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Easy Homemade Puff Pastry From Scratch: Sweet / Savory

Learn how to make homemade puff pastry dough from scratch with step by step instructions in a video. A healthier alternative than store bought puff pastry dough – it’s easy to make ahead and freeze it. This homemade puff pastry dough recipe can be used for delicious desserts, appetizers, breakfast, brunch and tasty meals for a large group of friends, families and holiday parties.

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With frozen puff pastry dough sheets readily available at the store, you might wonder why anyone would ever bother making it from scratch. Well, for me at least: homemade puff pastry dough made from scratch tastes absolutely amazing. Besides, have you ever looked what puff pastry is actually made of?

Homemade Puff Pastry Is Healthier And Tastier

Most of the puff pastry dough sheets that are sold in stores contain enriched and/or bleached flour (never organic), some nasty cheap vegetable oils (palm, soybean, hydrogenated cottonseed), high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and preservatives.

And even if you don’t care about ingredients, you will never get that wonderful buttery flavor from a ready-made version, because there is no butter in them!

Last time I purchased (a 14 ounce) box of puff pastry dough from Whole Foods, I paid more than $12 for it! It was the highest quality puff pastry available that had real butter. But really, that much for a single sheet?

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Plus it wasn’t even made with organic flour. So it certainly contains glyphosate – the known cancer causing herbicide that is used on conventional crops. Actually I couldn’t find a single brand of puff pastry dough that is labeled organic.

How To Make Easy Homemade Puff Pastry Dough From Scratch

The three primary ingredients of pastry are fat, flour and water. First you start by combining the dough ingredients in a big bowl until you form a soft dough.

There are a few ways to shorten the process of making homemade puff pastry dough, my version consists of rolling the dough first.

Then you spread the grated cold butter all over it and roll it (see video below). You gather everything into a ball and immediately refrigerate it. By the time you finish rolling each ball, the first ones are already ready to use. But I like to wait and finish baking the next day.

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Making cheese rolls with puff pastry dough from scratch (see video below)

This shortcut of making homemade puff pastry dough is really amazing and requires less labor and waiting time.

The dough is easier to make than the traditional puff pastry dough and still produces tender buttery layers. Once the pastry is made, it can be used after an hour in the fridge or the next day. It can also be frozen just like store-bought pastry.

Make Healthy Pastry Recipes

This is a recipe my mother often did in my childhood every time when we had guests, we all loved these absolutely mouth-watering pastries.

This homemade puff pastry dough can be used in so many recipes, it can be rolled, stuffed, and layered with all kinds of ingredients. The recipe can be used in desserts, lunch and dinner meals, as a snack or appetizers.

Healthy homemade puff pastry dough recipe filled with cheese and herbs

My favorite recipes are: puff pastry cheese rolls made with farmer’s cheese mixed with green onions and fresh dill. And as dessert – apple turnovers from scratch, filled with apples and cinnamon.

Apple Turnovers From Scratch With Homemade Puff Pastry

These healthy apple turnovers start with my homemade puff pastry dough and a delicious apple cinnamon filling, just like an apple pie.

Instead of filling the apple turnovers with sliced or chopped apples, I shredded the apples in order to create a more cohesive filling that does not fall apart when you bite into the turnovers.

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Apple turnovers from scratch with puff pastry

Then combine the grated apples, sugar, cinnamon and some lemon juice (optional) and it’s ready to be folded into the pastry dough. See the process in the video below.

Puff Pastry Cheese Rolls

With the same homemade puff pastry dough you can make flaky, buttery puff pastry cheese rolls – miniature cheese rolls pies that are great as appetizer for a large crowd, great for picknick, as a snack or even breakfast. They are equally delicious when served hot or cold.

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The best cheese to use for making these puff pastry cheese rolls, in my opinion, is the farmer’s cheese. Not only it’s healthier (because it’s fermented and has probiotics) but it also has a fresh, sweet and sour taste that pairs very well with herbs like scallions and dill.

See video bellow how to make them!

Easy Homemade Puff Pastry From Scratch – Cheese Rolls And Apple Turnovers

Puff pastry cheese rolls and apple turnovers recipe made with homemade puff pastry dough from scratch – easy to make ahead and freeze. These puff pastry cheese rolls are great as appetizers, for breakfast, brunch and tasty meals when you have a large group of friends, families and holiday parties.
Prep Time1 hr 10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Inactive Time2 hrs
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: French
Servings: 36 cheese rolls or apple turnovers
Calories: 302.4kcal
Author: HealthyTasteOfLife
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Ingredients
 

  • 2 (8 oz) glasses of water
  • 4 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tbsp of unflavored oil, - avocado is my choice
  • 4 eggs, - organic
  • 1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt
  • cups of all purpose flour (preferably organic) - plus 1-2 cups more for kneading
  • 8 sticks of butter, 4 oz each, - organic, unsalted

Cheese Filling

  • 1 pound farmer’s cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 8-10 springs fresh dill
  • 3-4 scallions
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Apple Filling

  • 4 medium sweet and sour apples - shredded
  • 4 tbsp cane sugar - or your preferred sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon - optional
  • 1 tsp lemon juice - optional

6-7 tbsp of oil – for greasing the table

    Instructions
     

    • The night before, stick your butter in the freezer, or at least 3 hours ahead of time, that’s fine, too. 
    • Mix all ingredients, add flour slowly at the end and knead until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. 
    • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead. The dough should be slightly sticky and soft. If you’ve been kneading 10 minutes and it’s still too sticky then a dusting or two might be required.
    • Cut into fist sized balls and knead each one into a tight, smooth ball. Cover the balls with a plastic wrap or towel while working to prevent drying. On a lightly floured surface with floured rolling pin, roll each piece of dough as thin as possible (like paper thin). You will need approximately 2 more cups of flour for that.
    • Spread grated frozen butter over each sheet. Then roll and place it in a sealed bag in the fridge. Let it rest at least 2 hours or overnight.
    • When ready, grease the table with oil and roll each piece into a thin rectangle, it should stretch easily.
    • Spread the filling in a thin layer evenly over the 1/4 of the surface of the dough.
    • Gently grab the dough and roll it up into a tight spiral (cheese feeling), or fold it over (apple turnovers). See video.
    • Lift up the rolled dough, seam side down, and place it diagonally onto a sheet pan.
    • Bake at 390 degrees F for 30-40 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Brush with egg for a more golden color. Let it cool before serving.

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    Notes

    The recipe makes a double batch of puff pastry, because I freeze half for easy use in future recipes. Feel free to halve the recipe if you only need one batch though.
    If you freeze it. Thaw the puff pastry dough overnight in the refrigerator and be sure it’s pliable before working with it.
    When left at room temperature the butter in the dough will soften and melt. This leaves the dough sticky and really hard to work with.
    Temperature is very important in baking up puff pastry. As a rule of thumb, a higher oven temperature (390 – 400°F is ideal) results in puff pastry with a higher rise.
    It’s important to keep your dough cold throughout the process, if butter gets too warm you will lose the lamination (layering) in the dough and the butter will leak while baking.
    You need to pre-heat the oven, aprox. 20 minutes. If your oven has not pre-heated enough, the butter will melt rather than turn to steam, which is what gives the lift.
    Use a cold baking sheet before placing the dough to bake.
    If the butter starts leaking while baking you can remove the excess with a paper towel.
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    Nutrition

    Serving: 1cheese roll / apple turnover | Calories: 302.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 15.6g | Protein: 5.6g | Fat: 24.6g | Saturated Fat: 14.8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6.8g | Cholesterol: 87.7mg | Sodium: 73.2mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 0.9g | Sugar: 1.7g | Vitamin A: 925IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator.

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