Saturday, February 26, 2011

teaching :PUFF PASTRY DOUGH, how to buy, how to make

Puff pastry dough is a very difficult dough, to make, it is labelled "FOR EXPERTS", to make.

I am using a lot this dough, and I know how to make it but is ready made, easy to buy and is a very exceptional good dough to buy.


If you buy "pepperidge farm" dough, it is full of chemicals, stabilizers, preservatives.... and so on and so on...

"Stop and shop" grocery store has this line of products "SIMPLY ENJOY"  that is by far less chemicals and is a very good puff pastry dough and has folowing ingredients (on the box)
ingredients: wheat flour,  water,  salt,  margarine (palm,coconut,sunflower oils+water+mono+
+Di-glyceride+citric acid

It is very unhappy they use margarine, instead of real  butter, which is  much, much healthy for you... but still it is very low in chemicals and stabilizers.

The "simply enjoy" puff pastry dough box has 2 sheets inside of box, that you can use it.

I heard that "TRADER JOE" and "WHOLE FOODS" have their line of puff pastry, that is free of chemicals and very good to use.

Just in case you venture to make your own "puff pastry dough" there is a very good video, at UTUBE that maybe you want to follow:

 The recipe is a very short of ingredients and it is very difficult to execute. If you follow exactly.
the preparation: folding, keeping in refrigerator, folding and keeping in refrigerator in  between folding,
The key word is: COLD, COLD AND COLD...any time you use this dough, keep in refrigerator until next step.

The ingredients  of making this dough , are here:

1. Butter Block Ingredients

1 lb + 3 1/2 T (510g) cold unsalted Butter
2 t (10ml) Lemon Juice
pinch of Salt
1 c (130g) Bread Flour

2.Dough Ingredients

3 c (400g) Bread Flour, approximately
3 1/2 T (55g) soft unsalted Butter
2 t Salt
1 c (240ml) cold Water

Using the puff pastry dough, desserts:

A perfect baked pastry is made by layers and layers of dough. Add a layer of vanilla pastry cream and be creative with a lot of berries!

 FRESH BLUEBERRY TART, from my mother's garden: (my cooking blog)



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