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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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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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 to do with short crust pastry [closed]

So I was on holiday and left my friend in the house. He left a couple of days before I got back, I told him to make sure everything was switched off, unfortunately he turned off the freezer. In ...
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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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What are some tips for making Baklava?

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 ...
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Can I bake a quiche with a flaky crust?

I want to bake a chard quiche. Normally, I would use short pastry for the crust, but I want to practice my flaky pastry skills. Still, I plan to bake it in the normal quiche form. It is white glazed ...
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How can I fix rips in a puff pastry sheet?

Sometimes, a sheet of puff pastry that I'm working on will tear or rip. Sometimes this happens when I'm unfolding the sheet of puff pastry, and sometimes it happens when I'm shaping the pastry around ...
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How to bake lokum rolls well?

These rolls are made by rolling short pastry dough thin (0.5 cm/0.2 inch), cutting it in small squares (ca. 5 cm / 2 inches) and rolling a small log of turkish delight (1x1x4 cm, 0.5x0.5x1.5 inches) ...
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Is it possible to make kataifi dough (by yourself or starting from filo dough)?

I really like the thready structure in this dish. But when I look for recipes, they all ask for a box of kataifi dough. I haven't found this in regular supermarkets (I haven't been to greek stores), ...
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What is the maximal thickness for choux pastry?

I recently made puff balls. I made pâte a choux, but instead of baking it as small spheres (profiteroles-like) or piping it for eclaires, I shaped it into 3 cm big balls and baked it. They puffed ...
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Sausage roll pastry - how do I achieve a smooth shiny effect?

I came across this on the net and would love to be able to make them for a party next week. ...
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Should syrup or pastry be cooled when pouring on to Baklava?

When making Baklava, should you let the syrup or pastry cool before pouring the syrup over pastry?
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Glazing pastry - Egg white or Milk?

What are the benefits of using egg white vs milk when glazing different kinds of pastry? - For example what should you use for Puff Pastry and Plain Pastry? Does using either glaze give a different ...
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Why is my pastry blistering in the microwave?

I am trying to make my own shortcrust pastry, but don't have a blender or food mixer. I also don't have a gas or electric oven and am using the convection bake function of a microwave. I mix 1 1/4 ...
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How can I prevent pear juice from soaking into pastry dough?

I'm baking a cheesecake with pieces of pears, using rich shortcrust pastry. The problem is that, during the baking, the pear juice is soaking the pastry. How could I avoid that?
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How to make soft Gulab Jamuns?

I use Gulab Jamun mix of the Gits company. http://www.gitsfood.com/gulabjamun/ The problem is that even on low fire the balls get brown from out side, but don't get cooked "properly" within. When I ...
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Which kind of cream do I use for creme brulee?

I'm following this recipe to make cream brulee: http://www.masterchef.com.au/creme-brulee.htm I'm a little confused over the correct type of cream to use. They list "thickened cream" but because this ...
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How do I stop my pastry shrinking?

So I line a flan tin with shortcut pastry. It's quite a nice deep pan (sides are maybe 2 to 3 cm) so it looks like there's going to be plenty of room for a filling. But after 20 mins baking blind, I ...
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Only recipe I can find for Anacini says “as much as plain flour as the mixture will need”

http://tuscanity.com/?p=96 What does that mean - they say "until the mixture becomes an easy workable smooth dough" - but how do you know if you haven't added enough or added too much? Do you have a ...
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What ingredient adds the sweetness on Croissants in Europe?

I'm travelling in Europe right now, and in France, Spain, and Italy I've had croissants and similar pastries. Unlike the ones I've had in America, these have a bit of sweetness to them - my intuition ...
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How do I make the filling in pain aux raisins / danish pastry

I'm making pain aux raisin, but would like some help making the jelly like filling that goes in between. The recipe here describes the filling as frangipane, yet when I make it, it is not as jelly ...