Puff Pastry

Puff Pastry

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  • 8 oz 200 g flour
  • 1/4 pint 125 ml ice-cold water
  • 8 oz 200 g margarine or butter
  • Few drops of lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt


  • Sieve the flour and salt.
  • Rub in 2 oz (50 g) of butter or margarine.
  • Make a well in the center.
  • Add the water and lemon juice and knead well into a smooth dough in the shape of a ball.
  • Relax the dough in a cool place for approximately 30 minutes.
  • Cut a cross half-way through the dough and pull out the corners to form a star shape.
  • Roll out the points of the star square, leaving the center thick.
  • Knead the remaining 6 oz (150 g) or butter or margarine to the same texture as the dough.
  • Place the butter or margarine on the center square which is four times thicker than the flaps.
  • Fold the flaps.
  • Roll out approx. 30 x 15 cm ( 1 x 1 1.2 ft), cover with a cloth, rest for 5-10 minutes in a cool place.
  • Roll out approx. 60 x 20 cm (2 x 2/3 ft), fold both ends to the center, fold in half again to form a square. This is one double turn.
  • Allow to rest in a cool place for approx. 20 minutes.
  • Half-turn the paste to the right or the left.
  • Give one more double turn, allow to rest 20 minutes.
  • Give two more double turns, allowing to rest between each. Allow to rest before using.
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Food activist and childhood nutrition advocate Tamzin Cochrane helps the busiest of people to cook up something healthy and delicious, even after a long day. She also helps companies and schools educate around—and create a culture and environment that truly supports healthy eating. Decades in the foodservice and hospitality industry have given Tamzin a well-rounded perspective on mealtime. She is passionate about bringing back the lost art of families and friends cooking together, and she loves seeing people enjoy the amazing tastes and textures of their communal effort. Inspiring children to cook and expand there horizons on food is very important. She shares this message through virtual coaching and video courses, by speaking at corporations, schools, and events, and through her recently-released video courses. Tamzin is found most often at The Pinny and Trowel Cooking School, which she opened in early 2020, it is located in Austin TX. Tamzin was born in England, grew up in Scotland, and now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband (who incidentally, is Scottish but grew up in England) and their children.

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