Easiest Puff Pastry Dough Ever

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Makes 1.5 pounds– double what is pictured
Source: Food Network
Originally from February 2015 on my old blog

Every time I come across a recipe that uses puff pastry dough, it always just settles with the frozen, store-bought kind. I know it may sound annoying or pretentious, but it just makes me itch to use any pre-made shortcut. It just makes me feel guilty to take compliments on my cooking when it’s not really 100% my cooking. But traditional puff pastry is quite the time commitment. So, I searched for an easier way, and it turned out fantastic!

Ingredients:

  • 10 ounces (2 ½ sticks) unsalted cold butter
  • ½ cup cold tap water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (about 9 ounces)

Cut 8 ounces (2 sticks) butter into ½ to ¼-inch dice, place on a plate and refrigerate while preparing remaining ingredients.Measure water and add salt; stir to dissolve and set aside.

Coarsely dice remaining 4 tablespoons (½ stick) butter. Place flour in work bowl of food processor fitted with metal blade; add 4 tablespoons butter and pulse until butter is absorbed – about ten to twelve 1-second pulses.

Add remaining butter and pulse once or twice to distribute. Add water and pulse 3 or 4 times, just until dough forms a rough ball. Do not over-process.

Flour work surface and scrape dough from work bowl. Shape dough into a rough rectangle and place between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Press dough with rolling pin to flatten, then roll back and forth several times with rolling pin to make a 12 by 18 inch rectangle of dough.

Peel away plastic wrap and invert dough to floured work surface. Peel away second piece of wrap. Fold dough in thirds in the width, folding the top third down and the bottom third up, to make a 6 by 18-inch rectangle, then roll up the dough from one of the 6-inch ends, making sure to roll end under dough. Press the dough into a square, wrap in plastic and refrigerate 1 hour, or until firm.

Happy dining!!

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