Francois's Puff Pastry
- Yield: Makes 2 3/4 pounds
Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2001
- 12 1/4 ounces bread flour
- 5 1/4 ounces pastry flour
- 17 1/2 ounces unsalted butter
- 8 3/4 ounces ice water
- 1/3 ounce salt
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine the bread and pastry flours, 5 1/4 ounces butter, and the water. Mix ingredients on low speed for 10 minutes. Add salt, and mix for 3 minutes more.
Remove dough from bowl and transfer to work surface. Let rest for 20 minutes. Shape dough into a 6-by-8-inch rectangle, wrap with plastic wrap and place on a baking sheet. Chill until dough is very cold, about 1 hour.
Place remaining 12 1/4 ounces butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, and mix until the butter has softened and is the same consistency as the dough.
Remove the dough from the refrigerator, and place it on your work surface with the short side facing you. Spread the softened butter over the bottom half of the dough and fold the dough over the butter to enclose.
Turn the dough so that the short side is again facing you. Roll the dough into a 6-by-18-inch rectangle. Fold dough into thirds. Rotate dough 90 degrees (one quarter turn); roll again into a 6-by-18-inch rectangle; fold in thirds. Press two fingers into the dough to indicate the completion of two turns. Wrap in plastic; chill for about 2 hours.
Repeat the rolling-out process in step 5, rotating the dough 90 degrees before beginning. Mark with four fingers, signifying the completion of four turns. Wrap in plastic; chill for 2 hours.
Remove the dough from refrigerator. Give the dough its final two turns by repeating the rolling-out process in step 5, again rotating it 90 degrees before rolling it out. The dough is now ready to be used or it may be refrigerated overnight.