375gramsall purpose flouror 3 cups all purpose flour
250gramsunsalted butteror 2 cups chopped butter
¼cupice cold water + 1 tablespoonor add as required
mixing and preparing dough
Take 3 cups all purpose flour and 1 teaspoon salt. If you want you can sift flour and salt together.
Then mix very well. Keep aside.
Take 250 grams cold unsalted butter and chop it in 1 inch cubes . Overall you will need 2 cups chopped butter. Do note the butter has to be cold and hard. It should not be soft.
Now add the cold butter cubes to the flour + salt mixture.
With a knife roughly cut the butter in the flour.
Some large pieces or cubes of butter should be there. Do not make to a breadcrumb consistency. The butter should not melt. If the butter begins to melt, then cover and place in the refrigerator for 30 mins.
Then sprinkle ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon ice cold water all over. The water also has to be cold. So do chill water in the fridge before preparing the pastry.
Mix with your hands and gently bring the dough together. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons more water if required to bind the dough or if the mixture looks very dry. Do not knead. You just need to collect and gather the dough. There will be some pieces of butter in the flour and its fine.
When you get a rough piece of dough together, then cover and place in the same bowl or another bowl. Refrigerate for 45 minutes to an hour.
After 45 minutes, sprinkle some flour on your work surface.
folding and rolling puff pastry dough
Remove the rough dough from the fridge and place it on the sprinkled work surface.
Sprinkle some flour on the dough also.
Now gently roll the dough in one stroke downward. If any piece of dough comes out, then stick it back to the dough.
Make a 20 inches by 8 inches rectangle. Shape the sides to get a rectangle with the rolling pin.
Now make two folds. First fold from the top and bring the fold till center.
Overlap the second fold on top of the first fold.
Now lift the folded dough and place the overlapped folded side facing your left hand side. The dough will be facing lengthwise to you.
Again sprinkle some flour and gently roll in one stroke to make a rectangle.
Again fold and keep the folded side facing your left hand side and gently roll.
Repeat this folding and rolling 6 times.
After the last rolling is over, then fold again. Then gently roll a bit to even the dough. You will see this last fold is much more smooth than the previous ones.
Do note that if the butter begins to melt, then refrigerate the dough for 20 minutes after every fold. Cover the dough and keep in the fridge. In hot and warm temperatures you may need to do this.
Cover with a foil or cling film and place in the fridge for an hour before you start shaping and making the pastries. You can also keep overnight or for a day. If not using the dough in a day, then keep in the freezer.
Use puff pastry dough to make your favorite recipes with it.