Finding easy puff pastry recipes was just made simpler because listed below are some of the greatest puff pastry recipes to enjoy. With a wide variety of recipes below, you’re sure to find a few to add to your to-do list!
Before we get to the awesome list of recipes, let’s quickly cover some basic information that I know you’re dying to learn, right? We will start with what puff pastry is because I realize that not everyone knows this or has used it before so it feels like a good place to start!
What’s puff pastry?
Puff pastry is a dough that’s very buttery and packed with layers. It’s a combination of fats (butter) with dough that and when it’s baked, expands and “puffs” up, creating an airy pastry that is simply incredible.
How is puff pastry made?
It’s made through a long and boring process called lamination. While it’s not difficult, it does take a lot of time and effort to hand-make puff pastry dough as it requires 100+ layers. That’s a lot of folding and rolling!
Thankfully grocery stores carry it premade in the freezer or deli sections making our lives much simpler!
What is puff pastry used for?
Puff pastry can be used for a very wide range of recipes and pastries. You can get a good idea of the versatility by simply looking at the easy puff pastry recipes below. For everything from your breakfast danishes to savory appetizers and sweet desserts, puff pastry is there.
It even makes an incredible crust for chicken pot pie! You could be surprised at how many awesome recipes there are for using puff pastry beyond actual pastries!
Basic tips for proper puff pastry storage
Can puff pastry be frozen?
Yes, puff pastry can be frozen and is often found in the freezer section of stores. While most recipes will ask that you thaw the dough enough to make it workable, some may even ask that you leave it completely frozen and use it that way.
When frozen, puff pastry can last up to several months in the freezer before “expiring.” The worst thing about older frozen puff pastry is that it risks freezer burn and may not rise properly as a result, but it’s still technically usable.
Can puff pastry be refrozen?
This is a big one. Let’s say you buy it frozen from the store and place it in the fridge to thaw only to later change your mind, do you refreeze the puff pastry or do you have to do toss it out if it isn’t used?
The truth is that you can refreeze it, if you thawed it in the fridge or if it wasn’t exposed to room temperature for longer than 2 hours. Basic food safety stipulates that you should make sure foods aren’t left above 40F degrees for more than 2 hours, and this rule applies to puff pastry as well.
So, as long as you kept the dough chilled, you can safely refreeze until you’re ready to use! This is great news, right? But don’t worry, if you leave it in the fridge, it’s good for up to 3 days so you still have some time to find an easy puff pastry recipe to use it for if you don’t want to wait too long.
Where do you find puff pastry in the store?
Whether you’re trying to find puff pastry at a big grocery chain or a local market, most places hold the puff pastry in the freezer section. If you check in the freezer section near the frozen baked goods and pies, you’re more than likely to find a box of puff pastry ready to go in your cart.
What brand of puff pastry is best?
Obviously homemade is better, but that’s because everything homemade tastes better! Of course, that said, if you’re like me and don’t always have the time to make such a luxurious pastry by hand, store-bought is a great option.
Selecting a brand of puff pastry is a personal choice and completely up to you. I’ve tried a few common brands and so far haven’t been able to notice a difference between any of them. Simply select a box and try it out with an easy puff pastry recipe, then find more recipes and reasons to try other brands.
See if you can spot any differences between them and find which one works for you. You’ll answer your own burning questions and enjoy some great food in the process. It’s a win-win.
So now that you know more about puff pastry dough I’m sure that you’ve no doubt gotten more excited to make some delicious food, right? I know I have!
So without further ado, I’d like to present these incredible puff pastry recipes that are perfect for any occasion!
Looking for more great Puff Pastry Recipes?
Puff Pastry Cheese Danish
A puff pastry danish is a delicious and simple treat that’s perfect for breakfast or dessert. With soft and flaky puff pastry topped with cream cheese and blueberries, you can’t help but to love it!
Goat Cheese + Jam Tarts
Goat cheese and jam tarts are super easy to prepare and a delicious appetizer for any occasion. Whip them up in just a few minutes!
Goat Cheese + Honey Tarts
Goat cheese tarts with puff pastry shells, drizzled in honey and fresh thyme are a perfect 4 ingredient recipe that you’re going to love!
Lemon and Berry Cheesecake Puffs
Flaky, golden-brown pastries topped with a creamy lemon cheesecake, refreshing lemon curd, and fresh berries! Dusted with powdered sugar and topped with lemon zest, these simple puffs are a perfect sweet and sassy dessert!
Ham and Cheese Puff Pastry
Salty cured ham, gooey cheese, caramelized onions and a creamy mustard sauce is all you need to make this incredible easy and delectable Ham and Cheese Puff Pastry. Plus, it’s so easy to make you can almost do it in your sleep!
Air Fryer Berry Toaster Strudles
Air Fryer Toaster Strudels are filled with a simple homemade berry jam and use store-bought pastry sheets. They are topped with a delicious glaze after baking. You won’t be able to eat just one!
Churro Cheesecake Bites
Light and flaky, these puff pastry churro cheesecake bites are a fabulous and easy combo of two favorite desserts!
Beer Brats in Blankets and Smoked Gouda Fondue
Savory bratwurst, simmered in dark German lager, wrapped in puff pastry, and served with a rich and smooth Smoked Gouda Fondue.
Ground Beef Pot Pie Galette
This ground beef pot pie with puff pastry is a delicious and comforting take on the classic recipe. Made with a buttery and flakey pastry crust, fresh vegetables, and a flavorful beer sauce.
Easy Chocolate Bear Claws
These Chocolate Bear Claws are super easy to make with puff pastry, chocolate chips and sliced almonds. They’ll be the perfect breakfast treat any day of the week.
Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels
Spicy buffalo chicken dip wrapped up in buttery, flaky puff pastry makes the perfect appetizer! These Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels are incredibly easy to make, only take 5 ingredients, and are the perfect finger food to serve as an appetizer for parties or on game day!
Apple Turnover Recipe
Enjoy apple turnovers the way they do in the UK, with fresh cream! Or save the calories and eat them plain, both ways are absolutely delectable!
Spicy Italian Lasagna-Inspired Sausage Slab Pie
Easy to make, this simple spicy Italian slab pie is packed with favorite Italian ingredients that will make your whole family swoon.
Asparagus Puff Pastry Tart with Ricotta
Perfect as an appetizer or paired with a salad for a light meal this asparagus puff pastry tart with ricotta is sure to impress.
Quesitos are probably the most popular Puerto Rican pastry. A sweet cream cheese filling is wrapped in puff pastry and finished with a simple glaze.
Apple Rose Tarts with Puff Pastry
A delicious dessert perfect for impressing guests. While it does take a little extra time to make, they are a show-stopper!
Puff Pastry Pear Tartlets
These Puff Pastry Pear Tartlets are a delicious, quick and easy Winter dessert recipe. Combining Puff Pastry, a homemade Pear Compote and fresh Pears slices, these Mini Pear Tarts are perfect for breakfast, afternoon tea or a sweet snack!
Puff Pastry Mushroom Tart
This mushroom tart is so flavorful, crispy, and cheesy your guests will go crazy over it. It can be baked as a whole tart or small tartlets.
What a great list of recipes to make with puff pastry! I often want to get out of the rut so these are great, thank you!
Thanks so much, Christina!