I have what is probably the world’s noisiest food processor. The cats leave the room, my son plugs his ears & leaves the room – there’s this high pitched noise that makes you feel weird in your skin – it’s a terrible beast but it works really well. In an effort to get me to give it away, my son & his girlfriend bought me an immersion blender (metal) with a whisk attachment and a small food processor attachment. I absolutely would have donated the monster beast to some poor sucke….ummm, some lucky soul, but….the new one doesn’t do pastry. The attachment isn’t big enough. 😦 So I kept the monster beast. I drag it out a few times a year normally, because I don’t do pastry very often. But today! Today, I found a recipe for puff pastry, done in a food processor! I have to use some apples and puff pastry sounds like a great way to cuddle some apple cranberry filling.
Much to my son’s everlasting delight, the monster beast will be used a few more times a year. (insert evil laugh here)
- 2 cups of flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1-1/4 cups of cold, unsalted butter, cut into cubes – don’t use margarine for this, it doesn’t work the same in this application
- 1/2 cup of ice cold water
Put the flour & salt into the, hopefully quieter than mine, food processor with the blade attachment (bottom one). Add about 3/4 cup of the butter. Do about 10-12 one second pulses to break up the butter.
Add the rest of the butter and do about 2 or 3 pulses. Don’t do any more, or the butter will get too warm.
Add the water, as cold as you can get it. Pulse 4 or 5 times – enough to start getting the dough into a ball.
Dump the dough out onto a floured surface and knead it gently to get all the loose bits into the ball. Flour a rolling pin and roll out into a 12 – 18 inch rectangle. Fold it in half and then half again and half again – I actually did it in thirds. Wrap in plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for 2 hours.
Roll out and use in your recipe!