Puff Pastry

August 8, 2008

Puff pastry, also called ‘water dough’ is made up of flour, butter & pastry margarine, cold water and some vinegar. The process of making it can be time consuming as you need to roll out and fold the dough several times and you must allow it to rest in between folds. From the basic puff pastry, you can turn it into many kinds of snacks whether savoury or sweet ones. Today we made sardine puffs, cheese sticks and sweet piggy ears.

Various creation from puff pastry

Mini sardine puff

Cheese sticks

Sweet piggy ears


250gm flour

130gm ice water

15gm butter

1 tbsp vinegar

200gm pastry margarine (for folding)


1. Mix flour and salt in a mixing bowl.

2. Slowly pour in ice water and vinegar and mix well.

3. Continue mixing for about 5 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic.

4. Wrap in plastic and allow dough to rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, soften pastry margarine with hands and shape into a square.

6. Take out dough and roll out to fit the pastry margarine.

7. Place pastry margarine onto dough and fold in the edges.

8. Roll out dough well.

9. Give it a single fold and wrap in plastic to rest for 5 minutes.

8. Remove plastic. Roll out dough and give it double fold and wrap in plastic to rest for 5 minutes.

9. Repeat step 8 and 9 for twice.

11. The dough is ready to roll out and use.

12. Roll out well (not too thick or too thin) and cut into required shapes.

13. Bake at 220 degrees C for about 20 minutes.


It is important to keep the dough cold when you are working. If the butter begins to soften, put the dough into the freezer for 10-20 minutes, then resume your work.

Try not to over-handle the dough. Work as quickly as you reasonably can.


4 Responses to “Puff Pastry”

  1. The pastry really look nice. I had my fair share of misadventures with pastries. I couldnt get my dough right. I think I might just follow your recipe.

  2. hooisanlai Says:

    Thanks again πŸ™‚ I found that my pastry wasn’t as puffy as I thought it would be after baking. So I had all mini puffs. haha.

  3. […] 13, 2008 From the basic puff pastry recipe, you can make chicken pie, curry puffs, matchsticks, cream horn, custard slice and many more […]

  4. Criz Lai Says:

    From the color of your decorations, these yummy puff pastry would make lovely finger food for parties πŸ™‚


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