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nleow Jan 25, 2008 07:48 PM

Hi,
Can anyone direct me to a place that would sell puff pastry? The puff pastry sold at Shaws and Stop and shop is already cut into small pieces and/or is slightly sweetened, however, I am after larger squares in order to make a large family pie.

I am close in Brookline, and can only really travel by the T or the bus.
Thanks!

  1. heathermb Jan 25, 2008 07:59 PM

    Whole Foods usually has it in sheets in the frozen section...

    1. BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jan 26, 2008 08:52 AM

      Bazaar on Cambridge Street has a few different types of puff pastry, so I assume the one on Beacon Street probably does as well. Also, I made a steak and mushroom pie just last week using puff pastry sheets from Trader Joe's that were about 10" square before I rolled them out.

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      1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
        macca Jan 26, 2008 09:18 AM

        I picked up some at Trader Joes today. Am going to use them for chicken pie. Bought two boxes, as I had a request for pigs in a blanket as one of the apps at our Superbowl party. Bought the tiny franks, and will cut the pastry into small squares. The kids love them!

      2. almansa Jan 26, 2008 09:29 AM

        WFM carries DuFour Pastry Kitchen puff pastry. It is unsweetened and an excellent product.

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          Scruffy The Cat Jan 26, 2008 04:50 PM

          Trader Joe's has some excellent frozen puff pastry (with good ingredients) for about $4.99/pkg. Whole Foods' puff pastry is $9.99/pkg, so you can understand why, when I found it at TJs, I grabbed 6 packages. I'll make my own puff pastry, but it's great to have the frozen stuff around when I'm lazy. Pepperidge Farm puff pastry also has a lot of "garbage" ingredients & preservatives, fwiw.

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            cookboat55 Jan 26, 2008 07:04 PM

            I make my own puff pastry when I have time, but it does freeze very well and the DuFour is the only way to go. It's the only one I've found that's all butter. The Pepperidge Farm stuff puffs nicely but is made with shortening, and the flavor really, really suffers. DuFour at Whole Foods is expensive, but it's the closest thing to making it from scratch.

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              Scruffy The Cat Jan 27, 2008 05:30 AM

              The TJ's puff pastry ingredients are : flour, butter, salt, sugar, water

              As good as DuFour, just half the price. That's why when I found it at TJs I went a little loony and bought 6 packages. I wanted them to think it was very popular so they would keep it in stock. :-p

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                Spike Jan 27, 2008 10:06 AM

                Scruffy: which trader joe's did you find the puff pastry in? I couldn't find it at the Copley and Coolidge Corner ones :-P

                I ended up trying the Dufour stuff (awesome :-) and the "natural" stuff that Whole Foods carries which is $3. Of course, the "natural" stuff needs you to butter each sheet which I didn't realize until I had cooked it so it was crunchy dried sheets when cooked :-(

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                  Scruffy The Cat Jan 27, 2008 01:11 PM

                  I got mine at the West Newton TJs. I was unaware of a DuFour alternative at WF, though. I'll have to look for that. Even though homemade puff pastry isn't hard, it's enough of a time sink that I like to have some on hand. Well, I like to have a LOT on hand, for those puff pastry emergencies we all have. ;-)

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                    bee Jan 27, 2008 04:50 PM

                    I've seen it at TJs in Cambridge.

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                    BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jan 27, 2008 01:59 PM

                    I bought some on Monday at the Coolidge Corner TJ's -- it's hard to find, and in fact I didn't find it: Allstonian did, after I'd looked and not seen it.

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                      Scruffy The Cat Jan 27, 2008 04:37 PM

                      I hope you bought 6 packages so they think it's popular and keep stocking it... ;-)

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                chezchristine Jan 26, 2008 07:49 PM

                Savenor's also carries DuFour puff.

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                  treb Jan 27, 2008 06:13 AM

                  Any Market Basket has them.

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                    heatherfields Jan 27, 2008 11:02 AM

                    I just bought some at whole foods today for 9.99; found it in the frozen section.

                    1. cassoulady Jan 28, 2008 06:02 AM

                      Dufour is a great product as others have mentioned. You can easily roll it out a little thinner if you need a larger piece and I think that is hard with some other brands. They sell it as Whole Foods and also at Fromaggio.

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                        nleow Jan 29, 2008 05:52 PM

                        Thanks for the suggestions.
                        I ended up getting the Dufour brand from Whole Foods. It is a nice puff pastry - but not enough in the package!!!

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                          joebelt Jan 30, 2008 03:31 AM

                          at that price what a bargain!

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