Not as difficult to make as it looks. Don’t be intimidated, if you follow my instructions, you too can make this marvellous pastry. This is the stuff a lot of goodies come from, Hungarian coffee houses use it for making cocoa snails, túrós táska, tiroli rétes and various croissants. Blundell tészta is a type of laminated/yeast raised dough. It requires less work and less butter than puff pastry. How laminated or yeast raised the pastry ends up depends on the folding technique.

This type of pastry employs two folding methods; the simplefold and the bookfold method. Both methods start by rolling the dough into a rectangle and enclosing a pad of butter over part of the dough. Then you keep folding and chilling the dough forming layers of dough and butter. The simplefold method results in thinner layers. The bookfold method requires less handling, however the layers will be thicker. Recipes will tell you to rotate the dough 90 degrees before each folding. But the only thing you need to remember is to always roll the dough before folding toward the long sides of the rectangle. It is the same as turning the dough 90 degrees. 


For the simplefold method, you roll the dough into a rectangle. 
Divide into three parts and then fold the outer thirds of the dough 
on top of each other over the center section.


For the bookfold method, bring the outer edges of the dough together, 
but offset them slightly to one side of the center of the dough. 
Offsetting ensures all parts of the dough get laminated. Then fold the dough in half again.

 bookfold  step 1 and step 2

Always roll the dough toward the long ends of the rectangle. 

Laminated Yeast Pastry 

3-1/3 cups flour
1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp instant yeast
1 egg yolk
1 tsp salt

1 cup lukewarm milk
flour for dusting

  • Dice a cup of chilled unsalted butter and let it sit for 15 minutes.
  • Measure out 3-1/3 cups of flour into a mixing bowl.
  • Make the butter pad next. Take 3/4 cup of flour from the flour you just measured out and combine it with the diced butter. Use your hands for this, do not whip or kneed this mixture.
  • Take from the butter mixture a glob about the size of an egg and add it to the remaining flour in the mixing bowl.   
  • Now take a sheet of plastic wrap and scoop the remaining butter mixture onto it. Spread it into a rectangle and wrap it up.
  • Put the butter pad in the freezer to solidify. While the butter pad chills in the freezer, mix up the yeast dough.
  • Add the sugar, yeast, egg yolk and salt to the mixing bowl.
  • Slightly heat up the milk and add it to the mixing bowl.
  • Stir to combine and then beat it for several minutes to form a very elastic dough. Very.
  • Form the dough into a round ball and place on a well floured cutting board.
  • Cut an X in the top and cover it with a clean kitchen cloth.
  • Let the dough rest for 20 minutes.
  • In the meantime, move the butter pad to the fridge. If the butter pad is frozen solid, you will have a hard time rolling the dough and incorporating the butter.
  • After 20 minutes of rest, start rolling out the dough toward the four corners. As you roll the dough, leave the center a little thicker.
  • Place the chilled butter pad in the middle and bundle it up from the four corners.
  • Flour the board and start rolling the dough aiming toward the four corners and it shape it into a rectangle.
  • Do a singlefold. Lengthwise divide the rectangle into three equal sections. Dividing the dough means making a mental mark or perhaps making a small nick into the dough, but don’t cut it or score it.
  • Fold the two outer parts onto the middle section. You now have three layers on top of one another.
  • Roll it out toward the long sides of the rectangle.
  • Next do a bookfold. Lengthwise divide the dough into four equal sections. Bring the outer edges of the dough together, but offset them slightly to one side of the center of the dough. Offsetting the seam ensures all parts of the dough will be laminated. Then fold the dough in half again.
  • Wrap the dough in plastic and place in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  • Take out the dough and roll it out toward the long side of the rectangle.
  • Do another singlefold. Wrap the dough and rest it for 20 more minutes.
  • After the dough has rested, it will be ready for shaping.
  • Next comes the Kakaóscsiga.

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