I baked Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Shells according to what I thought were the directions. Temperature set at 425 degrees. I brushed the top with egg wash -- and only the top. When they baked, there were a beautiful brown, but only 1 rose like the picture on the box.

The others were beautiful golden brown, but either flat or lop-sided. They were cooked all the way through -- just not puffed up into a shell.

I put the pastry in the oven after I had thawed them in the refrigerator overnight.

What is my problem. Why did only one of the shells rise??

Please Please help.....

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    I wrote an answer, then realized the product you are discussing is not sheets of puff pastry, but a preformed product. You might want to upload a picture if you can of what went wrong so people can help. Pepperidge Farms may also have a number on the box to call with usage questions....
    – SAJ14SAJ
    Feb 4, 2013 at 15:25

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The Pepperidge Farm site offers some tips for baking related to the rise:

  • Always preheat your oven for a minimum of 15-20 minutes before baking, because Puff Pastry depends on even heat to rise and puff. Place pastries 1 inch apart.

  • If you want a flaky thin and crispy pastry that's not very puffy, prick the unbaked Puff Pastry all over with a fork, which lets steam escape while baking.

  • To create a tart with an extra puffy crust: take a knife and score two lines around the edge, then prick the area inside this border with a fork.

I would begin by verifying that these tips were observed. Also, I would verify that your oven bakes consistently (i.e. no hot/cold spots). Preheating can be very helpful in resolving this. Also, you can put in a pizza stone or other heat regulating product, and monitor the temperature with a probe thermometer in water in different areas of the oven.


My mother made these for years, and I make them now, and we NEVER thaw them. We always cook them from a frozen state, and they come out fine. I've found that the only time they don't rise properly is when they're old, so check the expiration/best by date.


If your fridge is cold then overnight may not have been long enough, and it could be that some were still frozen. I'd say that was the most likely culprit.

  • I think the pastry shells didnt need to be thawed prior to cooking. Pastry sheets do on the other hand.
    – user31231
    Dec 25, 2014 at 19:04

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