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Making pastry

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • A basic shortcrust recipe is half fat to flour, using a combination of lard and margarine i.e.

    8oz plain flour
    2oz margarine/butter
    2oz lard
    cold water to mix to a dough

    I have no idea how much the jusroll stuff costs but half a pound of pastry would cost approx 20p to make yourself, and less if you use value flour ;)
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  • N9eavN9eav Forumite
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    Easy pastry.


    1 bag 1.5kg plain flour Dump almost all the bag into the bowl

    Chop into cubes, one 500g block of lard and one 250g block of marg. Add this to the flour and rub in until it's like bread crumbs. Keep the bowl and hands cool.

    Add one pint of cold water.

    Mix together with a butter knife until it starts to bind together. Then get your hand in there and work it until its pretty much all together.

    Tip that last bit of flour out of the bag onto the table.

    Put your lump of pastry onto the floured table and press out flat with your hand. Fold a third into the middle and the other third on top of that, turn it 90 degress and do the same again until it's nice a smooth. Leave covered in the fridge for an hour. Use as much as you need and freeze the rest into blocks for next time.
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  • miacatmiacat Forumite
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    thanks everyone for all your tips. going to have another go later in the week. will try the value flour too and make a larger quantity of pastry as suggested as it's not something i always feel like making. cheers , mia ;)
  • exlibrisexlibris Forumite
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    I too have a problem with pastry. I mix a large quantity, 2 or 3 pounds of flour mix to the crumb stage and keep it in the fridge. When needed add cold water a little at a time as it doesn,t seem to need as much as when freshly made.

    My Mum always said I had too warm hands for pastry so this was my way round it.
  • mogginsmoggins Forumite
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    I make mine with the food processor as I have arthritis in my fingers and can't do the breadcrumb bit. I've never had bad pastry since I started doing this.
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  • scuzzscuzz Forumite
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    Are you leaving it to rest in the fridge before rolling it? That might be a factor
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  • Going to make a Cheese and Potato Pie thru the week, can anyone tell me a patry receipe?

    Also a one for sweet things (ie Jam Tarts) ?

    Or is the pastry the same !

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  • RikkiRikki Forumite
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    The receipe is the same.

    Half fat to plain flour . eg:- 8oz plain flour, 2oz butter/marg, 2oz white lard.
    Rub to make breadcrumb consistency mix in cold water.
    Let it rest in frdge for half an hour, then roll out on a lightly floured surface.
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  • squeakysqueaky Forumite
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    Yep. :)

    Although be-ro suggest adding an ounce (25g) sugar if you want sweet pastry - though it is optional.

    Look up pastry on the right hand side and then select "shortcrust"
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  • QueenieQueenie Forumite
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    squeaky ... don't we have a section on pastry in the Mega/Recipe Index? :confused: I do recall we had a whole thread about pastry a few months ago and there was heaps of advice given.
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