Sourdough Puff Pastry

In December I took the time out to make this sourdough puff pastry. It had a slightly fermented scent from the sourdough. But really it was no different than making ordinary puff pastry. I know store bought is easier, but I much prefer to make my own. I used this to make a large pasteis de natas, which was not as successful as I would have hoped. The pastry however puffed perfectly, which is all I could hope for.

Sourdough Puff Pastry
Sourdough Puff Pastry
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About 15 years ago I went to call on a customer to follow up on their outstanding payment. He moaned about how his customers had gone on holiday rather than pay their accounts. This had put him into a cash flow crisis, and eventually he closed his business. I doubt this was the main cause, but I feel it was the straw that broke the camel’s back. What I fail to understand is how anyone can go away on holiday, knowing they owe other people money? It does not matter whether this is in a personal or business capacity. But I think it is worse when you fail to pay your suppliers but you manage to go away and enjoy yourself. I had a conversation the other day with someone who told me how much their annual membership costs for access to a sports and spa facility.

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They are able to go to the gym, and make use of all facilities anytime they want to. On top of that, they get discounted rates for meals, treatments and the golf course. The amount for the family is not a lot when you amortise it over the year. But in my mind should not be a priority when other, necessary bills, are yet to be paid. I really think that school fees, rent and bills due for items already purchased should be paid first. I know that it sounds easy to say that from the outside. But to me it shows goodwill, and good intent. No-one wants to see someone else sunbathing when that person owes them money! Do you pay your bills before you splurge on a holiday?

Sourdough Puff Pastry


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Sourdough Puff Pastry

This two day recipe is a labour of love with great results
Recipe Category: Baking
Makes enough for: 1 portion puff pastry
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 230 g salted butter, divided
  • 225 g flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 100 mls cold water
  • 60 g fed sourdough starter
  • 1.25 mls fine salt


Day 1:

  • Weigh out 30g of the butter and melt in the microwave
  • Place the flour, water, sourdough starter and salt into a stand mixing bowl
  • Add the melted butter and use a dough hook to bring the pastry together
  • Cover and place into the fridge overnight
  • Take the remaining butter and cut into 4 equally sized pieces
  • Place each slice next to each other onto a sheet of baking paper to form a square
  • Place another sheet of baking paper on top and roll out to form a 20cm x 15cm rectangle
  • Place this into the fridge overnight

Day 2:

  • Take the pastry and the butter out of the fridge
  • Place the pastry onto a working surface that has been lightly dusted with flour, and lightly dust the top of your pastry
  • Roll out to form a 20cm x 30cm rectangle, with the shorter width at the bottom
  • Place the butter along the bottom edge of the pastry
  • Fold the top third of the pastry downwards, over the butter
  • Fold the bottom third of the pastry upwards to create an envelope fold
    Sourdough Puff Pastry
  • Seal the edges and turn the pastry so that the shorter width is again at the bottom
  • Gently push your rolling pin into the dough to get the butter moving
  • Roll out to form a 20cm x 30cm rectangle and fold the top third of the pastry downwards and the bottom third of the pastry upwards
  • Then place into the fridge for 20 minutes (This is your first turn)
  • Remove from the fridge, dust your pastry if necessary and with the shorter width at the bottom roll out to form a 20cm x 30cm rectangle
  • Fold the top third of the pastry downwards and the bottom third of the pastry upwards (This is your second turn)
  • Place into the fridge for 20 minutes, and repeat the process until you have completed 6 turns in total
  • Once you have laminated the pastry place it into the fridge for 2 hours to chill before using
  • If you have made enough to freeze your pastry, seal it properly and place into the freezer and use within 4 months, thawing in the fridge before rolling it out to use

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6 thoughts on “Sourdough Puff Pastry

  1. HI Tandy, I most certainly do pay my bills before anything else, including school fees for the year. This sort of behaviour is irresponsible and very prevalent among today’s entitled people who think their wants should come before their needs.

  2. I definitely pay my bills first! I hate owing any money. we don’t use our credit cards these days either. I admire your stamina in making this pastry tandy. I don’t have much patience I’m afraid 🙂

  3. Your puff pastry looks perfect Tandy. I’ve never made the puff, but I should give this one a try as I like to bake with sourdough. I don’t like carrying too much money around, so we use the card often. Direct Debit for paying bills works well too.

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