Monday, December 2, 2013

Easy Puff Pastry


Ah, quick laminated pastry dough.  How I love thee.  This is the recipe that inspired my experimentation with making easy croissants.  It is really easy and produces a remarkably flaky pastry for the amount of time it takes to make.  Again, the lamination process is super fast and the end result, while not as light and flaky as the classic method, will totally impress all of your friends.  Puff pastry recipes to follow in later posts!

INGREDIENTS
Makes 1 lb of dough
- 1.5 cups (7.5oz/235g) all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup (2oz/60g) cake and pastry flour (or more all purpose)
- scant 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 lb (250g) cold margarine or vegetable shortening (I like a 50:50 mix)
- 1/2 cup (4oz/125ml) ice cold water

METHOD
1. Whisk together flour(s) and salt.
2. Use a pastry cutter to cut the fat into the flour.  There should be largish chunks of fat visible--don't cut it down too much.
3. Sprinkle water over the flour/fat mixture and gently mix together with a wooden spoon (you don't want to mash the fat chunks too much).  When you can't incorporate any more flour in, use your hands to gather together a dough ball.  Press/squeeze the flour mixture together to form a dough, rather than kneading.  The final dough will be sticky.
4. Turn dough out onto a well floured surface.  Flour the top of the dough.
Roll into a rectangle, about 7x16 inches.  Make sure everything stays well-floured--keep checking under the dough to make sure it is not sticking.  Square everything up by pressing the dough into the side of a pastry scraper.
5. Fold the top down to the middle, and the bottom to the middle.  Fold in half.  Use the pasty scraper to square everything up.

6. Rotate dough 90 degrees (see pic at the top of this post) and repeat step 5.
7. Wrap dough in plastic wrap or waxed paper and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before using.


As you can see, I am back blogging.  Life is still busy here, but I really missed creating and posting new recipes.  I have all the wonderful people I met at the Atlanta VegFest to thank for getting me back in the Vegan Dad groove.  I was amazed that so many people knew who Vegan Dad was, still loved the blog, still followed the Facebook page, and who still (despite the explosion of vegan blogs and cookbooks in the past few years) wanted me to post new recipes.  I also had the great fortune to eat lunch and dinner with Isa in Athens (thanks, Janet!).  She has been a supporter of the blog since the very beginning and is a source of vegan inspiration.  So, I'm back.  I'll probably only get a few posts off a month until the book manuscript is in (not a cookbook, I am sorry to say).  Thanks for sticking with me, and let's eat some good food!
Here I am contemplating my future whilst Isa signs my copy of her cookbook.

20 comments:

Christy said...

Welcome back!

Carol Perryman said...

I'm thrilled you've been easing back into blogging! I never deleted a feed to your blog, so when I saw your first new post, I hoped this was a sign of more to come. Listen - we depend on some of your recipes (especially your burgers), and your harvest pie made our thanksgiving savory and really special. You make a difference.

Bee said...

I'm new to your blog/fb pages - they're fab! Glad you're back blogging! ��

Martine said...

So nice to see you're posting again. I was really hoping that you would. Your blog was such an inspiration for me when I first went vegan. Kudos from a fellow academic!

karmaquinta.com said...

So pleased you're back . . . but really you never went away, because there are so many great recipes already shared on your blog.

Good luck with the new book.

Virtually Vegan Mama said...

I love this! I make a portobello wellington and have to order my vegan puff pastry...this actually looks a lot simpler than I thought it would be to make and I would rather make my own, I'm definitely going to try this...have you tried freezing it/defrosting?? Welcome back to blogging, I run a vegan blog too(and yes there are a ton of them) and took a lot of time off - I have three kids under the age of 6 - life gets busy!! I just recentley started up again because too I miss the creative outlet and I love building my family cookbook, keeps us on track and never bored...anyway...just wanted to say hi, first time stopping by! nice to meet you! Looking forward to more recipes!

Jen
ps I want to try those croissants too, my kiddos love them!!!

Fedi Elias said...

So happy when I saw this post! Thank you for this :)
And welcome back..

Jacki said...

I'm so glad you're back!!! I send so many people to your blog for family/kid friendly recipes. :)

Kat said...

I am very glad you are back and blogging!!! I have learned a lot from you and others that comment on your blog. Thanks for being back!!

Mary said...

So glad you're back. I'd been following you for years, even though I wasn't vegan.

Angela said...

So glad to see you blogging again, no matter what the frequency. I'm a big fan. :)

My thoughts here and there said...

I'm so glad you've decided to return to blogging. Thank you!! Your blog has always been one of my favorites.

Josh @ Cooking Kind said...

I tried a similar technique, but different recipe and it was flat not flaky. I am going to use your recipe now and I'm sure it'll be delicious!

Keni Scherbinski said...

YAYAYAYAYAY!!! my husband had found your blog way back when, we fell in love with you. we wept when you left! thank you for coming back to us, our lives have been incomplete without you!

jaz said...

Im so glad that you're back blogging! You're the first vegan blog I found when I went vegan almost 2 years ago and loved that you were also in Ontario!

The Peace Patch said...

Supercool to see you again...cheers! :)

Tora said...

Thanks for the tips shared using your blog. Keep it up:)

lillian said...

Yes. It is good to have you back!

Neeli said...

I missed this post - welcome back!

Anonymous said...

Welcome back, VeganDad! You were missed! I understand life is crazy. It's so good to have you back!