Some of you have asked how to make puff pastry recipes. First let me tell you a little about what is puff pastry. This is a light flaky delicious French pastry dough. Let us not confuse this dough with the Middle Eastern phyllo dough, a very thin single layered dough used in a lot of Greek cooking.
Puff pastry comes from a French word “mille feuille” meaning a thousand layers; this is the difference in the two doughs. This is quite an exaggeration but this dough can actually have a hundred layers which are what makes it so light, airy and flaky.
Once you learn how to make puff pastry recipes you will find it much easier to purchase it already prepared for your puff pastry recipes. The layers are accomplished by wrapping the dough around well chilled butter, then rolling into a rectangle. The rectangle is folded into thirds and rolled again; after this the dough must be refrigerated before it can be rolled again. The more this process is done the more layers you will have. When the dough is baked the butter creates a steam making the dough to form buttery layers.
SALMON EN CROUTE BELOW
This dough is very delicious and very versatile in many different puff pastry recipes. This makes special recipes for special occasions like Valentine day food recipes. When you learn how to make puff pastry recipes you may feel (like me) that it is not worth the time when a great product is commercially made. Most of your favorite appetizers which require dough can be made into delicious puff pastry appetizers. This dough will only improve the flavor and texture of the food. Many puff pastry desserts can be created simply by adding fruits, puddings and whipped cream. Entrees like chicken pot pie, salmon en croute or other dishes are made special when you learn how to make puff pastry recipes.
CHICKEN EN CROUTE BELOW
CHICKEN POT PIE RECIPE (SHOWN ABOVE)
Cook peas and carrots as package directs and drain.
Sauté onion, celery and mushrooms in butter.
Combine flour, salt, pepper and poultry seasoning; stir flour mixture into onion mixture.
Add chicken broth and milk; stir and cook until thickened.
Stir in drained peas and carrots, chicken and pimiento; heat until bubbly.
Pour mixture into 6 small casserole baking dishes or one large casserole dish.
Cut puff pastry to fit on top of casserole dishes; cut steam holes in top and crimp around edges.
Brush tops with beaten egg wash; bake at 425F degrees until top is brown (about 15 minutes).
The following is a recipe and instructions on how to make puff pastry recipe. It will take about 16 hours to make so plan to make it a day before you plan to use it. It is best not to make it if your kitchen is hot and humid because the dough and butter needs to be kept cold. It is necessary to have a cold work surface like a marble slab to keep the dough cold when rolling.
HOW TO MAKE PUFF PASTRY RECIPE
Use in favorite recipes when you learn how to make puff pastry recipes.
Now that you have learned how to make puff pastry recipes, try it in some of your puff pastry appetizer recipes of puff pastry dessert recipes. You can store it in the refrigerator for two days but make sure it is wrapped tightly in plastic wrap; a couple of layers of plastic wrap should keep out the air. If you want to freeze it, divide it in half and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. For freezing it is best to also wrap OVER THE PLASTIC WRAP with foil or freezer paper. This should keep it good for a couple of months.
If you want to learn how to make puff pastry recipes as appetizers, roll the dough out to 1/8 inch thickness and cut into desired shapes. Dough cut in squares can be folded over a filling in half or from corner to corner making a triangle; circles are easy to fold in half. Place a teaspoon of filling on small cuts of pastry or a tablespoon on larger pieces. Brush water on the edges of the dough, fold and press together to seal. Prick with a fork or cut holes in the top to let steam escape.
This is a favorite appetizer recipe when you learn how to make puff pastry recipes.
SPINACH APPETIZER RECIPE
ASIAN APPETIZER RECIPE
Preheat oven to 400F degrees.
Brown chicken until almost done; add shrimp and cook until both chicken and shrimp are cooked.
Add mushrooms and ginger and heat.
Blend cornstarch, soy sauce, sherry and oil until smooth; stir into chicken mixture until thickened.
Stir in green onions and salt and pepper; spoon mixture onto cut shapes of puff pastry.
Wet edges, seal and prick top with fork to let steam escape; brush with egg wash.
Place on ungreased baking sheets and bake until golden brown about 20 minutes.
Don’t forget about all the wonderful puff pastry dessert when you learn how to make puff pastry recipes. Two of my favorites are cream horns and Napoleons. The cream horns are very simple if you have molds to shape the horns. With strips of pastry dough wrap the mold starting at the point and overlapping as you wrap to the larger end. Brush with egg wash and bake until brown. When cooled, whip up sweetened whipped cream. With pastry bag stuff the horns with whipped cream. The Napoleon recipe is a little more time consuming but not difficult when you learn how to make puff pastry recipes but it is oh so delicious.
TO ASSEMBLE NAPOLEON RECIPE
PASTRY CREAM RECIPE
POWDERED SUGAR GLAZE
In small bowl combine 1 cup powdered sugar, ¼ teaspoon vanilla, 1 ½ tablespoons hot water; blend until smooth (if too thick add a little more hot water).
Melt 1 square unsweetened chocolate with 2 teaspoons butter
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