Easy Puffed Pastry

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Serves: 12
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1 c cold butter or 1/2 shortening + 1/2 butter
2 c all purpose flour
1 c sour cream, full fat
1/4 tsp salt

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Darell Bell Recipe
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Darell's notes for this recipe:
This is a very quick way of making puffed pastry. I have used this for gourmet pot pies, elephant ears, pigs in a blanket, beef wellington, and poached pears wrapped in puffed pastry (pictured).

You need to allow the dough to chill overnight but if you have the time its much more flakier if you freeze it and then defrost it and use it.

You can even substitute half the butter for shortening if you like. Use this recipe for any recipe that requires puff pastry. Also I have split this recipe in half and quartered it as well and it works great!
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In a large bowl mix the flour and salt. Cut in 1 cup butter (or half butter/half shortening equaling one cup) into flour until crumbly, leaving pea-sized chunks.

Note: If using salted butter omit the salt.
Stir in sour cream, and mix well; dough will be very sticky.
Form dough into a flattened disk(this will help when rolling the puff pastry out) Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 8 hours, or overnight. You can freeze the dough at this point and defrost at your convenience.

TIP: Take the dough out of the freezer ahead of time to defrost in the fridge. If you have placed it in the fridge allow 30 minutes for it to become pliable enough for you to roll it out. The dough should remain cold in order to make the pastry puff.
Roll dough to 1/4 of an inch and use for any recipe requiring puffed pastry.

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user Linda McConnell lmccon1187 - Aug 29, 2012
Can't wait to try this.... thank you very much!
user sherri gage KitchenCabinet - Aug 29, 2012
Sounds interesting!! How thick do you roll your pastry out to? I want to make twisted cinnamon-sugar sticks from this (kind of like elephant ears) will let you know they turn out! Thanks for the idea. :):):)
user sherri gage KitchenCabinet - Aug 29, 2012
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user Darell Bell bellds - Aug 29, 2012
I would probably roll the puff pastry out to a 1/4 inch.I have made Palmiers with this dough as well which works well. Please let me know how they turn out!
user sherri gage KitchenCabinet - Aug 29, 2012
Sure will, Thanks!!!! :):):)

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