What to do with Leftover Puff Pastry

Do you have some leftover puff pastry? From delightful custard slices to chocolate Danish pastries and more, find how to make delicious treats today!

If you’ve been cooking with puff pasty, chances are you may have some left over. Don’t pop it in the bin, get creative instead. There are so many things you can do with leftover puff pastry. And you can get the kids involved for some fun family baking too. More fun times in the kitchen and less food waste. Winner. 
Here are a few puff pastry ideas to get you thinking and your tastebuds tingling.

Recipe Ideas for Puff Pastry

So, what can you make with puff pastry? So. Many. Things. You can go sweet or you can go savoury. Either way you’ll create some mouth-watering morsels all from leftover pastry. 

Sweet leftover puff pastry recipes:
Want some sweet things to make with the puff pastry you have to hand? Why not have a go at: 

Easy Chocolate Danish: The clue really is in the name. This chocolate Danish is super easy. In just 20 minutes, you’ll be enjoying some melt-in-your-mouth chocolate indulgence. To make 16 servings, you’ll need 375g of ready rolled puff pastry. 

Pastel De Nata: For a true taste of Portugal, use your leftover puff to whip up these perfect Pastel De Nata. You’ll need 320g of ready rolled puff pastry to make 12 portions of these traditional Portuguese custard tarts. Enjoy them with a cuppa, as a sweet breakfast treat or whenever you fancy a little sweetness in your life. 

Custard Slices: Filled with creamy custard and topped off with a layer of chocolate, these custard slices are always a crowd-pleaser. They’re super easy to make, with just 15 minutes prep time. You’ll need 320g of ready rolled puff pastry to make eight portions – just enough for the family with some to spare too! 

Savoury leftover puff pastry recipes:
Looking to make sausage rolls with puff pastry? Or want to make other savoury sensations with your leftovers? We’ve got some great recipes for you. 

Cheese and Onion Pasties: Enjoy flaky puff pastry with these cheesy creations. This easy recipe will take you just 45 minutes and needs 450g of leftover puff pastry for four portions. They’re perfect for lunch, on a picnic or as a savoury starter. 

Vegan Sausage Rolls: Combining sweet potatoes and chickpeas all wrapped in fluffy puff pastry, these Vegan Sausage Rolls are a plant-based delight. Use 640g of leftover puff pastry with around 75 minutes of cooking time, and you’ll be tucking into eight sausage rolls. 

Sausage Rolls: Who doesn’t love a homemade sausage roll? And if you’ve got leftover puff pastry at hand, what better way to use it? This simple recipe needs 320g of leftover pastry to create four scrumptious sausage rolls.

Can I Store my Leftover Puff Pastry?

Want to use your leftover puff pastry? Not got time straightaway? Never fear, it is possible to store your puff pastry. The most important thing to remember is to wrap it tightly in cling film so it stays fresh. You can pop it in the fridge and it will last for a couple of days. But can you freeze puff pastry? Yes, you can. Once you’ve wrapped it in cling film it will last in your freezer for around 10 to 12 months – just don’t forget about it!

With some leftover puff pastry recipe ideas up your sleeve you’ll soon be cutting down food waste and creating even more tasty treats in the kitchen. We’ve got plenty more baking hints and tips at Dr. Oetker, from how to make your own puff pastry to discovering everything you need to know about flaky pastry.

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