e all know the fable called “The three little pigs”, right? “I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll huff and I’ll puff…” and so on, the big bad wolf said many times – and what happened? He ended in the cauldron of boiling water, that’s what! Well, in this video no pigs or wolves will be hurt, but there IS going to be some serious huffing and puffing, because – today we are making puff pastry!
Now, let me tell you something about it. As usual in gastronomy, we can’t be a 100% sure about the origin and history of a dish and that is also the case with the puff pastry. Puff pastry seems to be related to the Middle Eastern phyllo and is used in a similar manner to create layered pastries. Some sources ascribe it to the 17th century French painter and cook Claude Lorrain, but other think that the predecessor of today’s puff pastry is a simple meal consisting of thin sheets of dough spread with olive oil from the medieval region of Muslim Spain – that is where Spain and Portugal are today. Interestingly enough, chef Domingo Hernández de Maceras, a head cook of the University of Salamanca, Spain, published, in 1607, a book called Libro del arte de cozina (Book on the art of cooking) and there we can find a first known recipe for modern puff pastry – using butter or lard!
OK, so let’s get back to huffing and puffing! First – you have to roll out your dough not once or twice, but five times! A few huffs and puffs there, I guess! Also, there will be some puffing in the oven, when the butter in your puff meets the heat, and finally, when every nook and cranny of your kitchen is filled with the divine smell of freshly baked puff pastry you will wolf it down so fast that at the end you will be huffing and puffing again, but this time-in a good way! So, enough with the word play, let’s get busy and make that puff pastry!
So, you have made your very first puff pastry and it wasn’t that scary, was it? Now leave it in the fridge, preferably overnight and take a well-deserved break. Tomorrow is another day, and I predict that it will be filled with a wonderful smell from your oven..? Don’t forget to tell me all about it!
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