Does puff pastry need to proof?

Bill F
  • Posted by: Bill F
  • April 28, 2012
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Bill F. April 28, 2012
I am making Napoleons
 
boulangere April 28, 2012
I wish I were having breakfast at your house! Just be sure to dock the sheet of pastry well before you bake it so it puffs evenly.
 
boulangere April 28, 2012
Puff pastry must not proof. First, as mentioned, because it contains no yeast, it is entirely steam leavened. For that reason, if you allow it to sit at room temp for any amount of time, its fats begin to break down and lose water. Conversely, it needs to be refrigerated for at least 30 minutes after its final shaping before being baked. And because it is steam leavened, it needs to be baked at a high temperature - 425 degrees or higher. What are you making?
 
Reiney April 28, 2012
No - There's no yeast in puff pastry so there's no need to proof.

Puff pastry should go straight from the fridge to the oven, as the cold butter turning to steam ASAP creates the layers.
 
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