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Rubbing in

Rubbing in

'Rubbing in' is a technique where flour is rubbed into a fat to make dishes such as shortcrust pastry, crumbles and scones.

-Using your fingertips, rub the flour and butter together until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs (fine or coarse, depending on the recipe).

-Lift the mixture up as you rub it in so that the air going through it keeps it cool.

-Shake the bowl every so often to bring the larger lumps of butter to the surface.

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Rich scones Rich scones

By Lesley Waters

Recipes using this technique

Main course

Light meals & snacks

Starters & nibbles

Desserts

Cakes and baking

Skill level

Easy

Equipment you will need for this technique

  • Mixing bowl

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