Cooking puff pastry, pie crust or choux pastry. If you’re on this website, you must like cooking! Well, cooking puff pastry, pie crust and choux pastry is another thing where cooking times are crucial. Translation in French: pâte feuilletée, pâte brisée, pâte à choux.
Puff pastry, Pie crust & Choux pastry
How do I cook pastry?
Baking puff pastry. Puff pastry is a laminated dough that is made by rolling layers of butter and flour together. This creates a flaky and buttery texture. You can either make your own, use a food processor or buy one that ready to cook (that’s what I prefer)
1. Preheat your oven at 400°F (200°C)
2. Unroll your puff pastry on parchment paper. Use a pie dish.
3. Use a fork to poke tiny holes in the puff pastry and add your preparation (you can use puff pastry to prepare quiches, pies…)
4. Cook for 40-45 minutes (25-30 minutes in a convection oven): this is the required cooking time for a quiche.
The cooking time for puff pastry will depend on the recipe you are using.
In general, if you cook the puff pastry on its own, you should add dry beans (so that it doesn’t rise) and bake it for 10-12 minutes at 400°F (200°C)
It is important to keep an eye on the pastry while it is baking to ensure it doesn’t burn.
Puff pastry can be used in many dishes such as pies, tarts, turnovers, beef Wellington…
Baking pie crust
Baking pie crust. Pie crust is also called shortcrust. Pie crust is the foundation of any great pie.
It is prepared by mixing flour, butter and cold water. You can either prepare your own or buy it ready to use in a store.
Once you’ve prepared the pie crust, it’s time to cook it. Here’s how:
1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
2. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/8-inch thickness. Transfer the dough to the pie dish. Press it into the bottom and sides of the dish, being careful not to stretch it.
3. Trim the excess dough around the edges of the pie dish. If you’re using ready made pie crust, just unrill it on the pie dish.
4. Use a fork to prick the bottom of the pie crust several times.
5. Bake the pie crust for 12-15 minutes, or until it’s lightly golden brown.
You can also add any preparation to the pie crust (that will change the cooking time : for instance for an apple pie, you’ll bake everything for 40 minutes)
Baking choux pastry
Baking choux pastry. Choux pastry is also known as pâte à choux. It is used to prepare cream puffs, profiteroles and éclairs for instance. To prepare choux pastry, you’ll need just a few simple ingredients: flour, water, butter, eggs, and a pinch of salt. Once you’ve piped your choux pastry, it’s time to cook it. Here’s how:
1. Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven (400°F or 200°C) and bake for 15, or until the pastry is puffed and golden brown.
2. Reduce the heat to 350°F (180°C) and bake for another 10, or until the pastry is dry and crisp.
3. Remove the pastry from the oven and let it cool completely.