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folded puff pastry

Quick and Easy Puff Pastry

Never buy puff pastry again! This quick and easy recipe is a game-changer for anything from dinner to desserts to appetizers.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 159kcal
Author: EmilyFabulous



  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 10 tablespoon butter, chilled salted or unsalted (add 1/4 tsp salt if unsalted)
  • cup ice-cold water


  • Put some water and ice in a small bowl or cup to get the water nice and chilled before using.
    ice water in a cup
  • Place the flour in a mixing bowl. Use your cheese grater and grate your chilled butter into the bowl with the flour.
    shredded cold butter for puff pastry
  • Use a pastry cutter to combine flour and butter into a crumble.
    crumbled puff pastry dough
  • Measure the chilled water and add it to the flour mixture. Stir to combine as best as possible. Use your hands to form a dough ball. You should see bits of butter, which is what you want.
    puff pastry ball before rolling
  • Place the dough ball onto a lightly floured surface and pat it into a rectangle shape using your hands. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a flat rectangle.
    rolled out puff pastry
  • Fold the dough into thirds, rotate sideways, roll it out into a rectangle again and repeat 5 or 6 more times.
    folded puff pastry
  • Place the dough in a ziplock bag and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before using. Once chilled, use your dough for whatever recipe you are making.
    puff pastry in bag


  • The pastry has to chill for an hour before you use it so plan ahead.
  • Puff pastry dough freezes really well. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container or ziplock bag in the freezer for up to 2 weeks. Thaw it in the fridge overnight before using it.
  • If you don't have a pastry cutter, you can also use a fork.
  • Grating butter is a neat trick to help with cutting in the butter quickly and easily.
  • You can freeze the puff pastry for up to 6 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before using.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.9g | Protein: 1.7g | Fat: 11.7g | Saturated Fat: 7.3g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 20mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 0.1g | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.