Quick Puff Pastry

Loosely adapted from Albert Roux
Makes About 1lb / 455g
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Having a digital kitchen scale is so much easier than having to actually measure everything out with this, so if you don’t have a scale- I’d go out and get one, unless you want to wash tons of dishes after you make this quick puff pastry.

Ingredients:

250g/ 1 ⅔ cups All-Purpose Flour
⅛ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
250g/ 2 sticks + 2 tblspns unsalted butter, cut into ⅓-inch cubes
⅔ cups Ice Water (you may not use all of this)

Preparation:

Mix salt and flour and place in a bowl.

Cut butter into ⅓-inch cubes, place in a bowl.

Chill bowls of flour and butter for 10 – 15 minutes in the freezer.

Separate the chunks of butter with your fingertips- work quickly, and place it in the bowl of flour.

Once all of the butter is in the bowl with the flour and salt, take a butter knife and coat the butter with the flour, and throw in a little chopping action! Not too much chopping, just so every piece of butter is coated.

Dump the contents of your bowl onto your work surface. Preferably a marble board or metal counter (you can even use a chilled baking sheet), but use whatever clean work surface you have. Just keep in mind you’ll need a lot of flour and you will need to work very quickly.

Form the pile of flour and butter into a well.

Pour in a few tablespoons of the ice water at first. Mix with your fingertips.

You can test the mixture by gently squeezing a small handful. When it has the proper texture, it will hold together without crumbling apart.

If it doesn’t come together, dribble in a few tablespoons more of the ice water until everything forms into a dough. Remember to work quickly and to use your fingertips! You don’t want tough pastry! (Note: Depending on the brand of flour you are using and the weather conditions, you will not need all of the water called for in this recipe- I ended up using about 9 tablespoons of water.)

Knead the dough for 30 seconds.

Form the dough into a square. This is when you may want to wrap the square of dough in plastic wrap, and place it in the refrigerator for about ½ hour (until firm), but depending on how hot and humid it is in your kitchen, you may not need to.

After the dough is formed into a square, roll it out into a 15-by-8-inch rectangle. Fold the short ends over the middle (like a letter) to make three layers. This is the first turn.

Give the dough a quarter turn and roll away from you into another 15-by-8-inch rectangle. Fold the short ends over the middle to make 3 layers. This is the second turn. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 30 minutes or place the dough into the freezer for 15-20 minutes (again, if it’s not too hot in your kitchen and you are working quickly- you can skip the refrigeration step and immediately go to the next 2 turns)

Repeat the process for the steps of folding (and giving the dough ¼ turns) to create the third and fourth turns. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before use (or up to 3 days). And you’re done!