Quick Flaky Pastry

Quick Flaky Pastry

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  • 8 oz plain flour
  • 6 oz butter
  • pinch of salt
  • cold water


  • Take the butter block from the fridge and wrap it in a piece of foil and return it to the freezer for 30 minutes. Butter needs to remain as cold as possible.
  • Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl. Take the butter out of the freezer, hold it in the foil, dip it into the flour, then grate it on a coarse grater placed in the bowl over flour.
  • Keep dipping the butter down into the flour to make it easier to grate. At the end, you will be left with a lump of grated fat in the middle of the flour – so now take a palette knife and start to cut it into the flour — don’t use your hands — until the mixture is crumbly.
  • Add enough water to form a dough that leaves the bowl clean, using your hands. Pop the dough into a polytene bag and chill in fridge for 30 minutes.
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Author: Tamzin

Food activist and childhood nutrition advocate Tamzin Cochrane helps the busiest of people to cook up something healthy and delicious, even after a long day. She also helps companies and schools educate around—and create a culture and environment that truly supports healthy eating. Decades in the foodservice and hospitality industry have given Tamzin a well-rounded perspective on mealtime. She is passionate about bringing back the lost art of families and friends cooking together, and she loves seeing people enjoy the amazing tastes and textures of their communal effort. Inspiring children to cook and expand there horizons on food is very important. She shares this message through virtual coaching and video courses, by speaking at corporations, schools, and events, and through her recently-released video courses. Tamzin is found most often at The Pinny and Trowel Cooking School, which she opened in early 2020, it is located in Austin TX. Tamzin was born in England, grew up in Scotland, and now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband (who incidentally, is Scottish but grew up in England) and their children.

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