Puff Pastry

Puff pastry is a light, flaky, unleavened pastry containing several layers of fat. It is used for preparing sweet and salty recipes.

The production of puff pastry is time consuming, it takes around 3 hours to prepare it, but it is totally worth it. Not to mention that puff pastry is not easy to find here in Shanghai.


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup water

On a surface place flour and salt. Slowly pour in water.

Mix till you get a smooth dough. Put in the refrigerator for 1 or 2 hours.

In the meantime, take the butter and roll it out with some flour into a rectangular shape. Put in the refrigerator for about 30 min.

Take the dough out of the fridge, roll it out in a rectangular shape. On top of the dough place the butter. Fold one side. Then the other. Refrigerate for 20 mins.

Roll the dough out into a rectangular shape.

Fold it into 4 as shown in picture below. Refrigerate for other 20 min then repeat.

Keep the final dough in the refrigerator for 24 h before using it.

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