Puff pastry is a common ingredient in French recipes that many culinary classes use for desserts, like tarts, and for viennoiseries like croissants. However, this needs to be prepared in a certain way. While it might be easy to stick it into the microwave to let it heat up, this isn't the best thing to do because it won't allow this to be heated up evenly. If you're interested in learning more about how to properly create this essential part of the French cuisine, keep reading. Below is more information about this delicate pastry crust and how you can make it so it's baked to perfection.
Known as pâte feuilletée in French, this is a very flaky and delicate dough that can be used in both savory and sweet dishes. It's similar to a pie crust but is much more light and doesn't rise as it only consists of ingredients like flour, salt, and butter. The dough creates its many flaky layers thanks to a large amount of this dairy product kneaded into it. Because of this, it practically melts in your mouth when you eat it.
The recipe for this dough is made up of 3 intricate parts:
This is the first part and is basically just the main dough before the dairy is added to it.
Beurrage is the block of butter that's put into the détrempe. It's usually wrapped around by it and then rolled out with a rolling pin to help incorporate them both together.
This part is where the two parts above are kneaded together so the crust has flaky layers. You'll usually have to roll out the dough in a rectangle and keep folding it in half again and again so everything mixes well together. When you're done, you can measure it out and cut it up depending on your dish.
There are plenty of French dishes that use this mouthwatering crust with them like:
Saumon en Croûte.
Galette des Rois.
In a culinary class, you'll usually learn that this crust is almost always put into the oven. This is because this device can reach higher temperatures to ensure that the crust is warmed up evenly and has a crispy golden texture on the top of it. However, you can place it in microwave sometimes if you want to thaw it out, but it won't get its iconic brown and crispy texture which can end up ruining your dish. These devices only send electromagnetic waves to warm the contents inside them up, not cook them. Ovens, on the other hand, use hot air and often have fans in them to ensure the air is distributed evenly to help the contents inside become more flavorful.
While microwaves can be used in some instances for a recipe, it isn't the best way to make it. If you're looking for the perfect crust, you'll want to stick it into the oven instead.
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