After the cake disaster on Sunday night, I thought I’d post about something a bit more positive on the cooking front.
I’d always thought that doing pastry was a bit too difficult. Last week I decided to give it a go and make some veggie pasties as the latest step in cutting down on convenience food.
I made the pastry first using 225g flour, 55g butter and 55g vegetable margarine. The rule I vaguely remember is to use half the amount of fat to flour.
Next I rubbed the fat into the flour until it looked like breadcrumbs.
I added a small amount of water and brought the mixture together in to a ball, then wrapped this in clingfilm and put it in the fridge for half an hour.
I then rummaged round for whatever veggies I could find: potato, turnip, sweed, half a tin of chopped tomatoes left in the fridge and a tin of baked beans. I mixed these together with a tablespoon of curry powder.
I rolled out the pastry to dessert plate size and added the vegetable mix to each pasty. (This amount of pastry made 4 pasties) I beat an egg and brushed the edges of the pastry before folding it over to make the pasties. I found that crimping them on top was easier than along the side. I cooked them in the oven for about 50 minutes.
The pasties turned out far better than I could have expected – Edie and Bee ate the lot. Now I’m looking forward to experiment with lots of different fillings.
What have you cooked using pastry?
Until next time, Tawney x