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IMHO this recipe might be more aptly named "April Fools Day Puff Pasty" :)
Well, our hands remain unharmed and fully functional. My daughter and I tried this pastry to accompany Mrs. Beeton's (1860) Baked Almond Pudding, as her recipe for "puffed paste" was impossible to comprehend! It took us from 3:00 to 6:30 to prepare, and then we baked it for approximately 40 minutes. It was fun to try something so totally new, having no idea what to expect, but we hadn't a clue how long to bake the pastry before adding the custard-like filling. So we baked it alone and will serve it under the dessert. It was literally floating in butter when we removed it from the oven, having baked it at 500 for the first 5 minutes, then lowering in increments to 360 for the final 35. I put it on a cookie rack to drain and dry and it tastes scrumptious, but a little more chewy than I'd hoped. There are definitely nice layers throughout! We will try it again, now having practiced once, but I'd like to know how long to bake the pastry with and without a filling.
I have not yet made this, but since I've found it, the challenge is on. I will let you know how it turns out!