Puff Pastry Recipe Ideas

I’ve rounded up my top puff pastry recipe ideas to sink your teeth in to. This time of year I love baking and baking with puff pastry is one of my favourite ingredients to use. The warm, buttery pastry mixed with either sweet or savoury fillings makes my mouth water. I’ve included a mix of everything from recipes using leftover puff pastry to sweet and savoury dishes.

Below I’ve rounded up my favourite recipes using puff pastry from excellent bakers covering a range of sweet, savoury, child-friendly bakes of course those all-important Christmas party food and snacks.


Top Questions

What can be made from puff pastry?
What is puff pastry commonly used for?
How do you use ready rolled puff pastry?
Is puff pastry the same as croissant?
Do I need to cook puff pastry before adding filling?
How do you keep puff pastry crisp after baking?
What should I brush puff pastry with?
What temperature should you bake puff pastry?
Can I use butter instead of egg wash?

Christmas puff pastry recipes

Mince Pies – Feast Glorious Feast

Packed with traditional fruity mincemeat and topped with sugar-crusted star-shaped lids, my easy pie-making method not only minimises waste but bakes up to look simply stunning

Puff Pastry Snowflake

This Nutella Puff Pastry Snowflake is a beautiful and absolutely delicious show-stopper of a Christmas puff pastry dessert.

Butternut, Stilton & leak tart – Kat’s veg Kitchen

This Butternut Squash, Leek and Stilton Tart is a delicious option for a weeknight meal. Using ready-made pastry makes this tart even more simple to put together.

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What can be made from puff pastry?

There are so many sweet and savoury things that can be made from puff pastry. My favourite thing to make from puff pastry is sausage rolls! But you can make sweet chocolate desserts, pies or even a homemade tomato tart.

What is puff pastry commonly used for?

Puff pastry is most commonly used for light savoury snacks, like sausage rolls or cinnamon swirls. Puff pastry can be commonly used for sweet treats as well.

Sweet Puff Pastry Recipe Ideas

Cranberry Puff Pastry Swirls

The cranberry twists couldn’t be easier to make. You all know how much I love flaky puff pastry and the sharp cranberries pair perfectly. The buttery puff pastry in these cranberry puff pastry rolls is next level.

Farmersgirl Kitchen – Puff Pastry Strawberry Tart

Make these individual desserts with ready-made puff pastry, then fill the pastry cases with creamy custard and top with sweet strawberries.

Strawberry Turnovers by Our Happy Mess

Buttery, flaky strawberry turnovers are simple to make with store-bought puff pastry. These fresh strawberry pastries are drizzled with a simple vanilla glaze for a delicious dessert or snack

How do you use ready rolled puff pastry?

Ready rolled puff pastry can be used the same as you would use homemade puff pastry, you just simply lay it out, as if you had just rolled your homemade pastry and then follow the recipe as normal. It’s really easy to use ready rolled pastry and helps make your bakes quicker on preparation time.

Is puff pastry the same as croissant?

No, puff pastry is slightly drier than the pastry used for croissants and other sweet french pastries which have a higher butter content. The two are very similar though.

Savoury Puff Pastry Recipe Ideas

Asparagus & Ricotta Tart by Recipes Made Easy

Asparagus has a short season here in the UK, it runs from the end of April to the end of June. Whenever I see it in the shops it signals that summer is on its way. I’ve paired it with creamy ricotta, sweet peas and fresh mint in this vegetarian puff pastry tart.

Tomato Puff Pastry Tart by Sew White

The puff pastry tomato and mozzarella tart are perfect for using up all your fresh home-grown tomatoes! Serve with a few fresh basil leaves to really add some extra aroma and taste to the finished tomato tart.

Puff Pastry Chilli Cheese and Pineapple by J Cooking Odyssey

Upgrade your cheese and pineapple toasties by making these chilli cheese and pineapple puffs in the air fryer instead! They’re the perfect vegetarian starter or canape that will be ready within minutes and easily made ahead.

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What temperature should you bake puff pastry?

You bake puff pastry at the temperature your recipe dictates as each recipe will be different. Usually, you should bake your puff pastry at 180 degrees Celsius as this ensures it cooks through thoroughly and doesn’t burn before it’s fully cooked.

Can I use butter instead of egg wash?

You can use a little melted butter instead of an egg wash for your puff pastry. You can also use cream, milk or for a vegan egg wash, use vegetable oil or any flavourless oil.

Leftover Puff Pastry Recipes

Mincemeat Pinwheels

If you love mince pies or you’re looking for ideas with what to do with a leftover jar of mincemeat, then you need this puff pastry mincemeat pinwheels recipe.

Mexican Cheese Twists by Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen

 Bring the flavours of Mexico to your party or picnic with these easy to make Mexican cheese twists. This recipe is really family friendly too and perfect to gets the kids to help make and eat.

Cinnamon Swirls

Puff pastry cinnamon swirls are quick to make and the results are delicious. Perfect for a sugary snack, as a party nibble or even as part of an afternoon tea.

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Puff Pastry Pies and Tarts

Turkey and Chorizo Pot Pie by Recipes Made Easy

This quick and easy Turkey and Chorizo Pot Pie uses leftover turkey (or chicken) to make an ideal post-Christmas dinner. The chorizo adds lots of flavours to really liven up your taste buds.

Chicken, leak and Mushroom Pie by Foodle Club

Creamy chicken, leek and mushroom pie is one of those perfect comfort meals that everyone loves. Tender chunks of chicken, with sweet leeks and tasty mushrooms, swimming in a creamy sauce and topped with crispy puff pastry

Salmon Wellington by Little Sunny Kitchen

Salmon Wellington or Salmon en Croute is a savoury salmon pie where salmon is properly seasoned, then placed over a bed of creamy spinach and wrapped in puff pastry. 

Do I need to cook puff pastry before adding filling?

No, you do not need to cook puff pastry before adding the filling. With some pastries, you do have to blind-bake the pastry shell to give your bake structure and ensure it cooks well throughout. But with puff pastry, you don’t need to cook it before you add your fillings in.

How do you keep puff pastry crisp after baking?

Your puff pastry will stay crisp after baking if you’ve washed it with a beaten egg and store your puff pastry bakes in an air-tight container once baked and cooled. It’s really important to store your puff pastry bakes properly to ensure the pastry stays crips and flakey.

Puff Pastry Party Food

Rose&Pistachio Horns by J Cooking Odyssey

Rose and Pistachio Puff Pastry Cream Cones are a showstopper dessert that is bound to impress your guests. Air fryer puff pastry horns are filled with delicate rose-flavoured shrikhand and topped with pistachio dust.

Sweet Chili Sausage Rolls

If you are a fan of sweet and spicy this is the recipe for you. The crisp puff pastry sausage roll is filled with sausage meat and a very generous helping of sweet chilli sauce.

Cranberry Brie Bites by Little Sunny Kitchen

Gooey melty cheese with tart cranberry sauce wrapped in a golden, buttery, and flaky puff pastry, to make these bite-sized snacks or appetizers for your next holiday gathering!

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Puff pastry Ideas for kids

Bacon Sausage Rolls

Adding bacon to sausage rolls is a quick and easy way to add more flavour and make them even more delicious. It’s so easy to do and will be a huge hit at the party.

Prosciutto Puff Pastry Cheese Twists by Fuss Free Food

These prosciutto puff pastry cheese twists are the perfect nibbles for parties and holiday gatherings. Easy to make, temping to look at and wonderfully fragrant when they come out of the oven.

Nutella Puff Pastry Christmas Tree

It is lovely to sit around the table with friends and devour the Nutella Christmas tree in front of us. Especially with a glass of mulled wine.

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What should I brush puff pastry with?

You should brush puff pastry with a beaten egg wash or a milk wash. This will help it to crisp up nicely and create gorgeous golden brown flakey pastry. Perfect for sausage rolls and sweet treats. If you are looking for a plant based ingredient to brush your push pastry with, olive or vegetable oil will work too.

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