Flaky Pastry

Ingredients

  • 200g Doves Farm Organic Plain White Flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 125g butter, chilled
  • 8 tbsp cold water
  • flour, for dusting

Method

Step 1

  1. Put the flour into a bowl, add the salt and stir to combine.
  2. Cut the chilled butter into small cubes or slices and divide into three equal piles.
  3. Add one third of the butter to the bowl and chill the rest.
  4. Using a fork or pastry blender, work the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  5. Add the water to bring together a soft pastry dough. If this does not happen easily add a teaspoon of water.
  6. Lightly flour the work surface and put the pastry in the middle and dust it with flour.
  7. Roll the pastry into a 20 x 25cm/8 x 10” rectangle.
  8. Fold the left-hand side of the pastry onto the middle third and the right-hand side on top of that.
  9. Cover the pastry and chill for 10 minutes.

Step 2

  1. Dust the work surface and chilled pastry with flour.
  2. Roll the pastry into a 20 x 25cm/8 x 10” rectangle.
  3. Spread another third of the prepared butter over the middle of the pastry rectangle, leaving pastry on either side.
  4. Lift the left side of the pastry over the butter, and the right-hand side on top of that.
  5. Press around the edges to enclose all of the butter.
  6. Cover and leave to chill for 10 minutes.

Step 3

  1. Once again dust the work surface and chilled pastry with flour.
  2. Roll the pastry into a 20 x 25cm/8 x 10” rectangle.
  3. Spread another third of the prepared butter over the middle of the pastry rectangle, leaving pastry on either side.
  4. Lift the left side of the pastry over the butter, and the right-hand side on top of that.
  5. Press around the edges to enclose all of the butter.
  6. Cover and leave to chill for 10 minutes.
  7. Use the pastry in your recipe.