These guides compliment our recipes that use pastry
How to Make Pastry
Why Make Your Own Pastry
The basic ingredients for all pastries are flour and fats neither of which need be expensive to buy. It’s worth buying the best quality ingredients you can afford but if you’re on a really tight budget, cheap flour and cheap cooking margarine or lard can still provide an excellent pastry.
My grandmother made the best, lightest shortcrust pastry I’ve ever tasted using the cheapest ingredients possible. If only I’d found out how when I had the chance!
Even using premium ingredients you will save money on buying in ready-made pastry from the store.
Pastry Making is Usually Easy & Fast
Although it does take a little time to make your own pastry and with some pastries some skill, generally it’s not difficult to make your own pastry. The exception to this rule is, as far as we are concerned, is filo pastry. This is difficult and usually better bought in.
Pastry Making in Food Processor
To save time some pastries can be made in a food-processor in a matter of seconds but you don’t need any special equipment beyond scales, mixing bowl, rolling pin and a flat surface. In an ideal world, a polished piece of marble or granite for rolling out on is perfect but the glass-like worktop savers that can be picked up cheaply do nearly as well.