Saturday, November 10, 2012

Easy Homemade Puff Pastry from Scratch

Every time I go to the store I look for puff pastry, however they never have it.  I started reading about how to make it from scratch and the "classic" recipe seemed to take a lot of work and timeSo I kept looking and then I found this recipe from King Arthur Flour that sounded so easy and it didn't take all day either!  I tweaked it a little, gave it a try and I'm so happy that I did.  It turned out wonderful and it was so simple to make.  Plus the end result is so flaky and buttery!  Once you try this, you'll never go back to store bought again!  It was early morning so I decided to fill mine with cream cheese and strawberry preserves... like a toaster strudel.  I'm looking forward to trying it with so many other fillings too!

Ingredients are as follows:

1 3/4 C flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 C butter, frozen and cut into slices
1/2 C sour cream

6 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 C sugar
1 tsp. vanilla 

Strawberry preserves


Preheat oven to 400 degrees; have a cookie sheet ready.

Mix together the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar; add the butter.

Cut the butter into the flour mixture (do not over mix, bigger chunks are better).

Add the sour cream and mix until moistened.

Pour out onto a floured surface; quickly knead it until it sticks together.

Roll out into a rectangle (mine was about 12" x 13"). 

Fold down the top half then flip up the bottom half.

Fold in both sides. 

Roll out into another rectangle and repeat the folds one more timeSee the difference between the top picture and the bottom picture?  The second picture is much smoother.  Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes or you could freeze it at this point.

Mix the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla together.

Remove dough from the fridge and roll out into a square.

Trim the edges of the dough and cut into six pieces.

Place a dollop of cream cheese and preserves at one end of the dough.

Cut three little slits into the other end of the dough.

Moisten the edges of the dough (with water) then fold the bottom half over the cream cheese/preserves and crimp the edges to seal.

Continue with the remaining dough and place onto a baking sheet.

 Bake for 20-25 minutes; until golden brown.

Take a bite and enjoy!



  1. I am so going to try this!!! Yummmm! My husband loves puff pasty so I know he'll love this!! TY so much for sharing <3

  2. I need to give this a try, it looks so good! I'm a bit intimidated by making my own pastry dough. Pinned it so I can attempt :)

  3. That looks wonderful! I've never thought to make puff pastry but that looks so fantastically easy! Thanks so much!

  4. This looks so good. I've never made dough before but I'll give it a try.

  5. Wow, it just never occurred to me that I could actually make puff pastry! Thanks for the recipe and the inspiration!

  6. This is fabulous!! I am bookmarking this to make later!

  7. Lisa - you are such an awesome 'tweaker'!! I am always amazed at the things you come up with. I cannot wait to try this recipe...pinning and printing now. Thanks so much for sharing.

  8. That looks so yummy as all your recipes do! I can't wait to make it. Thank you for posting it at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase!


  9. I was just saying the other day how puff pastry was something I've never done...


  10. I've always thought that puff pastry was difficult - but this does look easy. I'll be trying this soon! I'd love for you to share this at Tuesday's Table for the Holidays -

  11. These look absolutely amazing! I've tried to make puff pastry before but it's never worked out. Definitely going to try your recipe - maybe to make a sweet breakfast for this weekend :)

  12. I have always wanted to try this. Going to put this on my to do list. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday. Please come back Sunday to vote.

  13. Wishing you and your family a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you soon!
    Miz Helen

  14. I am going to have to try this! It looks so good!

    Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

    Robyn from

  15. Looks good! Love the picture, makes me want some.

  16. This looks like the perfect dessert for me! You make the puff pastry seem so easy! Thank you for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

  17. this looks SOOO impressive! Wow, and yummy too of course! So glad you linked up so I will have this recipe to come back to :o) You are being featured at tomorrows party. Come on over and check it out. Link will be live tomorrow at 8:30 pm central. Happy Monday!

  18. Oh, Lisa! These look divine and I'm SO glad you shared them at Wicked Good Wednesdays!! YUMMY!! And you make homemade pastry look SO easy! Way to go, girl!!

  19. Have you ever tried it on a pot pie? To do so, do you think it would be best to just use it on the top of the pie so the bottom doesn't get soggy?

    1. I use it for the tops of my pot pie because I do think it would get soggy on the bottom :)

    2. Have you ever used milk instead of sour cream in the puff pastry crust?

    3. No I haven't...I think milk may be too runny and the dough may not turn out correctly.

  20. WOW!! I am soooo pinning this one! I like in Cambodia as a missionary and cannot get pastry puffs, so this is a blessing to have as a recipe. I can't WAIT to surprise my family with this stuff. Thanks so much for sharing!

  21. I don't have any sour cream, but I usually sub plain Greek yogurt for it anyway. Think I'll give it angry w/that & see what happens.

  22. I voted for you over at Better Recipes because it would be amazing if one of us won the cover! Good luck these look amazing!


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