Butter used to be butter. Cream was churned and separated into butter and buttermilk. While it is still made that way, where in the world it comes from makes a difference, both in taste and its ability to make laminated doughs rise dramatically. The puff pastry above started out as a 3/8 inch rectangle and rose to a dramatic 3 inches.
For this test, I used Land O Lakes American butter and Kerry Gold Irish butter. I couldn’t find Plugra in my area. Both of the butters were unsalted. Continue reading