Making puff pastry is not a small feat and especially not for a group of young girls between the ages of 8-12. Today we tackled this dough and the kids had a blast making what most adults are too afraid to tackle.
They mixed flour, cold butter, salt and ice water together with a pastry knife and then turned it out onto the table. At first the dough was a bit crumbly, but it came together quite nicely. They started rolling and folding and making a beautiful laminated dough!
We then wrapped the puff pastry in plastic and placed it in the fridge to chill for 1 hour. Then we proceeded to learn about knife skills and sliced apple finely for our next task: Apple Roses!
After the dough was chilled and the apples were heated to the point that they were soft with rolled the dough out, placed the apples on it and rolled them up.
Here is a little video the kids shot of themselves making them:
Here is one sweet little unbaked rose! :)
Here the girls made a production line: rolling out dough, cutting it into strips, filling it with apple slices and rolling it up to shape them like roses.
The happy chatter was so lovely and the smell of apples and fresh puff pastry was pretty awesome!
And here is the finished product! I have to say I think they did great and they were super yummy!
It was a wonderful day at Bake Austin and I hope you come bake with us sometime!
Before founding Bake Austin, Pascal Simon earned her degree as a Pastry Chef from the prestigious Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts. A mother of two, Pascal is passionate about cultivating the next generation of bakers and welcomes children from all schooling backgrounds, whether public, private or homeschooled.