3 Ways to Thaw Puff Pastry

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3 Ways to Thaw Puff Pastry
3 Ways to Thaw Puff Pastry

Puff pastry is great for making many pastry and savory recipes and can be made at home or purchased ready-made. If you decide to make a recipe from scratch, it's very likely that the dough you have at home is in the freezer. See below how to thaw before using and remember to use it still cold for best results.


Method 1 of 3: Using the microwave

Thaw Puff Pastries Quickly Step 1

Step 1. Take a piece of dough from the rolling pin

Use the microwave if you need to defrost the dough pieces as quickly as possible. If it's folding easily, there's no need to microwave it or wait for it to defrost. The dough sheet should be cool to the touch when you use it. If it comes to room temperature or exceeds it, put it in the fridge and wait for it to cool.

Do not mess with pasta that has not yet completely defrosted, as the leaf may fall apart

Step 2. Wrap the sheet of dough in paper towels

Take a clean, dry sheet of paper towels and place the dough on top. Fold the paper over the dough. If the paper is too small to hold the entire length of the piece of dough, pick up more sheets until you can cover everything and fold over the top.

Thaw Puff Pastries Quickly Step 3

Step 3. Microwave the piece of dough on high power for 30 seconds

Place the dough on a paper towel in the microwave dish. Set to "high" power and set for 15 seconds. Once the time is up, turn the dough with paper and add another 15 seconds.

If the dough isn't folding easily after coming out of the microwave, add another five seconds on each side. Keep doing this until the dough starts to fold easily

Method 2 of 3: Thawing in Refrigerator

Step 1. Remove the dough pieces from the packaging

Thawing in the refrigerator is the most time-consuming method, but the dough will come out in perfect condition. The cooler also keeps the dough cool, so you can use it right away. See if the puff pastry needs to be thawed by doing the fold test. If it folds easily, it is not necessary to thaw. The puff pastry must be prepared cold before putting it in the oven.

If the dough is folding easily but is also warm to the touch, refrigerate to cool rather than thaw

Step 2. Separate the leaves and place them on plates

Place each sheet of dough on a separate plate. Do not stack two or more sheets on top of each other trying to save space, as this will not let them thaw properly.

Step 3. Cover dishes with PVC film

Open the roll of PVC film and stretch over the top, placing the ends of the plastic down on the plate. The underside of the plate will hold the film in place while the dough thaws in the fridge.

Step 4. Place the puff pastry in the refrigerator for three to four hours

Once the dishes are packed with dough and covered in PVC film, it's time to put them in the fridge. Leave for three hours and then see if you can fold the dough easily.

  • If you are ready to use the dough, proceed with the recipe immediately.
  • If you feel like the dough is still frozen, refrigerate for another hour.
  • After four hours, see if the dough is folding easily. It should already be thawed and ready to use after this period.

Method 3 of 3: Thawing at Room Temperature

Thaw Puff Pastries Quickly Step 8

Step 1. Take the puff pastry out of the package

Defrosting at room temperature is the easiest way to do this, but it can take time. Take a look at the dough to see if it needs to be thawed. If it's easy to fold and cool, it's ready to use. If it's warm to the touch, put it in the fridge and let it cool.

Step 2. Place each sheet of dough on a separate plate

Put the pasta on different plates and spread them out on the kitchen table or counter. Do not stack the dough or it will not thaw completely or correctly.

Step 3. Wait 40 minutes

The dough will need about 40 minutes to thaw completely. If not, wait another 10 minutes before testing again to see if it has thawed.

If it has thawed but looks like it's at room temperature, refrigerate for 10 minutes to cool


  • It is better to use cold puff pastry. While you wait for it to defrost, place the utensils you are going to use on it inside the refrigerator so that they cool down. This improves the quality of the dough when making savory or baked sweets.
  • When the dough is thawed, work quickly to keep it from reaching room temperature.

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