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Fast and Easy Puff Pastry

in quick and easy whole grain dairy free gluten free overnight guaranteed classic

Author: PJ Hamel

Fast and Easy Puff Pastry Recipe

Wonderfully flaky, buttery, tender pastries, turnovers, cheese straws, elephant ears (palmiers), shells for savory fillings, and more can be yours with a minimum of effort.

Since this pastry uses only a few ingredients, it's important to make those ingredients top-quality. We recommend Vermont's Cabot unsalted butter and sour cream, both of which are available nationally.

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At a glance

1 generous pound puff pastry, enough to roll into a 12" x 24" rectangle
Nutrition information


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  • 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt*
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup (16 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter,* cut in pats
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • *If you use salted butter, reduce the amount of salt to 1/4 teaspoon


  1. Whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder.
  2. Add the butter, working it in to make a coarse/crumbly mixture. Leave most of the butter in large, pea-sized pieces.
  3. Stir in the sour cream; the dough won't be cohesive. Turn it out onto a floured work surface, and bring it together with a few quick kneads.
  4. Pat the dough into a rough log, and roll it into an 8" x 10" rectangle.
  5. Dust both sides of the dough with flour, and starting with a shorter end, fold it in three like a business letter.
  6. Flip the dough over, give it a 90° turn on your work surface, and roll it into an 8" x 10" rectangle. Fold it in three again.
  7. Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes before using. To make pastry, roll into desired size.
  8. Freeze dough for prolonged storage, up to 2 months. To use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 586g
  • Servings Per Batch varies
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 2730
  • Calories from Fat 1850
  • Total Fat 208g
  • Saturated Fat 126g
  • Trans Fat 8g
  • Cholesterol 555mg
  • Sodium 1470mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 190g
  • Dietary Fiber 7g
  • Sugars 5g
  • Protein 34g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.