How to make puff pastry

It takes a little effort to make your own puff pastry, but it really is worth it.

Use this brilliant step-by-step guide for puff pastry, and add the crowning touch to your pies, puds and sausage rolls.

INGREDIENTS (makes 600g)

250g plain flour, plus extra for dusting

40g cold lard

160g cold unsalted butter

METHOD

Step 1: How to make puff pastry

  1. Mix the flour with ¼ of a teaspoon of sea salt in a bowl, then cube and rub in the lard with your fingers until it resembles breadcrumbs.

    Step 2: How to make puff pastry

  2.  Slowly add 100ml of ice-cold water and mix it until you have a smooth dough (add extra water if needs be) – do not overwork.

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  3. Shape the dough into a ball, wrap in clingfilm and chill for 30 minutes.

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  4. The butter needs to be cold, but soft enough to be malleable. Remove it from the fridge and place it between two sheets of greaseproof paper. Using a rolling pin, roll it out to about 14cm x 16cm.

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  5. Remove the dough from the fridge and roll it out on a floured surface to 16cm x 30cm – a little wider than the butter block.
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  6. Place the butter on one half of the pastry, then fold over the other half to cover it, pressing the edges together to seal, and roll back out to 16cm x 30cm. Keep flouring the surface to stop the puff pastry sticking.
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  7. Now fold it into three – fold up one-third from the bottom, then a third from the top over it, using a pastry brush to remove excess flour.
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  8. Reseal the edges, turn 90 degrees and repeat the roll and fold. Chill for 20 minutes.

    Step 9: How to make puff pastry

  9. Repeat the rolling and folding process two more times, then chill for
    20 minutes. If the butter seeps out while you’re rolling, it’s become too warm, so pop it back in the fridge for 20 minutes – but no longer, as it’ll become too hard.

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  10. Remove the dough from the fridge and repeat the rolling and folding twice more, until it’s had six rolls and folds altogether. Chill for a final 20 minutes, then it’s ready to use.

Now you have your perfect puff pastry, have a go at using it instead of shop-bought in Jamie’s Almond pastry puff, or this gorgeous Chicken pot pie.

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