Michel Roux’s rough puff pastry recipe

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Michel Roux's rough puff pastry recipe is a classic and so easy to make too. This traditional recipe makes perfect rough puff pastry every time.

Michel Roux’s rough puff pastry recipe is deliciously light, flaky and crunchy. It rises like a dream and tastes scrumptiously rich and buttery, as all excellent puff pastries should.

Puff pastry can be used to make sweet dishes – like Danishes, cinnamon roll twists, croissants – or fruit tarts topped with just about anything (we love strawberries and cream).

Or for more savoury options, think sausage rolls, cheesy pies, salmon en croûte – steak and ale pies – or perhaps a puff pie filled with spinach, ricotta and pine nuts. Our mouths are watering already!

Looking for more inspiration? We’ve got lots more puff pastry recipes here.

Ingredients

  • 500g plain flour
  • 500g very cold butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 250ml ice-cold water

Method

  • Put the flour in a mound on the work surface and make a well. Put in the butter and salt and work them together with the fingertips of one hand, gradually drawing the flour into the centre with the other hand.

  • When the cubes of butter have become small pieces and the dough is grainy, gradually add the iced water and mix until it is all incorporated, but don’t overwork the dough. Roll it into a ball, wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

  • Flour the work surface and roll out the pastry into a 40 x 20cm rectangle. Fold it into three and give it a quarter-turn. Roll the block of pastry into a 40 x 20cm rectangle as before, and fold it into three again. These are the first 2 turns. Wrap the block in cling film and refrigerate it for 30 minutes.

  • Give the chilled pastry another 2 turns, rolling and folding as before. This makes a total of 4 turns, and the pastry is now ready. Wrap it in cling film and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before using.

Top tip for making Michel Roux’s rough puff pastry

Once you have tried making rough puff pastry, you'll probably opt for this easier method every time. Tight-wrapped in cling film, it will keep for 3 days in the fridge, and for at least 4 weeks in the freezer.

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