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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

American Butter vs. European Butter

U.S Butter vs. European Butter

U.S Butter vs. European Butter

Butter was butter.  Cream was churned and separated into butter and buttermilk.  Whilst it's miles nonetheless made that way, wherein in the international it comes from makes a difference, both in taste and its capacity to make laminated doughs upward push dramatically.  The puff pastry above started out out as a three/eight inch rectangle and rose to a dramatic three inches.

For this take a look at, i used land o lakes american butter and kerry gold irish butter.  I couldn’t discover plugra in my place.  Both of the butters had been unsalted.
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Method
 the puff pastry dough, which we will get into inside the coming weeks is made with the identical method because the croissant.  The butter is reduce into small pieces and frozen.  The detrempe is made and partly frozen.  They're then reduce collectively and a chain of turns finishes the dough and then it's miles placed to rest before shaping.

The puff pastries had been made at the identical day in as close a test as i ought to do. I was in an air conditioned room with  enthusiasts going, one overhead and one ground fan. They have been made and rolled out in brief succession for two double turns.  After resting and chilling them for approximately an hour, i gave them  extra turns, wrapped and marked them and left them inside the fridge for 3 days.

Kerry gold unsalted butter (made in eire, taken into consideration ecu butter): the butter includes 82% butterfat. The yellow coloration was very deep  golden yellow. It is softer than american butter.  The side of the bundle states:  “cultured pasteurized cream”.

It went collectively the same within the processor however it is a piece greater hard to roll because it softened quick although it changed into rolled on a marble pinnacle with a marble rolling pin. The second set of  turns observed it particularly difficult to roll without the butter smearing at the table.  Partial freezing among folds might assist here.

Land ‘o lakes unsalted butter (made in the usa): american butters, by using order of the usda must incorporate a minimum of eighty% butterfat – which is what most of them include. There can be some local butters that include extra, however i desired to test with a countrywide brand without problems available. The aspect of the package states:  “candy cream with natural flavorings”.  Not certain what “natural flavorings”  manner.

The butter changed into greater company which makes sense as there's extra water in it and much less fat to melt. It changed into simpler to roll out and it did no longer smear on the table. It become an simpler pastry to work with and that i had no troubles rolling out.

Flour used for the puff pastry
 the unique plan become to use my general pastry flour made with 2/3 all motive flour and 1/three cake flour.  Then i watched a segment of certainly one of my favored shows, “the incredible british bake off” with paul hollywood (i clearly can’t agree with that is his final call with him being english, but whatever.)  he mentioned using robust flour, read bread flour,  for puff pastry on one of the segments.
 So i made puff pastry the use of my pastry flour version and the bread flour version. Each of the variations featured the land o lakes and the kerry gold.  The difference in top changed into dramatic.

I rolled every of the four pieces of puff pastry to three/eight inch.  Appearance how a lot greater yellow the kerry gold is.  They do no longer use annato to color their unsalted butter as manufacturers in america place allowed through regulation to do.

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Baking
 i double panned to prevent the bottom from getting too brown or burning over the lengthy baking time.  Due to the fact the puff pastry was pretty thick, i commenced it at 425°f for 15 minutes to provide it an preliminary burst of warmth to get the water becoming steam.  I then diminished the temperature to 350°f and baked it for a further 25 minutes protecting the top loosely with foil before it browned an excessive amount of.
The bottoms have been the same shade as the tops.
U.S Butter vs. European Butter  ,  Butter  recipes



When baked, the best one measured 3 inches.  Pretty a rise i'd say.
U.S Butter vs. European Butter  ,  Butter  recipes

From the left:  pastry flour with kerry gold, bread flour with kerry gold, bread flour with land o lakes and pastry flour with land o lakes.  Had the one with pastry flour no longer tipped over i suppose it'd were the equal size because the bread flour.  The distinction in top became the kerry gold butter.

I think the bread flour become a bit greater sturdy without being tough.  As a end result, i'm going to be switching to bread flour for my laminated doughs.  I already use bread flour in my pate a chou pastry because of its power.

Thanks paul!

Flavor smart – the kerry gold changed into superior.  So in spite of it being a softer butter, i'm able to sincerely placed it in the freezer to company it up greater often.

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