Butter Puff Pastry

Try this recipe from Ed Baines for rich, buttery puff pastry and discover just how delicious home-made pastry can be
By Ed Baines
Butter Puff Pastry
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  • Serves: makes 450g puff pastry
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes plus 25 mins resting time
  • Effort: medium

Ingredients

main

  • 225 g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • cold water, to mix
  • 225 g unsalted butter

Method

1. Sift the flour and salt together into a mixing bowl.

2. Make a hollow in the middle of the flour. Pour the lemon juice into the hollow and mix into the flour. Add enough cold water to form a pastry ball.

3. Place the pastry on a floured surface and knead gently for 5 minutes, until the dough is smooth and not sticky.

4. Roll out the pastry until it forms a square large enough to wrap around the butter.

5. Place the butter (straight from the fridge) in the middle of the pastry. Fold the pastry over the butter.

6. Using a rolling pin, flatten the pastry-wrapped butter slightly. Roll it out gently and evenly into a long strip, making sure the butter remains contained within the pastry.

7. Fold a third of the pastry strip towards the middle, then top with the remaining pastry flap, making a triple-layered piece of pastry.

8. Gently press this down without sealing the edges. Set aside to rest in a cool place for 15 minutes.

9. Place the pastry on a floured surface so that the unsealed edge is towards you. Repeat the rolling and folding process four more times.

10. Set aside to rest in a cool place for 10 minutes. Place the pastry on a floured surface so that the unsealed edge is towards you. Repeat the rolling and folding process three more times.

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