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Baking Chocolate Puffs - How to make Rough Puff Pastry Dough

If you're a fan of melt in your mouth, crispy, flaky, puff pastry desserts and want to learn how to make your very own, check out this how-to video of Lauren, owner of Mamalou Bakeshop creating her Chocolate Puffs. Tucked inside the fast paced time lapse video is a recipe for rough puff pastry that can be used for several of your favorite desserts that need puff pastry or keep watching and see how to add chocolate chips and fold them inside the pastry to make your very own Chocolate Puff!

Recipe for 12 Chocolate Puffs


4 oz unsalted butter, grated and frozen

6 oz unsalted butter, grated and frozen 

6 oz unsalted butter, grated and frozen 

24 oz all purpose flour that has been kept in the freezer for a couple of hours

Start with 1 cup ice cold water 

1.5 tsp salt

3/4 tsp lemon or lime juice (or white vinegar)

approximately 8 tablespoons of semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 egg

demerara or turbinado sugar 


  1. Combine 4oz frozen butter, flour, salt and combine into crumble
  2. Add lemon juice, then water a little at a time until firm dough forms
  3. Knead 1 minute
  4. Let rest in fridge 5 minutes
  5. Roll rested dough to 9 inch wide by 18 inch rectangle
  6. Add 6 oz to ⅔ of the rectangle
  7. Fold the unbuttered part of the dough over the center third of butter. Then fold the left most ⅓ of dough over to create an envelope/brochure
  8. Turn dough 90 degrees and roll out to another rectangle. 
  9. Add remaining 6 oz butter and repeat folding steps.
  10. Turn, roll, and fold 3 more times. 
  11. Wrap in plastic wrap and leave in fridge at least 2 hours before using
  12. Preheat oven to 375F
  13. Cut dough in half
  14. Roll first half out to 15 x12 inches
  15. Cut dough to 6 rectangles 5 x 6 inches 
  16. Place 1 ts Chocolate Chips in a line to the left of the center of the dough
  17. Fold the left side over the chocolate - Make sure to create a tight seam.
  18. Now  place 1 ts chocolate chips to the right of the center
  19. Fold the right side over
  20. Flip dough so seam is down
  21. Do the same with the other half of dough
  22. Add egg wash (1 egg, beaten with 1 TB water) to top of dough
  23. Sprinkle demerara sugar (or raw sugar or turbinado sugar) on top of egg wash
  24. Bake for 20 minutes, then switch pans in oven
  25. Bake for 10 minutes more