Perfect pastry

    35 min

    I often make quiches and pies and I've noticed that it's really hard to find the recipe for a basic pastry online. They're all different and very confusing to me. I think a simple recipe such as this is a lot better and tastier than ready made pastry.

    Durham, England, UK
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    Makes: 1 pastry case

    • 225g (8 oz) plain flour, sifted
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 110g (4 oz) margarine or butter, diced
    • 25g (1 oz) caster sugar (optional)
    • 3 tablespoons cold milk or water

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Rub the flour, salt and butter together with your fingertips until they look like breadcrumbs. If it is sweet pastry, add the sugar at this point.
    2. Start to mix in the water or the milk a little at a time until it starts to look like a dough, make sure all the crumbs are picked up so the bowl is left almost clean.
    3. At this point what you do with this pastry is up to you! Roll it out into the right thickness and shape for whatever product you intend to make.
    4. To bake

    5. To cook this pastry, heat the oven to 200 C / Gas 6. Roll out the pastry to about 5mm thick and line your desired tin. Prick the bottom of the pastry with a fork. Place a sheet of parchment on top and cover with dried beans or rice.
    6. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes if blind baking, or for longer until golden brown and cooked through.

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