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Tue 28 May 2013 10:30

Jak O'Donnell's Shortcrust & Sweet Pastry

Shortcrust Pastry           

·         2 free-range egg yolks

·         2-3 tbsp cold water

·         225g/8oz plain , plus extra for flouring

·         110g/4oz unsalted cold butter, diced

·         pinch  salt

For the pastry, Add 2-3 tbsp cold water to the egg yolks and stir with a fork.

1.     Place the flour into the bowl of a food processor, followed by the cold butter and the salt.

2.     Turn the processor on and pulse several times until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

3.     Add two-thirds of the egg yolk/water mixture and pulse again. If the mixture is still too dry, add the remaining egg and water mixture (you may not need to use all of it). Be careful not to overwork the pastry. Stop pulsing when the mixture has the consistency of chunky breadcrumbs.

4.     Turn the pastry out onto a clean, floured work surface and, with floured hands, bring together to make a smooth dough, but don't knead.Very gently at this stage

5.     Shape into a flattened ball, wrap in cling film Best to pop  into the freezer then when you need to just grate straight from the freezer into you pie dish & bake blind for your tart filling

6.     Using a course edge grater do it straight onto you pie dish big grates and press round the dish lightly until all covered.

 

 

Sweet Pastry

250g plain flour

50g icing sugar

Pinch of salt

150g unsalted butter, softened

2 egg yolks

About 2 tbsp (30ml) ice-cold water

Sift the flour, icing sugar and salt into a bowl. Break the butter into small pieces and rub this through the flour until it vanishes. Beat the yolks with the water and stir this into the flour. Mix to a very soft and smooth dough. Wrap the dough in cling film and freeze until required

 

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