Pastry dough is made of fat, flour and a thin liquid. It is typically light and flaky with a tender inside.

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Is “krapfens” commonly used to designate donuts?

"Krapfen" is a German word which means "donuts". I wonder if the term "krapfens" is commonly used in English to refer to donuts or if it may be pretty odd. I have such doubt because it sounds similar ...
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What is “pastry butter”?

I was recently watching a television show where a reference was made to "pastry butter". This was in the context of making croissants saying that normal butter was incorrect type to use. After ...
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Pastry not “sticking” to beef Wellington

I've cooked a Wellington a couple of times and whilst I've been pleased with the overall outcome on each occasion the pastry comes away when serving. This is purely for aesthetic reasons. I use a 1kg ...
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Rolling shop-bought pastry without flour [duplicate]

Last night I got a block of frozen shortcrust pastry out of the freezer as I'm planning on making a pie tonight. It has just occurred to me that to roll it out, I'll need flour, and I don't have any!...
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Non-flaky non-crumble pie crust

For some reason everone seems to love the standard pie crusts and want to get it either flaky or crumbly. For me, both are equivalent to "dry and floury, and give me the same shills down my spine as ...
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Butter Alternatives for Baking Pastry

I'm dairy intolerant but I really love to bake. I've found success by substituting butter with either lard or coconut oil. The other night, I made a short pastry dough that called for 13 tablespoons ...
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Cake Projector Alternatives

My wife is making a cake for some kid, and she asked me to come up with something brilliant to project an image of the Paw Patrol dog (like this guy) she needs to draw on the cake, but we don't have a ...
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Glazing bread pre-baking

I was at a restaurant for brunch this past weekend and had a pastry basket that included, among other things, a dried fruit focaccia. It was much lighter than a typical, savory focaccia, almost like a ...
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Red Bean Cream puffs timing and filling

I want to make this recipe for a luncheon tomorrow: http://eatnorth.com/eat-north/karine-moulins-red-bean-cream-puffs I have three concerns. First, the local Asian grocery store was closed early ...
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Temperature controlled work surface?

I made croissants yesterday, but couldn't be bothered to keep returning the pastry to the fridge in order to keep it cool, so the butter became too soft. While the end result was still pretty amazing,...
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How can I keep samosa pastry crispy longer?

I am making samosa (a triangular savoury pastry fried in ghee or oil, containing spiced vegetables or meat). To make outer cover I am making dough using the following: All purpose flour (100 gram) ...
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Reduce butter when not using ground almonds in shortcrust pastry?

I'm using a tart recipe that gives the following quantities for the shortcrust pastry: 185 g plain flour 60 g icing sugar 125 g butter 1 egg yolk 35 ground almonds I found that the almonds don't ...
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How do I fix my dough after I did not activate the yeast properly?

This is my first time making anything using yeast, but I decided to try making Dominique Ansel's At-Home Cronut recipe. Everything was going fine, but I realized that I had bought rapid-rise yeast ...
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Why Does a Lot of Pastry Have an Orange Flavor?

At several different bakeries I've gone to over time, I have gotten pastries from danishes to cinnamon rolls and so on. Sometimes those pastries (the pastry dough itself) have had a slight orange ...
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Why do my pastries come out flat when I use butter instead of margarine?

I am making Danish puff and also mini cream puffs. When I make them with butter, they are coming out thinner and flatter, spreading out. they should be high and round. It calls for margarine (which I ...
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What is the best sugar for sweet short crust pastry?

I am reading an American Pastry & Pies cookbook and they say the sugar granules in sweet short crust pastry stabilize it and recommend using granulated sugar. So does this mean the bigger the ...
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How can I prevent pastry becoming soggy when it has a filling and is stored overnight?

I want to make sausage rolls the night before and store them in the fridge before cooking. I am worried that the sausage meat will make the pastry go soggy. How can I prevent this?
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Low Hassle, Knead-Free Doughs

I wanted to try creating a type of curry filled pastry, but I am curious if there are any good doughs I could utilize that don't need the large waiting times/kneading/rising that most bread recipes ...
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Where can I find food-grade beeswax to make Canelé?

I am looking for food-grade beeswax to make Canelé. On Amazon, all I can seem to find is "cosmetic grade" which is not necessarily meant for food usage.
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Potato and onion used in cheese & onion pasties

In online recipes of cheese & onion pasties, they call for raw potato and onion mixed with grated cheddar cheese. I am wondering if the chopped potatoes and onions cook properly in the oven, don't ...
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What techniques or tricks make soft, flaky pastries instead of leathery ones?

These are my first experiences with the lovely pastry, puff pastry. I loved it so much that I'd bake more and more of it everyday. The only problem I encountered is that my pastries had a tough ...
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Substitute apricot with some other fruit in this Sunny-Side-Up Apricot Pastries recipe

This recipe (scroll down to the bottom of the page) calls for apricot to use on the topping of the pastries. What fruit do you recommend to use that will be as good, along with its jam for the glaze? ...
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Is yogurt plus milk considered buttermilk?

I've read somewhere (it was a vanilla cake recipe, IIRC) that 3/4 cup yogurt plus 1/4 milk is buttermilk. A recipe (buttermilk biscuits) calls for buttermilk and I'd like to know if I can use this ...
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Substitute for pastry flour

The recipe calls for pastry flour which I can't find here. I would like a substitution which results exactly the same dough as they show in the video.
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Giant meringue French pastry - what are these called?

A few months ago we were visiting Paris, and in Montmartre, there were several pastry shoppes with large meringues. And by large, I mean the size of someone's head, or an American football. They were ...
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cooking pastry for bottom of pie using cold filling

Sometimes my meat pies do not cook properly on the bottom. I usually put the filling in cold rather than hot. Should I cook the bottom pastry blind before adding filling and top.
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Impastata Ricotta for Cannoli

I have been trying to make homemade cannoli filling, but I can not find Impastata Ricotta anywhere. I have tried using regular Ricotta, leaving it to drain in a cheesecloth overnight and then food ...
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Is Dextrose the same as Atomized Glucose Powder?

I have been making some yummy sorbets and ice creams. Many recipes call for atomized glucose powder. However, 'atomized glucose powder' is not that readily available. 'Dextrose', however, is ...
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What is the name of this Italian pastry?

Italian pastry made at Christmas. Ingredients: Eggs Flour Whiskey Sugar Vanilla Shortening Then deep fried, and covered with powdered sugar are called "CRUSTELLIS" OR "CRUSTOLI". Instead of ...
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Will these mince pies still be good and/or safe to consume?

I've discovered some home made mince pies (frozen after production, un-cooked) which were made by following Delia's Traditional Mince Pie recipe this time last year (lard & butter based pastry and ...
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What is the effect of adding eggs to a pastry dough?

As I understand it, making dough is really the process of hydrating flour so that a gluten network can be formed and the dough structure emerges. Pastry dough usually adds butter in order both to ...
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Can I make choux pastry with an electric hob?

I would like to make choux pastry, and the recipe I have emphasises bringing the pan quickly to a boil after the butter has melted into the water at the beginning of the procedure. I only have ...
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How to make my croissants to grow?

I tried to cook croissants following a recipe I found on internet, but although I used yeast they didn't grow at all once in the oven. Is there any secret to prepare the dough?
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Is it possible to make transparent / translucent pastry?

I'm looking for something that works like pastry (malleable before baking, rigid after baking, mild unobtrusive flavour) that is transparent or translucent. The idea is to use for topping savoury ...
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How does fat affect gluten development in strudel/phyllo dough?

I'd like to prepare a strudel/phyllo dough from scratch, and I have noticed that the recipe calls for about 10%-12% of olive oil mixed into the strudel dough. I have learnt that oil and/or fat ...
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choux pastry, keep mixing while waiting for the roux to cool?

I made some choux pastry last night, however it didn't come out quite right for what could be various reasons. After making the recipe, I came on here loking for some tips and came across this: ...
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Adjusting whipped cream to hold its shape longer?

How can I adjust a whipped cream recipe so that it holds together longer? I envision a cross between whipped cream and a light airy frosting. The whipped cream will also have different flavorings ...
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How to get puff pastry to cook right through

I often use bought puff pastry to make a topping for a chicken pie. However, I tend to find that the pastry is fully cooked on the top but the underside of the pastry remains almost raw. How can I ...
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Why does my lemon tart filling sometimes curdle?

My recipe, which is wonderful when it goes well is: grated zest and juice of 2 lemons 142 mL double cream 6 oz castor sugar 4 large eggs Whisk all ingredients together, then pour ...
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What is the name of this Venetian pastry?

I was recently in Venice and relaxed my vegan lifestyle to enjoy a local pastry. It was green, pistachio flavored and filled with almonds. It looked something like this (mine did not have chocolate): ...
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How to get my croissant flakier and bigger? Is it possible to get a hollow inside?

I am slightly new to the puff pastry process and have gotten the layers and and folding. I use a three fold, and the temperature remains at a cool degree so the butter does not melt or seep out of the ...
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Why was my Danish pastry dough so wet?

I followed this recipe for a quick "Danish" dough, at http://www.ezrapoundcake.com/archives/11051; scroll down to food processor dough. The ingredients were: 1/4 CUP WARM WATER 1/2 CUP MILK, ...
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Spring rolls splitting when frozen

I was wondering if anyone knew why my spring rolls split when I freeze them? They are a larger spring roll, filled with veges, noodles & meat. I wrap them in 2 sheets of pastry and I put them in a ...
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What is the name for a round flaky pastry that has a chocolate cream filling in the middle

I'm trying to make a dessert I had in Palermo, Sicily. I wanted to find a recipe for it online, but I can't remember the name of it now. I know it's fairly common, but googling didn't help. It's ...
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How do I make a flaky croissant?

I found this nice vegan croissant recipe: http://www.sabjimatablog.com/2011/05/17/recipe-vegan-croissants/ I am quite happy with the end result, but I wish I can bake a flakier pastry. I have a ...
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How can you achieve the glazed top in a mille-feuille?

A mille-feuille (or tompouce) is a pastry, consisting of layers of puff pastry with pastry cream in-between (see this if you don't know it). If you buy it in a pastry store, I find that the glazed ...
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How do I get the filling inside pâte à choux?

How do I get the filling inside a pâte à choux (cream puff)? Do I have to cut a hole in the baked pastry form? Also, is there a way to get the filling inside without a pastry bag? Using a pastry ...
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Troubleshooting a soggy baklava with torn sheets

I've attempted to make Baklava just once in my life and the results were pretty disasterous. Some issues I have questions about when making the Baklava: How to handle the Phyllos dough sheets? ...
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How can I make a stable olive oil and vanilla ganache?

I've just made some vanilla macaron shells that I plan to fill with an olive oil and vanilla ganache. How should I go about doing this? Should I just make it like a regular ganache or will it just ...
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Should you freeze pastry lukewarm? If so, why?

I have a book about baking in general. In the chapter 'Preserving pastry in the freezer' is the following sentence (I translated it for practical reasons): Pastry should be frozen as fresh as ...