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 a particular name-brand item
I have an easy time finding things like high quality chocolate, an ingredient which is (now) widely available in a huge range of prices. Chocolate has a strong flavor that always really stands out in a recipe, so it is clearly worth seeking out, even to occasional bakers. Some other products are either so difficult to find that I don’t bother or just much too expensive to make it worth my while. Puff pastry is one of these. Most stores only carry one brand and, although the pastry is a major component of some tarts and other recipes, it isn’t usually the focal point of flavor so you can get by with using whatever you can find if you don’t want to put the time into making your own.
That said, it’s nice to have a good quality option available at a reasonable price and Trader Joe’s Artisan Puff Pastry is it. The stores have been stocking this all-butter puff pastry for a couple of months now and I’ve had nothing but success with it. The pastry is very flaky and has a good butter flavor. The sheets, while not large, are still easy to work with and I like the fact that the pastry is not folded up in the box (some brands like to fold theirs for tube-like packaging, which often leads to cracked pastry when you go to defrost it). It’s $4.99 for a pound of pastry and definitely not a bad deal considering the high quality of the product – especially considering that some other high end puff pastry products sell for more than twice that price.
lizApril 24, 2008
I use this everytime I make your parmesan tomato tart. Mmm…heaven.
StefanyApril 24, 2008
Thanks for the review! I’ve been wondering where to get all-butter puff pastry!
SuganyaApril 25, 2008
The taste is far superior than other brands too.
doodlesApril 28, 2008
I was so very happy to find this a few months back….use it for many dishes but a egg brunch dish is quite tasty.
SallyMay 1, 2008
Thanks for reviewing this, I had seen it in the store and after I read your review, was prompted to give it a try. Last night I made spinach and feta turnovers and it was delicious!
PetraSeptember 11, 2009
Trader Joe’s discontinued selling this 🙁 so sad that they always stop selling staff people like to most!
my favorite Walnut bread, some of European beers and now this one – Artisan Puff Pastry 🙁
EstelleOctober 29, 2009
I was so disappointed in Trader Joe’s! Does anyone know where to buy similar puff pastry? All butter that is…..
katieNovember 24, 2009
Whole Foods has an all butter puff pastry, that seems to be identical to TJs. (Right down to the never-properly-glued-shut boxes.) The only thing different is the price. $8.49 for the box of two sheets.
PatryceJuly 31, 2011
The Trader Joe’s puff pastry is a seasonal item–I was looking for it last summer and they didn’t have it, said it would be in stock for the Holiday Season. So after Thanksgiving I bought two packages, very excited to have all-butter pastry at such a good price. Unfortunately, the product was lousy. Carefully followed directions but not a single sheet of the four I bought puffed worth a darn. So maybe I’ll try Dufour sometime, but I won’t waste my money on Trader Joe’s again.
dinaOctober 27, 2011
too salty, very buttery.
DanFebruary 12, 2016
The Puff Pastry season is I think is September – December.
Below the feedback from TJ’s. Want to make it an all year item? Leave your feedback at:
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While we don’t have any immediate plans to make this holiday product a permanent, year-round item, I will absolutely forward your feedback along to our buyers. Our buyers feel that keeping our holiday items as seasonal makes them that much more special and exciting – but with enough demand from customers like you, you never know.
We hope you are able to find something tasty in the meantime!
Sent: Sunday, January 10, 2016 8:34 AM
To: Web Customer Relations
Subject: Trader Joe’s Product Information Form
Product Name:Puff Pastry
Type of Feedback:Requests
Comments:Please – please make Puff Pastry an all year item! Thank you!