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Puff Pastry, Where to Buy in Seattle

fooey Nov 28, 2007 01:12 PM

Does anyone know where I can buy puff pastry in Seattle. I don't want frozen puff pastry, but fresh, all-butter pastry.

I'm sure local bakeries or patisseries (pastry shops) must sell it, but not sure who to call or what to ask for.

I imagine if I ask for a couple of sheets, they'll tell me to get lost. :)

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    Italian Woman Nov 28, 2007 01:47 PM

    Pacific Imports has puff pastry, but I think it's frozen.

    Just go ahead and call your favorite bakery, say you're looking for fresh all-butter pastry and you wonder if they know where to find it. I'm sure they would be glad to advise.

    Hope you make something good!

    1. paulj Nov 28, 2007 03:34 PM

      I believe Trader Joe's carries a frozen all butter puff pastry (at least they did a few months ago). Whole Foods also has a (more expansive) one.

      I suppose a bakery could sell you some fresh, IF they make it for their own use. But they would either have to have some left over from the day's baking, or intentionally set some aside for customers like you. It's a bit like asking them to sell you a few pounds of unbaked bread dough.

      I wonder if freezing affects the quality at all.


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      1. re: paulj
        Lauren Nov 29, 2007 09:06 AM

        I had purchased a very nice french all butter puff pastry at WF in the past. I went to buy it there a couple of weeks ago - they told me they no longer carry it. All they had was SOY puff pastry. WTF?????

        I hate that store sometimes.

        On the other hand, Metropolitan Market carries it. I love that store!

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        oliveoyl Nov 28, 2007 06:41 PM

        I've made it a few times & honestly it's not that hard ... good luck finding fresh & let us know if you do!

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        1. re: oliveoyl
          fooey Dec 1, 2007 12:53 PM

          I have up and made it myself. You're right, it's not as hard as it's rumored to be, but it is a challenge and takes a lot of time.

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          mrnelso Nov 28, 2007 06:54 PM

          I come here to learn, so please forgive if I am ignorant, but my impression has been that the critical factor in successful puff-pastry is that it be kept as cold as possible, to prevent the little tiny bits of butter that have been incorporated into the dough from melting. This is why they will tell you to get lost. Frozen, it seems to me is absolutely the best, perhaps the only, way to get puff pastry from the point of manufacture to your home kitchen. Please correct me... (and Big John's PFI does sell all-butter puff pastry - frozen)

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          1. re: mrnelso
            Gualtier Malde Nov 29, 2007 11:35 AM

            I agree with you. All of the cooking TV shows seem to use it, including the old Julia and Jacques ones. You let it warm just enough to open it without breaking it, and lay it out and gently roll down the seam where it was folded, and you're good to go.

            I suppose if you were all ready to work that refrigerated product from a good place would be fine, but I certainly would take a chilled cooler to carry it home.

            1. re: mrnelso
              jenn Nov 29, 2007 03:45 PM

              i was thinking the same thing. As long as you use a good quality frozen product and remember to give yourself enough time for it to completely thaw before you use it, I'd think that would work fine.

              Otherwise, I'd just make it myself.

              Is there a particular reason you require fresh versus frozen?

              1. re: jenn
                fooey Dec 1, 2007 12:55 PM

                No, not really, and now that everyone has commented on the fact that it probably would melt, I feel rather foolish for asking. I ended up making some myself. It was fun, challenging, but fun.

              2. re: mrnelso
                mrnelso Nov 29, 2007 06:42 PM

                Oh, and Big John (PFI) is a supplier to delaurenti's. so it would not surprise me to learn that delaurenti buys it frozen and puts it in the refrigerated retail case.

                1. re: mrnelso
                  fooey Dec 1, 2007 12:57 PM

                  Here's a link to Big John's: http://amasci.com/pfi/

                  I haven't heard of this place before, but will certainly check it out.

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                SeattleuPersian Nov 28, 2007 07:22 PM

                Hey...I have bought puff pastry cold, but not really frozen at DeLaurenti and I used it to make a beautiful baked brie appetizer. It was quite wonderful...hope this helps.

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                1. re: SeattleuPersian
                  fooey Dec 1, 2007 12:58 PM

                  I will check here as well. Thank you.


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