Puff pastry

The French have the edge over us when it comes to easily available good-quality pastry doughs, and this is particularly true with puff pastry, since every market carries ready-to-use all-butter (the all-important words) puff pastry, already rolled into a circle just the right diameter and thickness for a tart crust. In the United States, I usually search out Dufour Pastry Kitchen’s all-butter puff pastry. That said, the puff pastry recipes here were tested with the most easily available brand, Pepperidge Farm. Pepperidge Farm pastry works beautifully — it’s very forgiving and you get a great rise — but, since it’s made with vegetable shortening, it lacks the rich flavor of butter.

Dorie Greenspan