Questions tagged [pastry]

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

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
2
votes
0answers
49 views

Can you add rice flour to pastries to make them flakier?

The goal with many pastries seems to be limiting gluten development, by reducing the amount of water (e.g. replacing water with vodka in pie doughs) or reducing the time that the dough is handled to ...
1
vote
2answers
61 views

What is the most effective method to prevent a soggy shortcrust quiche base?

I have seen two methods to counter this. One is the traditional way of pricking the base with a fork, then blind baking at 200C with weights etc. for 10 minutes, then giving an additional 5 minutes ...
1
vote
3answers
7k views

Can I “fill” a chicken pot pie 24 hours before cooking it?

I have made chicken pot pie filling. I was hoping to lay the pie pastry in the pie pan, fill it with the filling, lay the second pie pastry on top, and then refrigerate the raw pir in the fridge for a ...
1
vote
1answer
97 views

Any strategies or tips on how to make juice into creams for filling cakes?

So Custard powder and Custard are both expensive where I am from. My mom is looking for ways to do creams to put inside pastries. Currently, what I do is use Fresh Milk, melted butter and some ...
4
votes
1answer
113 views

What are the Purposes of the Types of Meringue that are used for Pastry?

i have seen a lot of recipes, which calls french meringue mostly in spongy cakes in the japanese cheesecake for example and other cake recipes, but for the decoration and filling of them are used ...
5
votes
2answers
87 views

How to thicken a sour cream-based pastry cream?

I did some research, but can't find the answer to my problem: I need to thicken the cream that I am making for my layered cake. The cream is made of sour cream and sweetened condensed milk. The cream, ...
9
votes
5answers
23k views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
168 views

creme patissiere too solid

I made a try of creme patissiere with 250 ml UHT milk at 1.5% fat (yes, hence I called it a try), two egg yolks, 22g corn starch, 70g sugar and vanilla. Direction as classic. Beat yolks with vanilla ...
6
votes
3answers
231 views

How to achieve a super leavened cake as the Pierre Herme ones?

I made several cakes in my life. I know the difference between different leavening agents. I know that low temperature tends to make flatter cakes, but I never could get this kind of shape. If I use a ...
26
votes
7answers
7k views

What to use instead of cling film to wrap pastry

I'm trying to stay away from single use plastics for the environment. The only kitchen thing I have not yet managed to find a substitute for is wrapping pastry in cling film to let it rest in the ...
1
vote
1answer
192 views

French (?) pastry on the cover of a book

Georges Lefebvre's "The French Revolution" has this lovely pastry on its cover (see below).Does anyone know what this is and how to make it?
8
votes
2answers
332 views

Why did my vegan croissants come out flat?

I tried to make vegan croissants with the following recipe: 120g water 15g wet yeast (I used 7g dried yeast) 250g bread flour 30g sugar 5g salt 50g butter (I used vegan margarine (stork?)) The pic ...
4
votes
0answers
79 views

Choux pastry, general questions with gluten free flour

I have a few questions regarding choux (cream puff pastry) and gluten free flour. After trying a few different recipes with a huge range of butter/ flour ratios, I settled with this one https://www....
8
votes
1answer
214 views

Can you make croissants with compound butter?

Has anyone ever tried making croissants (or leavened puff pastry) with compound butter (e.g. basil butter, cinnamon butter)? Are there any practical issues with this? Will particles in the butter ...
2
votes
1answer
186 views

Why are croissants brushed twice with egg glaze?

What is it about croissants that requires two coats of egg glaze? All the recipes for brioche buns for example just require one coat before baking. With croissants all the recipes require a coat ...
0
votes
2answers
68 views

Is boiling or pouring better for emulsifying chocolate ganache

I am making a recipe that calls for emulsifying solid chocolate with a heated milk/butter mixture. Most articles online say to pour the hot milk on to the chocolate. Wouldn't it, however, be easier ...
6
votes
4answers
11k views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
742 views

Eggless choux pastry recipe yields paper-thin top, gooey bottom

I'm trying to make eggless choux pastries for an egg-allergic friend (my eventual targets are croques-en-bouche and saint-honorés). I have experience with choux pastry, but I've never made an eggless ...
2
votes
1answer
104 views

How can I bake Cannelés more evenely with a big silicon pan?

I purchased this cannelés pan which lets me cooks a whopping 77 mini cannelés at once. I have tried it multiple times, with multiple recipes but no matter what I try, I have this result: The outer ...
4
votes
1answer
77 views

Can I make Jachnun in a Dutch oven?

Jachnun is prepared from dough which is rolled out thinly, brushed with clarified butter, rolled up and baked overnight. The preparation calls for a Jachnun pot. Trouble is, I don't own a Jachnun pot,...
0
votes
2answers
218 views

Is a flan a pastry?

Is a flan classified as pastry or does it just contain pastry? I've searched online without fruition.
5
votes
1answer
332 views

Can I make a sweet hot water crust pastry?

I’ve been making lots of Hand raised pies recently and I’m wondering if it’s possible to do a sweet hot water crust pastry. What I’m wanting to attempt is a Christmassy Hand raised mince pie. My ...
0
votes
2answers
162 views

Which sugar is used in pastry more often, white or brown? [closed]

Which sugar is used in pastry more often, white or brown? Which sugar provides more taste/flavor?
2
votes
1answer
2k views

Puff Pastry wet / gummy on the inside

I've been practicing puff pastry turnovers from scratch (doing the whole chill and turn method with 6 turns) and have had some issues. The first time I did it -- it turned out well. Was able to fill ...
4
votes
1answer
3k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
705 views

How to proof croissants in the hot weather?

I tried to cook croissants following a recipe. The whole process went smoothly, there was no butter melted and the yeast was still active. But when I proof the laminated dough, they wouldn't rise. I ...
6
votes
2answers
28k views

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), ...
2
votes
2answers
194 views

How do I pick up and move shortcrust pastry dough without breaking it?

Apologies if this is a bit of a newbie question! I have no problem with making, chilling, and rolling my pastry, but for the life of me I can never manage to pick up my pastry without it breaking ...
1
vote
0answers
506 views

Why are my beignets hollow?

Can anyone explain what's going wrong with my beignets? The first time I made them they were perfect. Since then they've come out completely hollow. Like just a shell with nothing at all inside. As ...
9
votes
3answers
42k views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
2k views

Why not blind bake with two pie plates?

Based on this question, I got to thinking about alternative ways to blind bake, especially since I always have issues with butter crusts slumping. One thing which occurred to me is: why not use two ...
0
votes
2answers
565 views

Oil substitution for butter in pastry recipe

I have just made a pastie in a pie dish using S.Burt's recipe Can I substitute olive oil for butter/shortening in pie crust?. It was really delicious but has no strength. I used rice oil and lite milk ...
6
votes
4answers
3k views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
164 views

How do I cook frozen pastry

I bought it from a farm shop (meadow fresh) as pictured. I know it goes in the oven. But what temperature or duration. Unfortunately it came with no instructions and I forgot to look for some when I ...
7
votes
5answers
176k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
18k views

Can I use icing sugar instead of caster sugar? Are they the same thing?

So there is a cupcake recipe I wanna make and it's my first time making it also one of my first time making any dessert like this. I got some icing sugar but the recipe asked for caster sugar. Are ...
4
votes
1answer
5k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
606 views

How can I fix hollow cream puffs?

I'm very proud of how my cream puffs turned out. I followed this recipe although I did NOT use any xanthan gum at all. I also substituted Earth Balance for butter. They rise beautifully and they're ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

Simple Puff Pastry Dough

So I have a recipe for simple pastry dough that takes four cups of flour, 1/4 cup oil, 1/4 cup vinegar and water little by little - after combining, we open the dough up and spread margarine on every ...
2
votes
2answers
616 views

Dough blender vs dough cutter?

I'm regularly baking pies again and I might want to get into pastry a bit more and looking for tools to help me out. I have seen about a dozen videos about creating the perfect pastry dough and I ...
3
votes
0answers
118 views

Creating some flakiness inside a Belgian Liege waffle

I have a pretty good basic recipe for Belgian Liege waffles. Its as follows: 1 egg, 40g butter, 5g salt, 20g sugar, 250g flour, 6g dry yeast, 90ml milk, once the ingredients are combined and the dough ...
5
votes
1answer
15k views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
674 views

Is there ever a reason not to use baking beads when blind baking?

Whenever I'm making a recipe that calls for blind baking pastry, they always provide alternatives for ceramic baking beads (such as rice) in case you don't own any. I do own them, so I always use them,...
3
votes
1answer
4k views

How does altering the fat-to-flour ratio affect the pastry?

Typical pastry recipes(pate sucre and pate brisee) follow the 2:1 ratio for flour and butter, other recipes (American pie crust, German shortcrust) can have a lower ratio (1.5, 1.29). How does the ...
2
votes
2answers
305 views

Name of this Italian pastry?

Yesterday I bought this pastry filled with pistachio cream at Ponte di Castelvecchio in Verona, Italy. While it was very delicious, I forgot its name. Can somebody help?
6
votes
3answers
1k views

How to line a tart ring for a perfect tart crust

I am trying to line a tart ring to get 90 degrees corners and straight edges. My method, until now, has always been to chill the dough properly, roll it out and gently roll it on the ring, straighten ...
1
vote
1answer
523 views

Can I freeze (unbaked) pate a choux?

Can I keep it in the freezer without issue for days? Weeks? Months?
0
votes
1answer
444 views

Is this the way to make good pies?

I'm working in a small bakery shop and my boss is new to the business and have no passion in baking at all. He only learned it from his dad few years ago and his dad learned from other people too. I ...
1
vote
0answers
455 views

How to keep profiteroles fresh

I am having family over for dinner soon, and would like to make profiteroles for dessert. I will, however, be busy during the daytime and will only have an hour or so before people arrive for dinner, ...
10
votes
4answers
37k views

Choux pastry (Chocolate eclairs) doesn't rise

Last time I tried to make Chocolate eclairs (similar to cream puffs), the choux pastry just sat in the oven and basically fried. It didn't rise/grow and so I couldn't hollow out the shells. Any ...