Frequently Asked Questions

The experts at Pepperidge Farm answer some of your most frequently asked questions about Puff Pastry.

  • About Puff Pastry

    • What is Puff Pastry?

      Puff Pastry is a light, flaky pastry made by layering shortening and pastry dough, then rolling out and folding the dough repeatedly. This painstaking process yields a pastry made of dozens of layers. The pastry "puffs" when baked because the moisture in the butter creates steam between the layers, causing them to separate. Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry is ready to bake, so you can skip the work and still enjoy perfectly made golden, flaky pastry.

    • Can I prepare a recipe made with Puff Pastry ahead of time and bake it later?

      Yes, you can (with certain recipes). To simplify your day, you can prepare the recipe ahead of time, then bake as directed prior to serving.

    • Where can I find Puff Pastry, and what varieties are there?

      Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry can be found in your grocer’s freezer. There are three varieties that can be used as a base for any number of recipes: Puff Pastry Sheets, Shells and Cups. Think of them as a blank canvas and use your imagination to create whatever you like. Or, for a ready-made, crowd-pleasing dessert, try our warm, flaky Turnovers, available in chocolate, apple, raspberry, cherry and peach.

      You can fold and shape Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets into many interesting and delicious designs. You can roll up the pastry like a jelly roll to make a wrap, or create a "purse-shaped" bundle by brushing the edges of a square with water, folding edges to center on top of filling, twisting tightly to seal, then fanning out corners for a special creation. Puff Pastry Shells and Cups are perfect for quick creations — simply stuff them with savory or sweet ingredients for a delicious treat.

    • What are some easy ideas for creating dishes with Puff Pastry?

      Pastry Cut Outs: Cut pastry into squares or circles and bake. For main dishes, top with saucy entrees, such as Beef & Broccoli Stir-Fry. For desserts, top with cut-up fresh fruit, pie filling, or scoops of ice cream.

      Sweet Treats: Brush pastry with 1 beaten egg, and 1 tablespoon of water. Sprinkle with a cinnamon and sugar mixture. Cut pastry into strips, bake, and serve.

      Savory Bites: Brush pastry with 1 egg, beaten, and 1 tablespoon water. Sprinkle with herbs, cheese, and spices. Cut pastry into small shapes, bake, and serve. Use as snacks, croutons, or float in your favorite soup or chowder.

    • I thought Puff Pastry was only good for desserts. Other than sweets, what else can I use them with?

      One of the best features of Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry is versatility. It's great in appetizers like Nacho Cheese Bites or Parmesan Cheese Twists, in main courses such as Beef Wellington or Chicken Pot Pie in a Shell, as well as desserts like Easy Apple Strudel and Citrus Fruit Tart. See our Recipes page for other great recipes for any meal occasion.

    • Do you have fresh ideas for filling pastry shells with exciting ingredients for main courses or desserts?

      Desserts made with Puff Pastry Shells or Cups are simple when you use favorites such as chocolate, nuts, and fruit. Combine fresh fruits like kiwis and strawberries with fresh whipped cream, or fill Shells or Cups with ice cream and hot fudge for a new twist on a sundae. For an apple pie alternative, create quick mini tarts using Shells or Cups — try simple fillings including apples, cinnamon, sugar, and a touch of ginger.

      Main courses made with Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Shells are as easy as 1-2-3. Simply select a meat, like cubes of chicken or ham, combined with vegetables like mushrooms and asparagus, and top with cheese or prepared sauces. The possibilities are endless — just use a little imagination and your favorite ingredients. The Puff Pastry makes it special.

    • How do I bake Puff Pastry Sheets, Shells and Cups?

      Bake Puff Pastry sheets in a preheated oven. Dark glazed baking sheets may bake Puff Pastry faster, so you may need to adjust the bake time if necessary. About halfway through baking, peek into the oven to see how the pastry is baking.

      Always bake Puff Pastry Shells in a preheated 425° F oven. Bake Puff Pastry Cups in a preheated 400° F oven for 20 minutes. Do not bake either Shells or Cups in a microwave or toaster oven.

      See our Tips & Techniques page for more baking tips for Puff Pastry Sheets, Shells and Cups.

    • I'm not a culinary expert. Is Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry really easy to work with?

      Puff Pastry is just as easy to work with as refrigerated dough or pie crust dough, but the results are much more impressive and special because of the buttery, flaky layers of pastry.

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