A mixture of flour, fat, possibly egg and sugar, the fat usually dispersed as small solid globules coated with flour and the whole brought together with liquid prior to shaping and baking. There are many types of pastry. Pastry is the name given to various kinds of baked goods made from ingredients such as flour, milk, butter, shortening, baking powder or eggs. Small cakes, tarts and other sweet baked goods are called "pastries".
Pastry may also refer to the dough from which such baked goods are made. Pastry dough is rolled out thinly and used as a base for baked goods. Common pastry dishes include pies, tarts and quiches. Pastry is distinguished from bread by having a higher fat content, which contributes to a flaky or crumbly texture. A good pastry is light and airy and fatty, but firm enough to support the weight of the filling. When making a short crust pastry, care must be taken to blend the fat and flour thoroughly before adding any liquid. This ensures that the flour granules are adequately coated with fat and less likely to develop gluten. On the other hand, over mixing results in long gluten strands that toughens the pastry. In other types of pastry, such as Danish pastry and croissants, the characteristic flaky texture is achieved by repeatedly rolling out dough similar to that for yeast bread, spreading it with butter, and folding it to produce many thin layers of folds.
Many pie recipes involve blind-baking the pastry before the filling is added. Pastry dough may be sweetened or perhaps unsweetened.
Puff pastry appetizers know no limit other then your imagination. In some cases you'll want to cook the filling before baking it in the puff pastry, but lots of times you can just use an uncooked filling. Try smoked salmon, goat cheese, or tapenade and don't forget to include a few fresh herbs. Many times you can successfully garnish puff pastry with last night's dinner. Cut rounds from the puff pastry, then in the center place a few tablespoons of leftover ratatouille or whatever you may have. You might like to add a sprinkle of cheese. Fold the puff pastry on itself and press and roll the edge to seal. Bake at 400ºF for 12 minutes.
Lukewarm puff pastry with raspberries In baking, a puff pastry is a light, flaky, unleavened pastry containing several layers of fat which is in solid state at (68°F). Puff pastry is the royalty of pastries crisp, flaky, and...More...