puff pastry

Wide awake

I do believe I am in danger of becoming my mother. It’s not the worst thing. She’s pretty awesome, actually. But she’s got some crazy habits and sometimes socially unacceptable behavior.

What leads me to draw this conclusion? A lot of things, really. The first of which is that it’s muy tarde around these parts and I’m wide awake. That’s very late, for all of you non spanish speaking folk. Lately I’ve been falling asleep at a somewhat normal hour, and then getting up, wide awake, a few hours later. It’s really annoying when I have something to do the next day early, but for the most part I don’t mind it, because I get all kinds of stuff done! Like the puff pastry dough I just finished rolling out…

Mom sleeps opposite than the rest of us, has for quite some time now. She goes to bed around 4 in the afternoon, with no apologies, and wakes up around midnight. From here, she switches on the TV to her favorite channel, TVLAND, juices some carrots, has a conversation or two with her cat Kiki, and gets to work. Mom makes jewelry and sells it at a few different farmer’s markets. It’s a decent living, she gets to express herself through her artwork, and it keeps her busy. And boy! does she need to be busy…maybe that’s where I get it from.

I’ve got 3 sisters, 2 of whom also belong to my mother, the other is my stepsister, but we all grew up together, so as far as I’m concerned, she’s my sis too. Mom calls me her “starving artist”, which is hilarious considering my art form is food. Gretel and Andrea, my sisters, and her other daughters, are financially very stable and have what one might consider a “real job”. They’re both pretty amazing and have at one time also been starving artists, but I’m pretty sure they’re both finished starving now.

Another clue that I’m becoming my mother came to me about a year ago in the form of eyeliner. I was getting ready for work and couldn’t find my eyeliner sharpener. Already late, (unlike Mom, who is always startlingly early) I had no time to mess around with my usual attempt at whittling away at the eyeliner with a pairing knife. Mom was at my house and naturally always keeps eyeliner handy in her suitcase of a purse. So I asked if I could use some of hers.

Mom: “I have black, and I have Paris Blue. Ooooh, try the Paris Blue, honey. It’ll be great with those earrings.”
Me: “No, mom, it’s cool. I’ll just stick with the black.”
Mom: “NO! Try the blue, you’ll love it.” She said this with a stomp of the foot. She’s a stubborn woman, and there is no arguing with her.

No time to argue, I gave in very quickly. The woman was right…what can I say. Not only did I like it, but I got a tremendous amount of compliments that day. The next day I went out and bought my very own Paris Blue, and now pull it out when I’m feeling a little down on myself. There’s nothing like a tealish-blue swipe of eyeliner around the lash line to make a girl feel pretty. Go on, try it, no one’s looking.

Mom always told me as a kid not to eat pickles before bed, because they’ll give you bad dreams. This is advice I have trouble following. Perhaps it’s my rebellious nature, or just my fondness for a salty, crunchy snack before hitting the sack, but I can often be found standing over the sink, pickle juice dripping down my chin, in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep. If I run out of pickles, I’ll drink the juice. It can’t be good for you, but I love it. She’s right, the dreams are pretty weird, but that’s another story.

Lucky me, I’m getting tired now. Gonna try round 2 of sleeping for the eve, now that it’s 4 A.M., but first I’ll leave you with a recipe for insomniac Puff Pastry Dough. This recipe was adapted from The Culinary Institute of America’s Baking and Pastry book. It’s a straightforward recipe that I have adjusted ever so slightly to make the best puff I’ve ever worked with. Warning: Don’t do this if your house is hot…it will melt!!!

Puff Pastry Dough

makes 4 # 6 oz.

Dough

  • 14 oz. Bread flour
  • 3 oz. Cake flour
  • 6 oz. Butter, soft
  • 9 fl. oz. Water
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt

Roll In

  • 1 # 2 oz. Butter, pliable
  • 2 oz. Bread flour

For dough:

In a mixer with a dough hook on low speed: sift together the flours, blend in the butter until pea sized nuggets form. Combine water and salt, add all at once to the dough and continue to mix until smooth, about 3 minutes. Shape into a rough rectangle, transfer to a sheet pan lined with parchment, wrap and allow to rest under refrigeration for about 30 minutes or until cold.

To prepare the roll- in: Blend the butter and the flour on low speed with paddle attachment until smooth, about 2 minutes. Roll into a rectangle between parchment and chill until firm, but still pliable. Do not allow butter to get cold.

Roll dough into a large rectangle. Place the butter block on one side of the dough and fold the other half of the dough over the top. Lock in the butter by pressing down the edges of the dough firmly. Turn dough 90 degrees. Roll into large rectangle. Make a book fold or 4 fold by bringing each of the edges into the middle and then folding the dough one more time on top on top of itself, turn 90 degrees, rest in fridge 30 minutes. Make a total of four 4 folds, turning 90 degrees and resting between each roll. Rest 30 minutes before using.

To use:

Roll out dough to about 1/4″ thickness. From here it can be frozen, wrapped tightly or used in a variety of sweet and savory preparations. Bake at 375, time varies, depending on use.

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