Is it possible to blind bake pastry? I am trying out new custard tarts and want to try blind baking puff pastry. Is this possible.
Yes, is possible, and not uncommon. You may wish to dock it to prevent excessive rising.
Some pastries are made with puff pastry that is already baked separately, such as the famous Napolean or Mille-Feuille . For example, in this recipe (which uses commercial puff pastry), the instructions are:
I cannot endorse the plain brown paper idea, but the method is fairly standard.
Here is another example, from King Arthur flour, of croissants du patisserie, which is essentially puff pastry baked as a croissant (as opposed to croissants du boulanger, the baker's croissants, which are yeast raised as well as a laminated pastry).