Baking - General, Education/Classes, Recipe

Blitz Puff Pastry

Anyone who has ever tried to make an authentic laminated dough knows that it is a lot of work, requiring time, muscles and patience. It’s not something you want to do everyday, but for special occasions it is a treat to have those croissants or danishes, so light and crispy (light in weight, not calories!) But we don’t always have the time or energy to devote to the whole process for laminated doughs.

A few weeks ago I took a class at King Arthur Flour on blitz puff pastry, a short-cut when you need a laminated dough in a hurry. It’s not quite as effective as a true laminate dough, or as pleasing to the mouth in my opinion, but it’s a reasonable subsitute. Instead of making the dough and folding the fat in, the butter is simply cut into the dough like a pie dough, except the butter is left in bigger chunks. As the pastry bakes those chunks of butter melt and create steam, which helps the dough to rise and creates the effect of puffy, crispy pastry.

The dough has 1 1/2 c. flour, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1 c. cold unsalted butter (cubed) and 1/2 c. sour cream. Continue reading “Blitz Puff Pastry”

Baking - Breads, Recipe

Crispy Amazingness!

This post is especially for my mother-in-law, and of course anyone else with a love of Raincoast Crisps. We were visiting my in-laws over Easter, and my mother-in-law had a box of these crisps. They are super crunchy, full of yummy nuts, seeds and dried fruits, with a touch of sweetness making them the perfect base for enjoying cheese, hummus, and any other savoury topping. But they are really expensive. Don’t get me wrong, they are all natural and totally worth it, but for those of us who can eat a whole box in one sitting, it can be a pricey habit. I looked at the ingredients on the box, and since they are all natural I recognized, and had on hand, pretty much all the ingredients. And being a baker, I also recognized by the look and consistency of the crackers, that they must be double baked like biscotti. And being resourceful, I headed to the internet to search for a recipe. I found a recipe on a blog and set about making some of these crisps for myself. You can find the original recipe here: Dinner with Julie.

I modified the recipe a bit, and you can too, substituting or adding any combination of nuts, seeds, dried fruits or herbs. It’s a cracker lover’s dream come true! Continue reading “Crispy Amazingness!”