Exciting Puff Pastry Video Lesson May 17, 2009

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Making puff pastry is one of those culinary activities that makes our heart go rub-a-dub-dub.  When it doesn’t come out the way it should, it erodes our confidence in our baking skills.  Let’s admit it, a perfect puff pastry takes practice – tons of practice.  Several things to consider:

  • the butter must never be allowed to melt; the dough must not absorb the moisture from the butter
  • you need to fold it about 6 times and let it sit in the fridge for about 10 minutes each time
  • the result must be light and flaky without that heavy butter taste
  • total working time:  an hour and a half – for a small quantity (6 hours for larger batches)

I was enchanted with this YouTube video lesson because the chef – Vah-Reh-Vah was so engaging.  He goes into detail and entertains viewers with his step-by-step procedure.  You can tell he loves what he does.  He said that in India it’s a bit more difficult to produce puff pastry because of the weather.  The chefs don’t use butter; instead they use chilled margarine.

Watch this video.  I guarantee you’ll learn, you’ll smile, and you’ll be inspired to start making puff pastry.