Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Puff Pastry Recipe.

Hey y'all.

Sorry I've been posting a lot of food pictures and recipes. That's pretty much my life these days, so bear with me :)

Megan asked for a recipe for the entry below. Puff pastry is as follow:

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) plus 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen
5 to 6 tablespoons ice water

Sift together flour and salt into a chilled large metal bowl. Set a grater in flour mixture and coarsely grate frozen butter into flour, gently lifting flour and tossing to coat butter.

Drizzle 5 tablespoons ice water evenly over flour mixture and gently stir with a fork until incorporated.

Test mixture by gently squeezing a small handful: When it has the proper texture, it will hold together without crumbling apart. If necessary, add another tablespoon water, stirring until just incorporated and testing again. (If you overwork mixture or add too much water, pastry will be tough.)

Gather mixture together and form into a 5-inch square, then chill, wrapped in plastic wrap, until firm, about 30 minutes. (Dough will be lumpy and streaky.)

Roll out dough on a floured surface with a floured rolling pin into a 15- by- 8-inch rectangle. Arrange dough with a short side nearest you, then fold dough into thirds like a letter: bottom third up and top third down over dough. Rewrap dough and chill until firm, about 30 minutes.

Arrange dough with a short side nearest you on a floured surface and repeat rolling out, folding, and chilling 2 more times. Brush off any excess flour, then wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill at least 1 hour.

This was a great one- if you've ever made this before you know that its missing the Crisco and so its not AS flaky as the store bought. It was pretty low maintenance though, and pretty tasty! I'd add a bit more salt to accompany the salmon dish listed HERE. It's a Giada De Laurentiis. This would be an great recipe to ditch the pastry and have a REALLY healthy and flavorful meal- check it out. Super easy-peasy too!

Tonight is beef tacos made from 3-hour pot-roasted mexican beef, homemade guac, and fried corn tortillas (though I think I'm going to skip the frying for our health's sake :).

There ya have it!