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Puff Pastry

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Puff pastry, while challenging to make, is a wonderful dough that yields light, buttery, flaky layers of shattering pastry. The layers are created by folding layers of butter between sheets of dough. When it bakes, the butter melts, releasing steam and making the dough puff up as the layers separate. This dough is great for making bar tarts, breakfast pastries, palmiers, and dozens of classic French confections.

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