Puff pastry is magic, and like most magic, there are a few rules to remember to make it look like sleight of hand. (Use the thumbprint method described - it really works.)
Roll out pastry until it is long and skinny, about 50 cm (20 in). Fold each end in, to meet in the centre, then fold once more into a double turn. Press your thumb marks into the left and right corners as it faces you, then cover in plastic and let rest for 15 minutes. Turn pastry so that your thumb imprints are both on the right hand side of the pastry, and roll out again, fold in again, mark with thumbs and chill. Repeat process twice more, then leave to rest for an hour or so before using. Roll out on a floured bench and trim to the shape you want.
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