How to Make Pastries

Pastry is a general term used for a rich, unleavened dough made with flour, fat (butter, margarine, or lard), and a little water. The term pastry is also used to refer to sweet baked items, such as Danish pastries, cream puffs, and sweet rolls.

Pie pastry is mostly used to make pie crusts, but can also be used for sweet or savory turnovers. Puff pastry is an especially rich pastry prepared by layering pastry dough with bits of butter. When baked, the moisture in the butter creates steam, causing the dough to separate into hundreds of paper-thin, flaky layers.

No matter what you call them, pastries are delicious. In this article, we'll show you how to make pastries with easy step-by-step instructions. We'll start with the basics on pastry dough on the next page.

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