Puff pastry is a flaky, light pastry made by layering butter and dough. It rises into many delicate layers through baking, achieving its signature texture. This occurs as water in the dough and butter converts to steam, pushing the layers apart.
Puff pastry complements both sweet and savory fillings and accents, establishing itself as an essential recipe for every home baker to master. Once you learn to make puff pastry, it can be the canvas for recipes like tarts, pastry cups, croissants and more. Read this guide to learn more about puff pastry.