Wondering what to make with puff pastry? Turns out, there are plenty of options for using puff pastry to make desserts, and they’re all insanely delicious.
Julia Child once said, “When you have mastered puff pastry you will find it such a satisfying and splendid accomplishment that you will bless yourself for every moment you spent learning the techniques.” These recipe inspirations will get you fired up to make puff pastry so that you can recreate them at home. The Craftsy course Perfect Puff Pastry can help you on your journey, and that’s where you can find our go-to puff pastry recipe and techniques.
What to make with puff pastry: 8 tasty ideas
1. Puff pastry Danish
Using a traditional puff pastry, you can configure the dough into delicate twists with a filled center. Whether it’s filled with fruit, chocolate or cream cheese, these delights have the form of a Danish, but the crispy crunch of a puff pastry creation.
Also known as palmiers or elephant ears, these spiraling sweets are made by spreading a buttery cinnamon-sugar mixture atop puff pastry and then rolling it in two directions to form pastries with twin spirals. They’re sweet, crunchy and crazy addictive.
It doesn’t get much simpler than puff pastry turnovers! Simply fill a square with preserves or jam, fold it over into a triangle, bake, drizzle with a little glaze and enjoy the sweet taste of breakfast perfection.
4. Wow-worthy cakes
Looking for a showoff dessert? Look no further than this show-stopping joconde imprimé, which features layers of puff pastry and cream encased in a delicate sponge cake tht acts like a jacket, holding the delicious fillings in. Ooh la la!
5. Modern pastries
Puff pastry can add texture and act as a sturdy backdrop for decadent dessert toppings. This modern take on a gateau St. Honoré features techniques from Gesine Bullock-Prado’s puff pastry and choux pastry classes. It includes a puff pastry base, which is beautifully topped with piped pastry cream, cream-filled choux pastries and elegantly applied caramel.
Puff pastry figures prominently into Napoleons, which are made by alternating layers of puff pastry with pastry cream, then topping it off with a glaze, sometimes featuring marbled chocolate. Sliced into clean rectangles or squares, these pastries are as pretty as they are delicious.
7. Pie crust or tart shell
It doesn’t get much easier than this: Swap puff pastry for the pie or tart shell in your favorite recipe. The texture of puff pastry makes for a supremely flaky crust. The texture will make your favorite recipe taste brand new again.
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8. Cream horns
By wrapping puff pastry dough around cone-shaped molds and then baking, you create beautiful, unicorn horn-shaped pastries. Pipe them full of pastry cream for a beautiful dessert that’s equally creamy and crunchy.
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