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Sweet Pastry

Makes 300g sweet pastry

Use a sweetened shortcrust pastry, or pâte sucrée, for delicious pastry based deserts such as Lemon Tart, French Apple Tart or Chocolate Tart.

Free from Soya, Nuts
Vegetarian, Organic

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Sweet Pastry

  1. Pre-heat the oven.
  2. Rub some butter around the inside of 23cm/9” tart or flan dish or insert a baking liner.
  3. Put the flour and butter into a large bowl. Use a fork or pastry blender to work them together until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  4. Stir in the sugar.
  5. Add the egg yolks and stir to combine.
  6. Using your hands, gather the mix together to form a smooth ball of pastry dough.
  7. Dust the work surface with flour, put the dough in the middle and sprinkle it with flour.
  8. Roll out the pastry into a circle 5cm/2” larger than your dish and lift it into the dish, OR simply press it into the baking dish using your fingers.
  9. Cut away any pastry that hangs over the edge of the dish.
  10. Prick the pastry all over with a fork.
  11. Chill until required.

Blind Baking

  1. Lay a large piece of parchment over the raw pastry, making sure all the edges are covered.
  2. Scatter ceramic baking beans (or rice or flour) over the parchment, spreading them all over the surface.
  3. If the pastry is to have a cold filling, bake for 15-18 minutes then remove from the oven and carefully lift the parchment and contents off the pastry. Return the pastry to the oven and cook for a further 5-6 minutes. Fill according to your recipe.
  4. If the pastry is to be filled and cooked again, bake for 10-12 minutes then remove from the oven, carefully lift the parchment and contents off the pastry and return it to the oven and cook for a further 4-5 minutes without browning too much.
  5. Fill and bake according to your recipe.

Equipment

Tart or flan dish, parchment paper and 2 cups of baking beans, rice or flour for blind baking and mixing bowl

Temperature

190°C, Fan 170°C, 375°F, Gas 5

Cooking time

14-30 minutes
I made the pastry for a Tarte Tatin. The recipe produced just the right amount and was easy and straightforward to make. I particularly liked the explanation of rolling it between two sheets of parchment. I used parchment underneath and cling film on top so I could see how the pastry looked in terms of size and depth. Once baked the pastry was crisp and short and tasted lovely, will definitely be making again and would recommend especially if you are new to pastry making.
By Jo Judges
12 Nov 2019

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