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Making Pastry is Easy
Britain and Ireland are a nation of bakers; our food is underpinned with great pies, pastries, cakes, puddings and bread. Tucked neatly and firmly in this list are the pastry goods and tantamount to these is, you guessed it, pastry.
There is much talk about making pastry and how difficult it is. It isn't. Like many dishes, it takes a few guidelines and tips to help you on your way; the rest is about finding a recipe you like and going for it.
Next page: 9 Tips for Successful Pastry
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9 Tips for Successful Pastry
Simple or sweet shortcrust are not dissimilar when it comes to making them. As such, they share the same hints and tips for preparing them. These 9 tips when followed will make your pastry making and the finished product so lovely. Enjoy.
Next page: My Favourite Shortcrust Pastry Recipe
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Classic Shortcrust Pastry Recipe
This is my favourite recipe as it is the most versatile. It is a good pastry for handling and for rolling and creates a lovely taut crust with a melting texture. If you are a pastry novice, then I suggest you try this one for starters. It is the one I return to time, after time.
Next page: Rich Shortcrust Pastry Recipe
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Rich or Sweet Shortcrust Pastry Recipe
Sometimes a recipe calls for sweet or rich shortcrust pastry, especially for desserts and sweet pies A rich shortcrust pastry recipe is similar to basic shortcrust but has an egg and sugar added to it. This pastry is also known as pate sucrée.
Though it may at first seem a little sticky, rich shortcrust pastry is easy to handle but as with any pastry recipe, resting is the key to success as once rested in the refrigerator, the pastry will keep its shape during cooked.
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15 Pie and Tart Recipes Using Pastry - Sweet and Savoury
Pastry is used in so many recipes, but is found mainly in pies and tarts, of which both British and Irish food have a wealth on offer. I could continue this list for a long time, however these are (just a few) of my personal favourites.
- Traditional Apple Pie Recipe
- Traditional British Steak and Kidney Pie Recipe
- British Chicken, Leek, and Mushroom Pie Recipe
- The Ultimate Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe
- Easy Traditional Mince Pies
- Traditional British Cornish Pasty Recipe
- Apple and Lancashire Cheese Pie Recip...e
- Traditional British Treacle Tart Recipe
- Classic Baked Egg Custard Tart Recipe
- Traditional British Bakewell Tart Recipe
- Beef and Guinness Pie
- Mini Pork Pies
- Venison Pie
- Spiced Pork and Rhubarb Pie
- Bilberry Pie Recipe
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Pastry Calculator - Work out How Much Pastry You Need
If a recipe calls for a quantity of pastry, this is the weight of flour and fat, plus any water you have added. Here's a quick guide to help estimate how much to use.