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HOW TO MAKE PUFF PASTRY WITH A STAND MIXER

Puff pastry is a delicate, light-as-air pastry, made with a few simple ingredients. It puffs up in the oven creating layer upon layer of crispy, melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness. This versatile dough can be used for everything from cups for savory appetizer fillings and palmiers to flaky crusts for sweet turnovers, tarts and pastries. Make this puff pastry recipe in your KitchenAid® stand mixer and revel in the joy of mastering this beloved treat.

Homemade pastry on baking sheet Homemade pastry on baking sheet

WHAT IS PUFF PASTRY?

Homemade puff pastry uses butter, flour, salt and cold water to make a laminated/layered dough that can bake up into more than 500 layers of light, flaky pastry. When puff pastry—consisting of layers of rolled and folded butter and dough—is placed in the oven, the moisture in the butter and dough turns to steam and puffs the layers.

Croissant dough is another pastry dough that relies on steam for its rise. However, croissant dough contains yeast, which also contributes to the rise. Choux pastry is not a laminated dough, but it also puffs due to the eggs and moisture in its recipe.

PUFF PASTRY GLOSSARY
ROUGH PUFF PASTRY CLASSIC PUFF PASTRY BEURRAGE DÉTREMPE PATON PÂTE FEUILLETÉE LETTER FOLD LAMINATION TURN
Butter is broken down into small pieces before combining with flour and water—dough is then folded and rolled several times. Rectangular slab of butter is laminated into a lean dough using multiple  turns and folds. A block of flattened butter that’s placed on top of a lean dough for classic puff pastry. A dough containing a small amount of butter. Combined butter and dough package. The French name for puff pastry meaning “leaf-like pastry.” Dough is folded into thirds, like a business letter. The process of folding and rolling butter and dough together to create thin, flaky layers. Rolling the dough into a rectangle and creating a letter fold is a turn, your pastry will require 4-6 turns.

CAN YOU MAKE PUFF PASTRY WITH A KITCHENAID® STAND MIXER?

There are two methods for making puff pastry with a KitchenAid® stand mixer: rough puff or classic. The rough puff method breaks the butter down into small pieces before it’s combined with flour and other ingredients, which can be a more convenient way of preparing the dough. For the rough puff method, use a stand mixer and a pastry blender, like the KitchenAid® pastry beater accessory.1 The pastry beater from KitchenAid brand was specifically designed for the challenging task of cutting cold butter into dough for light and flaky pastries. It works seamlessly with the bowl to break cold butter into small pieces, creating a consistent texture and even distribution, minimizing the risk of overmixing.


For the classic method, use a stand mixer and the flat beater accessory2 to form a cohesive dough that is then wrapped around a rectangular slab of chilled butter which is folded, rolled and chilled multiple times.

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 Person making pastry with pastry beater  Person making pastry with pastry beater

ROUGH PUFF PASTRY STAND MIXER RECIPE

The rough puff—or blitz—method is a cross between puff pastry and basic pie dough. It doesn’t rely on as many folds, turns or chilling time resulting in a quicker puff pastry.

YIELDS
  • 6 servings
INGREDIENTS
  • 4 cups flour

  • 3 cups unsalted butter

  • 1 cup ice water

  • 2 ½ teaspoons sugar 

  • 1 tsp salt

PREP TIME (for classic puff pastry)
  • 20 minutes to prepare dough
  • 1 hour for rolling and chilling
TOOLS
TOTAL TIME
  • 1 hour and 20 minutes

STEP 1: MIX BUTTER & DRY INGREDIENTS iN A STAND MIXER

Using the pastry beater attachment, mix the flour, sugar, salt and cold butter in the bowl of a stand mixer on low speed until the mixture resembles cornmeal and pieces of butter are still visible.

STEP 2: ADD WATER

With the mixer still on low, slowly drizzle water, a little at a time, until the dough just comes together. It should be shaggy—not a solid ball—and pieces of butter should still be intact.

STEP 3: FORM DOUGH INTO A SQUARE & CHILL

Transfer the dough—which should hold together easily when you pick it up—to a lightly floured work surface. Roll the dough into an 8-inch square. Wrap the square in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

STEP 4: ROLL DOUGH  INTO A RECTANGLE & CREATE A LETTER FOLD

Roll the dough into an 8” x 20” rectangle and fold into thirds, then turn 90º and roll the dough a second time into another 8” x 20” rectangle, using a bench scraper to help create clean edges.

STEP 5: CONTINUE FOLDING & TURNING

Repeat the fold and turn process 3 times. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes before using

KitchenAid® stand mixer with lemon meringue pie KitchenAid® stand mixer with lemon meringue pie

ROUGH PUFF VS CLASSIC PUFF PASTRY

Rough puff and classic puff pastry use the same ingredients and many of the same tools to create a flaky pastry. Rough puff pastry typically requires 3 turns and about an hour of chilling time, while classic puff pastry typically requires 6 turns and several hours of chilling between turns. The rough puff method can be more convenient but it may result in pastry that’s slightly less puffy. The classic dough requires patience, but the results can be worth the time and effort. Lean in to the meditative task of rolling and folding as you create something undeniably delicious.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE PUFF PASTRY?

Rough puff pastry can be made in under two hours. This method uses grated butter which helps accomplish the lamination process with fewer folds and less resting time. Creating the “paton,” or butter and dough package for classic puff pastry, isn’t difficult—but the folding/rolling/chilling of this dough can take time. Be prepared to spend the better part of a day (much of this is chilling time) for this method. Keep in mind that the time may vary depending on the warmth of your kitchen and how quickly your dough chills after turning.

DO YOU BAKE PUFF PASTRY BEFORE FILLING?

If you’re using a wet filling or a filling that doesn’t need to be cooked, you can blind bake your puff pastry to keep it crisp and to help prevent shrinking. Simply line the pastry shell with parchment paper or foil and fill it with dried beans or pie weights. Bake until the pastry is set. Then remove the liner and weights and bake until the pastry is partially cooked—if you’re filling it with a filling that needs cooking—or until it’s golden brown if the filling doesn’t require cooking.

PUFF PASTRY RECIPES AND IDEAS

Mouth watering when used for both sweet and savory recipes, puff pastry is as versatile as it is delicious. Pair it with apples and brie for a sumptuous appetizer. Or create a crispy take on cinnamon roll bread by rolling a sheet of puff pastry with cinnamon, sugar, butter and pecans. Slice the roll into pinwheels and bake for a craveable guest breakfast. Make a vegan puff pastry by replacing the butter with stick versions of plant-based butter, which are lower in water than vegan butter spreads and more interchangeable with actual butter. Fill your pastry with seasonal fruits or veggies for a fresh, flaky vegan treat. Here are a few more ideas for using puff pastry:

Onion and raisin strudel on parchment paper

1. SPRING ONION AND RAISIN STRUDEL

Spring onions, leeks, raisins and pine nuts are baked in a creamy custard encased in flaky puff pastry for a sweet and savory tart. Use the KitchenAid® 7-Cup Food Processor, which chops, shreds, slices and purées, to help streamline the prep work.

Goat cheese and puff pastry tarts with vegetables

2. GOAT CHEESE TOASTS

Rounds of puff pastry are topped with goat cheese and sliced summer veggies for tangy, colorful bites. Experiment with different cheeses—crumbles of a good blue cheese or shredded Jarlsberg—and swap out the zucchini and squash with seasonal vegetables from your garden.

Breakfast pastries on cooling rack

3. CHERRY CREAM CHEESE BREAKFAST PASTRIES

The sweet cherry filling for this grown-up version of a childhood favorite pastry comes together with ease in a KitchenAid® stand mixer. Serve them with fresh fruit and your favorite egg dish for a weekend brunch with friends.

Ratatouille tart on baking sheet

4. RATATOUILLE TART

Thinly sliced veggies and creamy Boursin cheese are baked on a sheet of puff pastry. Serve the tart with a simple green salad and a glass of crisp white wine for a perfect summer dinner.

Baked brie with apples, nuts and crackers

5. BAKED BRIE EN CROUTE WITH DRIED CHERRY COMPOTE FILLING

Dried cherries, warm spices and spiced rum create a delicious compote that’s sandwiched between layers of brie and baked in a puff pastry crust. Serve it with crackers and winter cocktails for a cold-weather gathering.

TIPS FOR MAKING HOMEMADE PUFF PASTRY

  • If your kitchen is hot or warm, place your mixing bowl and accessories in the freezer before using to help keep everything cold.

  • Refrigerate your dough after every two turns, or after every turn if your kitchen is warm.

  • Wrap your dough tightly in plastic wrap before placing it in the fridge.

  • Use flour for rolling the dough sparingly—incorporating too much flour will lead to tough pastry.

  • Place your pastry dough in the fridge if it begins to shrink or feel rubbery.

  • Roll dough with even strokes away from you.

  • For the rough puff pastry method, freeze your butter for about 10 minutes before grating to make the grating easier and to keep it very cold.

  • When using frozen homemade puff pastry dough, let it thaw in the fridge before baking.

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