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Making Haitian Patties from Scratch – my misadventure

There are several baking recipes that very difficult to perfect when you are an inexperienced baker. I love cooking and baking but making dough is truly an art that it not for me. It takes motivation and lots and lots of patience to make puff pastries for Haitian Patties.

Several months ago, one of my readers asked me if I had a good recipe for Haitian Patties. I had declined at that time but hoped that I would have mastered the puff pastry recipe. Making plans to build up some muscles to roll out the dough was a goal that was never reached. LOL… I certainly did not realize that I would have been so impatient and less motivated to perfect my dough making. I don’t want to sound as if I am complaining, but I am baffled at how bakers can make and roll dough as if they were born with the techniques. Kudos to all the bakers out there!

I decided to call this post “Making Haitian Patties from scratch – my misadventure because of two reasons. Reason number one, after testing several dough recipes from both American and Haitian Cookbooks, I realized that I could not learn to make the dough by reading a book. I was more frustrated than willing to understand what I was reading because the instructions were not straightforward. Dough making from a book is not for me! And reason number two, who in the world has time to keep adding butter or vegetable shortening to the dough, placing it and removing it from the refrigerator. I must have seen the inside of my refrigerator more in a couple of hours than in one day.

The first time I tried making the puff pastry for the patties, I followed a recipe found in one of my baking books. The recipe seemed simple enough with step-by-step instructions. Wrong! Trying to roll out the dough to make it the same exact shape and thickness were a challenge. Instead of vegetable shortening, this recipe required butter. I must have placed the dough in the refrigerator as needed at least 20 times and rolled it out a dozen time before realizing that my counter top was getting hot because I had both the dishwasher and the oven on. I knew that dough making was better on marble stone countertop or wooden top because of temperature, but I totally forgot about the combination of the weather outside and the temperature in the kitchen. That experience did not last long. I was discouraged and left the dough alone. What a waste of flour and butter!

The second misadventure, I followed a recipe from a Haitian Cookbook – the measurements were somewhat wrong. The recipe asked for 2 cups of flour, 1-cup vegetable shortening and 1 cup of water. Well! That one turned out to be like a creamy porridge. What a ding-dong I was not to realize it in the beginning.

Making Haitians Patties
Making Haitians Patties

The third misadventure that almost became successful. I re-tried the same recipe previously, and instead of 2 cups of flour, I used 4 cups. The method worked. But because I was discouraged from the last two failed experiences, I did not roll out the dough to the thickness required so it could be “puff pastry like.”

The fourth time, I tried my best to roll out the dough. It was not perfect, but I least I tried. I was not able to make perfect squares or rectangles but I least it worked this time. The dough was decent to me but I am not a professional, so I cannot make the perfect puff pastry recipe. Not yet! I still have time to build some muscles!

But for now, I will stick with store-bought puff pastry to make the patties. So much simpler and less stressful I think. Just a quick roll out, cut, shape, add filling and voila!

Haitian Patties
Haitian Patties

Haitian Patties filling are usually made with chicken, beef, and codfish. I find it best to thinly shred the filling in a food processor after cooking to avoid chunks of meat or fish. So here is my updated version is taken from “A Taste of Haiti” by Mirta Yurnet-Thomas and The Thomas Family. It is a long recipe, so please don’t get discouraged. It may work for you! Or, buy store-bought puff pastry and make Haitian Patties.

Making Haitian Patties from Scratch – my misadventure

Making Haitian Patties from Scratch is not easy. The main best way to make it is to have the perfect dough and a great recipe for your filling.
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Ingredients
  

Puff Pastry:

  • 4 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

To Make Puff Pastry:

  • In a large mixing bowl or on a board, mix flour and baking powder. Add 1 cup of shortening and slowly incorporate it with the flour mixture by using your hands or a pastry blender, until you do not feel or see the eggs. The flour should have a flaky consistency.
  • Mix 1 cup of water and the salt in a cup. Create a hole in the center of the dough and add ¼ cup of the salt water to the center of the flour mix at a time, while kneading the dough, with your hands, by flattening the dough with the palm of your hands, then bringing it all together into a ball. Repeat this process over and over again for 10 minutes. Create a ball with the dough, place in a bowl and cover with a damp cloth for 15 minutes.
  • Flour your board, rolling pun, and dough. Take dough and roll from the center outward in every direction until you create a 1 inch thin rectangle that measures 12 x 15 inches. Spread 1 cup of vegetable shortening over the top of the entire dough. Fold in thirds (envelope style) and then fold in thirds again. Place the dough in the bowl and cover with a damp cloth for 15 minutes. Once again flour your board, rolling pin and dough dough. Repeat the rolling, shortening, folding, and resting.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut dough in 3 inches squares or cut in rectangles or the shape you want. Place 1 - 2 tablespoon of the filling of your choice in the center each of the square or rectangle shape dough and slightly spread. Pat the edges with water and fold dough into the desired shape. Squeeze the edges closed. Repeat process of each square of rectangle cuts of dough.
  • Place on baking sheet with parchment paper. Brush top of each patty with the remaining beaten egg. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Codfish filling:

  • 1 pound boneless salted codfish, desalted and shredded
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter or 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of Pikliz
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ cup water
  • Take desalted codfish, shred into very small pieces, making sure that there aren't any bones. Add butter or oil into pan, followed by codfish, cook for 1 minute. Add remaining ingredients and let cook on low heat for about 10 - 15 minutes or until water evaporates completely. Let cool before using as filling for patties.

Beef Filling/Chicken Filling:

  • 1 pound ground beef/ground chicken
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ? teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Pikliz with vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced parsley
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • ½ onion, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ cup water
  • In a pan, add oil, beef or chicken. Stir fry meat until it starts to cook. Add all remaining ingredients with water last, while stirring. Let cook on low heat for about 10 - 15 minutes or until water evaporates.
  • Let beef or chicken cool then add to food processor to shred very thin. Add beef/chicken to pan again and let cook 5 minutes while stirring. Let cool before adding to cut dough for patties

Notes

Timing will vary depending on dough and filling.

Nutrition

Serving: 1grams

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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5 Comments

  1. Because I followed your recipe through I wasted 3 hours of my day and money on the food. You should really double check your writing before posting it for anyone to do. You had me use three cups of vegetable shortening and the food came out horrible!

    1. The post clearly talks about my misadventure with trying out different recipes. It clearly states that it may work for you. I also advised buying storebought puff pastry to make it easier. Recipes are always listed in the recipe section under all articles or blog posts.
      No one is perfect! Even the best chefs make mistakes every day. All cookbooks have errors as well as several websites.
      I respect everyone for all the hard work they put in in everything they do. I do not disrespect anyone who visits my site and expect the same. If you feel that you were disappointed, it is your prerogative not to visit the website again. Take time and visit the Terms and Conditions of all websites you visit.

  2. Your instructions on mal written you say that we need one cup of vegetable shortening but throughout the recipe you tell us to use 3 cups of vegetable shortening.

  3. I finally made this from scra2 today for the first time and realized that I to needed for flour and shortening as I kneeded the dough. My only misadventure was not using two eggs in the dough which explained why the pattie was so hard after baking lol. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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