How Much Does a Puff Pastry Cost?
A puff pastry is a light, flaky laminated dough that contains thin layers of butter in solid state at 20oC. In raw form, a puff pastry is a dough filled with butter and folded repeatedly and rolled out, which then puffs into light, crispy pastry once it bakes in the oven. As the dough bakes, the solid butter melts and creates little puff of air when the liquid in the butter begins to disperse, consequently allowing the layers to become light and airy.
Making a puff pastry is a simple process of wrapping a block of butter in simple dough, and repeatedly rolling it out and folding it over several times, increasing the number of layers with each fold. You only need to have enough patience to do it because the process is time-consuming and you have to make sure that the butter does not become too soft to squish out from those layers. Or, if you want to save yourself the time and trouble, you can simply purchase some at your local bakery or grocery store.
How much does it cost?
- A puff pastry that is ready to be baked can cost around $4 to $7 per 3-5 ounce box on average. The average three ounce box will include four to six pastries. To play it safe, plan on budgeting at least $1 per ounce when buying pre-made pastries.
- A ready rolled 6 sheets of Pampas Puff Pastry from Woolworthsonline.com retails for $4.
- Twenga.com offers a wide selection of puff pastry – from the 3-sheet 550-gram Pampas Butter Puff Pastry, which costs $0.80, to the all-butter ½ sheet Lecoq Medium Puff Pastry worth $73.18.
- Thekitchn.com created a cost comparison between a home-made puff pastry and a ready-to-bake Pepperidge Farm’s Frozen Puff Pastry sheets from the Peapod online grocery store. Here, a home-made puff pastry costs $2 or $0.13 per ounce, while the ready-to-bake version costs $4.69 or $0.27 per pastry.
What is going to be included?
- A puff pastry can come in many shapes and sizes croissants, doughnuts, turnovers, and sandwiches.
- Puff pastries that are ready to be baked come in various sizes, such as 3.5, 6, 14, or 16 ounces.
- The pastries that are ready to cook will only need to be baked. There will be instructions included how to prepare and cook them. Puff pastries will expand 6 to 8 times its original size.
- Pastries that are used as sandwiches or wraps for meals can include flavors such as fruit, crab, salmon, olives and other types of seafood. Pastries that do not have any sort of filling will come with a hollow center that is ready to be filled with a filling of your choice. This could include any type of salad such as tuna salad or even macaroni salad.
- Puff pastries that are intended for desserts can be made into doughnuts by simply filling the center with cream or other filling. If in the form of a turnover, the pastry will usually be filled with fruit filling, such as apple, cherry, or blueberry.
- The preparation and cooking time between a home-made and ready-to-bake puff pastry vary. A home-made pastry takes about 3½ hours or longer, while a ready-to-bake takes 30 minutes plus thawing time.
What are the extra costs?
- Creating a puff pastry on your own will need ingredients such as butter, flour, salt and lemon juice. Most often, the ingredients should not cost any more than $4 to $6. These will be able to make quite a few puff pastries, though, so it is much cheaper to make your own.
- Purchasing a puff pastry from an online bakery may not include the shipping costs.
Factors that influence the price:
- The price depends on the brand, quality, and the retailer shop from where you get your supplies of ingredients or ready-to-bake puff pastry.
- The filling used for the puff pastry will make a big difference. For example, a pastry fill with crab salad will cost a lot more than one filled with cream.
Tips to know:
- Home-made or traditional puff pastries are better tasting and richer in flavor because they do not involve the “commercial” element. It could be healthier, too, because you will not necessarily have to add preservatives. If creating your own, be sure to create extra so that you can freeze them for later.
- A puff pastry is sometimes called a water dough or détrempe.
Questions to ask
- Why does my puff pastry become soggy? Is there a way to prevent it?
- What is the best way to defrost a pastry?
How can I save money?
- If you are someone who is always running behind on time, buying a ready-made puff is the most convenient way to prepare. You just have to check online or shop around for better-priced puff pastry. Check online for coupons or even promotions at a local grocery store.
- If you have spare time, however, it would be a good idea to make puffs for yourself. As stated above, creating your own puff pasty can often cost less than $5. If you do not how to make your own pastry? The Post-Gazette.com has simple instructions on how to do so.
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