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What is puff pastry?

Puff pastry close up

Puff pastry is not just a riff on pie crust, although there are many instances where the pastry can be used in place of one. Puff pastry is a laminated dough that contains hundreds of thin layers of butter and pastry dough, which puffs up into a light, crispy pastry once it bakes in the oven. A laminated dough is one that has many layers, ... Read More »

Tarte Tatin

Tarte tatin is one of the simplest, yet most elegant, tarts that you can make. It has just four elements – or, at least, it has just four the way that I make it: sugar, butter, apples and puff pastry. It is rich, buttery and surprisingly easy to make for a dessert that is most often seen on restaurant menus. The tart consists of a ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Artisan Puff Pastry, reviewed

Trader Joe's Puff Pastry

When recipes are written, it’s pretty common for the cook or baker to direct you to use “good quality” this or “high quality” that. It’s logical that the better your ingredients are, the better your finished product will be and simply recommending the use of a high quality product is much easier (and makes more sense, since personal tastes vary so widely) than always suggesting ... Read More »

Nectarine Turnovers

Nectarine Turnovers

Turnovers are defined as small squares or circles of pastry dough that are filled with a sweet or savory filling, folded in half and pinched to seal, and then either baked or deep fried before serving. I guess I’m a bit narrow-minded when it comes to these pastries because, despite how broad the definition is, I can’t help but think of them as fruit-filled, single ... Read More »

Alsatian Onion Tart

For this month’s French themed Is My Blog Burning event, hosted by Cucina Testa Rossa, I wanted something simple. I also wanted to make a tart. Unfortunately, the two don’t always seem to go hand in hand, but with the use of some store-bought puff pastry, I was able to make a delicious, simple and very French tart. Alsatian Onion Tart is a traditional dish ... Read More »

Homemade Puff Pastry and Palmiers

Homemad Palmiers Stack

A pair of recipes today! I made puff pastry from scratch. It is far and away the best puff pastry I have ever tasted, and I can say the same thing for the palmiers that resulted from the batch. I primarily use frozen puff pastry. It is convenient, inexpensive and works very well. I certainly wouldn’t turn away from using it again, but it’s nice ... Read More »

Sfogliatine con Crema di Mascarpone

This month’s Sugar High Friday theme was puff pastry, hosted by Clement at A La Cuisine!. I have to admit that it put me in a bit of a tight spot. When I am looking to make something sweet, I tend to shy away from things that seem to be already put together (read: puff pastry, I’m just trying to phrase it nicely). To me, ... Read More »

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