Tuesday, 13 January 2015

How to make sweet pastry

     Hi everyone in this post ill be telling how to make sweet  pastry I hope you like it and come back  for more.       
                       Cooking time-1h 50m     Hardness-its not too tricky
Ingredients needed 
  •  250g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 
  • 50g icing sugar 
  • 125g good quality unsalted cold butter, cut into small cubes. 
  • 1 vanilla pod, halved and seeds scraped out (optional) 
  • 1 large free-range egg, beaten 
  • a splash of milk 
Step 1- Firstly from a height, sieve your  flour and icing sugar into a large mixing bowl. Using your fingertips, gently work the cubes of butter into the flour and sugar until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs

Step 2-next if your using either orange or vanilla for extra flavour, either finely grate in the zest of your orange or  add the seeds from the vanilla pod and mix it again.

Step 3- Then add the egg and milk to the mixture and gently work it together using your hands until you have a ball of dough. But remember not to work the pastry too much at this stage or it will become elastic and chewy, not crumbly and short.

Step 4- Next sprinkle a little flour over the dough and on a clean surface, and then pat the ball into a flat round shape about 2.5cm thick.

Step 4-Sprinkle over a little more flour, then wrap the dough in Clingfilm and pop it in the fridge to rest for at least 30 minutes. Then get yourself a 25cm non-stick loose-bottomed tart tin and,  using a splash of vegetable oil or butter put some of the oil or the butter on your fingers and rub all over the inside of the inside.

Step 5- Dust a clean surface and a rolling pin with flour, then carefully roll out your pastry, turning it every so often, until it's almost about 0.5cm thick. Carefully roll your pastry around your rolling pin, then unroll it carefully over your oiled tin.

Step 6- Ease the pastry into the tin, making sure you push it all the sides. Then trim off any excess by running the rolling pin over the top of the pastry tin, then prick the base of the case all over with a fork.

Step 7- Lastly get yourself some clean film and lay it out over your pastry case, then fill the pastry case with  baking beans and then pull over the Clingfilm on top and fold it inwards and scrounge it up and its ready to be cooked.

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