

  • Reply
    Nicoletta
    October 23, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    I love making all kinds of dough but like you only bought puff pastry instaed of making it. That is the push I needed to make my own, freeze it and take it out when needed! Thanks!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    October 23, 2017 at 8:17 am

    I LOVE puff pastry Kathy! And I’ve been dying to try homemade. You’re totally inspiring me and making it sound easy!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    October 23, 2017 at 5:19 am

    I use puff pastry all the time! And I’ve seen the quick and easy puff pastry recipes out there, but like you I’ve been a bit skeptical. But you’ve convinced me to give it a shot! I feel like I use puff pastry more during the holidays (for easy appetizers and desserts), so it would be a great idea to make up a couple batches and freeze ’em now for the holiday season. Great post, Kathy!

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    October 23, 2017 at 4:57 am

    5 stars
    I’ve never made my own puff pastry before, but I love the stuff – it’s just so versatile! Pinning and trying this one soon 🙂 You make it look too easy, Kathy 🙂

  • Reply
    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    October 23, 2017 at 4:36 am

    Glad you share this homemade puff pastry dough recipe. This looks so perfect, Kathy. Love the video too.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 24, 2017 at 7:36 am

      Thanks, Anu! The puff pastry is fun to make!

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    October 23, 2017 at 3:53 am

    5 stars
    Well that looks easy enough! So happy you shared this – I’ve always wanted to make homemade puff pastry! Brava!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 24, 2017 at 7:33 am

      Thanks, Annie! Now’s the time to try it! 🙂

  • Reply
    Trish
    October 22, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    5 stars
    This looks pretty interesting! Puff pastry is hard to make. I found a recipe in of all places a Little House On the Prairie cookbook. I am gonna give your version a shot!!!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 22, 2017 at 7:16 pm

      I love the Little House Series and have checked out the cookbook. Now I’m going to have to look at it again to see the puff pastry recipe. Let me know how this quick version works for you!

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