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Old 17-05-2006, 1:32 PM
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Default baking beans

I don't want to buy fancy baking beans for baking pastry cases blind etc. Can you suggest an old style alternative?

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Old 17-05-2006, 1:34 PM
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I have used pasta shapes in the past for baking blind
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Old 17-05-2006, 2:06 PM
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I used to use dried peas/beans. BTW what do you cook when using them? I used to do it for baked custards, but I found it made little difference so don't bother now and it all gets eaten up no problem:rolleyes:
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Old 17-05-2006, 2:14 PM
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I always used bread crusts off any stale bread just line the pastry case with greaseproof paper and bung in a few crusts, you have to !!!!! the pastry with a fork first of course.. then the rest of the stale bread gets used up for a bread pudding... yummy , and as you would probabley thrown the bread away anyway its freee
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Old 17-05-2006, 2:33 PM
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My favourite use for a blind baked pastry case ( apart from the classic Lemon Meringue pie) is Gypsy Tart. It is exceptionally yummy, easy and cheap!

For a 7inch pastry case take a small can of evaporated milk 170g/6oz. It works best if the can of milk has been well chilled in the fridge. Place contents in a bowl with same weight of dark soft brown sugar (use the muscavado type). Whisk with an electric whisk until extremely thick and much paler in colour (could take 5mins). It may be possible by hand, but it would take forever! Pour mixture into pastry case. Bake in pre-heated oven at 200C Gas Mark 6 for 12 minutes. It may still seem a little 'wobbly'. Remove from oven and leave to cool. It will then be set. If feeling decadent, serve with cream.

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Old 17-05-2006, 7:08 PM
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I keep a jar of dried soya beans which I use in place of "baking beans" for pastry cases.
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i saw in a mag someone uses an upturned sandwich tin and lines that with pastry then pricks it so no need to bake blind dont know if it would work tho
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what are they actually supposed to do? :confused:

whenever i am baking a pastry base for a pie/flan/quiche, i always !!!!! it with a fork repeatedly, bake for 10-20 mins, then fill and cook as normal.

i've never ever used baking beans (or a substitute) before and my baking has always been lovely
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They hold the pastry down whilst you bake it blind.

In the past, I've treid just pricking with a fork but pastry hates me and still "bubbles" up unless I weigh it down. I've even treid pricking it to death but then the contents of the pastry case (when I fill it) just leaks out and laughs at me.
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Old 17-05-2006, 10:54 PM
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I just !!!!! it, but keep a bit of pastry back to plug the holes after it has been baked blind.

If you want to weigh it down you can use just about anything. I've even used a handful of teaspoons

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If i am being lazy i just !!!!! the case but if not I use dried beans/pulses both do well just depends what "head" I have on that day
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ive never had a problem with pastry bubbling ever... are you sure you're all making it right
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Old 17-09-2006, 11:10 AM
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Default I used lentils as baking beans, are they ok to use?

I made some pastry a few weeks ago that I had to 'bake blind'. I'd got no baking beans so used some red lentils instead, which I cooled and put in a tub to use again. Now I've got a recipe for sausage patties which uses red lentils and they're the only ones I've got. Anyone know if they'd be ok to use? They look exactly the same as when I first tipped them out of the box.
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Please ignore above post, I've now found a pack of lentils in the cupboard.
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Old 17-09-2006, 11:57 AM
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LOL It would be worth knowing if you do decide to try to cook them! I imagine they'll be fine but maybe bigger beans would be too tough after baking them?
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Default Baking Beans

I really want to make my own quiches. I’ve searched out some recipes to try but they all say to bake the pastry blind with “baking beans”
Now i know what these are (well i have a rough idea anyway!) but does anyone know where i might be able to get some. i havent a clue.
Hopefully someone will be able to point me in the right direction.
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Old 30-08-2007, 12:53 AM
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Hi, Wilkinsons sell tubs of ceramic baking beans for £2.99
The good thing is, as they're ceramic you can use them again and again
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I've seen them in my local Cargo, not sure how much though.
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Lakeland have them - click here.

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Default baking beans

I always use the kind of dried beans you usually soak and then cook. Any sort will do, red kidney,butter, any of that type. Put a circle of greaseproof paper on top of your pastry, cover with the beans, then bake. When youv'e finished and the beans have gone cold, store them in a jar for next time. They will last for ages!
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