Rough Puff

Rough puff is buttery and flaky, but maybe not quite as flaky as puff pastry. This dough is not sweet and can be paired with something savory or sweet—think tarts, hand pies, palmiers, etc.

low angle looking at a plate stacked with a few golden brown rough puffs
Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 30 mins
1 pound rough puff


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed

  • ½ cup cold water


  1. Place flour and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add butter and toss with your fingertips until evenly coated with flour. Add water to bowl. Mix on low speed until the dough forms a shaggy mass, about 45 seconds.

  2. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until butter is firm but not brittle, about 20 minutes.

  3. Transfer dough to a floured work surface and roll into a 1/2-inch-thick rectangle that is about 10 1/2 x 6 inches. Fold one third of the longer side of the dough over the center third of dough. Fold the final third over the center (like you would fold a letter). Tightly wrap folded dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes. Repeat this process of rolling, folding and refrigerating 4 more times, turning the dough 90 degrees each time before rolling.

  4. After completing the final fold, wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour or up to 2 days.

Cook's Note:

If cutting the rough puff into other shapes, be sure to chill before cutting. It will retain its shape better when cutting.

You can freeze the dough in a resealable bag for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

317 Calories
23g Fat
24g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 317
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 30%
Saturated Fat 15g 73%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 124mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 4g
Potassium 40mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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