For some people, “traditional puff pastry” is something you buy in the frozen aisle of the grocery store. For others it’s something that takes research, time, effort and planning to accomplish — folding butter and stiff dough over a course of hours. But for Thermomix fans there is an easy alternative: a rough puff pastry recipe “cheat” that harnesses the power of the world’s best kitchen machine to chop ice into tiny crystals. (It’s still a hands-on labor of love, just a little easier now.)
Puff pastry on a whim!
Watch the video to see how ice and butter commingle with flour and salt to create tiny beads of dough for pockets of steam. Voila! Now we can serve delightfully seductive vol-au-vent canapés on a whim — to anyone at any time, without having to go to the store for frozen pastry. When a recipe is this easy there’s plenty of room for testing and taste trials and oooh… just think of all the fun fillings you can create.
- 90 g (3.2 oz) ice cubes
- 180 g (6.3 oz) frozen unsalted butter, in pieces (to cut frozen butter, first heat knife blade in hot water.)
- 200 g (7 oz) flour
- ½ tsp. salt
- 2 Tbsp water
- Put ice cubes, butter, flour and salt into Thermomix in the order listed. Chop 7 seconds/speed 7. Mix 5 seconds/REVERSE/speed 5. Knead 3 min/intermittent dough speed while adding the water.
- As shown in the video, compress into a bundle. Wrap in silicone mat or parchment paper and refrigerate for about 30 minutes before proceeding.
- Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas. 6 (oven must be fully preheated). Proceed by rolling dough, dusting with flour as needed and folding repeatedly as shown in the video. Working swiftly, roll out so it makes a sheet of about 1 cm. in thickness. Cut into desired shapes or prepare vol-au-vents for filling. Brush with egg wash, milk or diluted cream. Bake for about 30 minutes. (For the first 15 minutes they will look soft and 'wet' but do not be discouraged as they will firm up and become crisp in the second half of baking.) Keep watch during the last few minutes and remove from oven when golden. (You can also remove from the oven after about 15 minutes to add a filling and return to finish baking.)
- Helpful tools for rolling puff pastry in a Thermomix kitchen (these are not necessary, but really nice to have): silicone baking mat, highly rated non-stick rolling pin, puff pastry cutters for vol-au-vents
- Watch the video for more instructions about technique.
- see how Tenina uses this pastry for Brie and Leek Pastries (yum!)