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May 19, 2012 12:29 AM

Dufour Puff Pastry is expensive!

I paid $9.99 for a package of Dufour puff pastry. I know Dufour is made with pure butter, but I was taken aback at the price for a 14-ounce package of what is basically flour and butter. I've always used Pepperidge Farm pastry since that was what my local market carried. For what I paid I do hope there is a big difference between the two brands.

Is $9.99 a reasonable price? What does it go for in your neck of the woods?

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  1. When Trader Joe's has it in stock, I stock up what I can. It's seasonal, though I keep asking them to stock it year round. I don't like Pepperidge Farm either. I can't remember Dufour prices but remember it was expensive enough that it was a rare treat. Trader Joes is about $5 for two sheets, and only contains what I'd use in puff pastry.

    My biggest complaint is that it's on the sweet side.

    1. Yes, that is a reasonable price. The wholesale prices on flour and butter have soared. Their product, made in small batches by New Yorkers who need to pay a lot for living there, is made the way puff pastry should be made, with no shortcuts. Have you ever made it from scratch? It's practically impossible for an inexperienced baker. Pepperidge Farm has several other ingredients, as I recall, which don't belong in real puff pastry. I trust that you will taste the difference.

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      1. re: pitterpatter

        Yes, I have made puff pastry from scratch and it's quite an ordeal, and hardly worth it for the home cook (at least this home cook). So I guess the way to look at it is the price is a good trade-off to avoid the effort of home made.