Puff pastry recipe: Homemade puff pastry in 15 minutes, can you believe that?? Bakery style Puff pastry is so easy to make at home that you will never buy greasy bakery puffs. The best thing about this puff pastry recipe is that; it does not need any refrigeration (chilling the dough) or any other so called difficult method, you may see when you google for "puff pastry"
Easy puff pastry can be made with the most basic ingredients and in under 15 minutes.
Back in the 80's amma started making puffs at home; which my two brothers and myself used to enjoy a lot. She mostly used to make this for special occasions; like when a friend dropped in or when we long for something bakery style.
Fast-forward to 2014; my daughter, Nidhi loves puffs and I have been asking amma to teach me how to make and somehow things did not work out when I last visited her. Right now she is visiting us here in Calicut and I coaxed and buttered her to show me how to make puffs.
The first time she taught me, I did not take any pictures and so, I buttered her to make again the next day
Can you see the layers in the picture; yes this is homemade puffs! and now you can make it at home like a pro!
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You can also use margarine instead of veg shortening.
Step by Step Method:
Note: I could not use cups in this recipe for measurement; the main ingredients are in weights.
Preheat oven to 180 degree C.
Dunk flour in a bowl and add 50 gms of shortening (I used dalda), mix with fingertip till it resembles coarse breadcrumbs OR you can pulse in a food processor.
Add water little by little and mix it into a smooth dough. I did knead the dough 2-3 minutes on the counter.
I like to use my baking mat (its a life saver) as it does not stick and its easy to roll.
Plop the dough on the mat and dust a little flour on top. Spread it out in rectangle with a rolling pin (8x16).
Put the 75 gms of shortening in a bowl and soften with a spoon, so that there may not be any lumps. Roughly divide into three portions. Spoon one portion into the rolled dough.
Spread the shortening on 3/4 of the rolled dough. Fold the dough towards you half way. And fold the end near you over it.
Again gently without giving much pressure, roll the dough into a rectangle. You should be careful not to thin the dough too much; about 1/4 inch thickness should be there.
Again, spoon 2nd portion of the shortening and spread 3/4 of the rolled dough. Fold from the fartherest end (that's amma making gently while I was clicking for you; you should see the way she handles the dough, so gently!).
And again fold the end near you. Now repeat the same process with the remaining shortening. That is a total of three times of rolling and spreading the shortening. Your puff pastry is ready.
Roll out one last time and cut into your desired shapes; it is important to put the filling on one half of the square pastry and gently pull the dough over it. Do not press or flatten the dough. Bake immediately for 50 minutes after giving an egg wash.