Category: Basics

Sweet Pastry

My pastry chef says that this recipe makes a very maleable, easy-to-handle dough. It is basically a cheating approach to a more traditional French pâté sucrée. Planning serves: n/a preparation time: 10 mins cooking time: n/a Ingredients 175g plain flour

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Sweet Rich Shortcrust Pastry

This crisp and crumbly mouth-watering pastry made with self-raising flour breaks all the rules but gives a special taste and texture to all sweet pies, large or small. Planning serves:   preparation time: 10 mins cooking time:   Ingredients 8

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Savoury Rich Shortcrust Pastry

Planning serves:   preparation time: 10 mins cooking time:   Ingredients 8 oz self-raising flour 1 tsp salt 3 oz butter 2 oz lard water, to mix Method Put the flour, salt and butter into a food processor and pulse

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Potato Gnocchi

Unlike fresh pasta, the commercial versions of which are so good now that it hardly seems worth making it yourself (unless for special ravioli), commercial potato gnocchi are relatively heavy compared to their homemade equivalents. Making your own is, therefore,

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Shortcrust Pastry

A shortcrust pastry, in either sweet or savoury form, which seems to break many of the accepted pastry rules but which works well. Planning serves:   preparation time: 10 mins cooking time:   Ingredients 8 oz self-raising flour pinch salt

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Mrs Mopp’s Rough Puff Pastry

This is a cheat’s substitute for puff pastry which is really popular. The grating of the frozen butter is still hard work but it is, I am assured by my pastry chef (Carol), a darn site easier than traditional puff

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Pâte Sucrée

This is a transcription of a recipe from The French Cookery School published years ago in parts in The Observer Magazine from Anne Willan of La Varenne, in Paris. Planning serves:   preparation time: 10 mins cooking time:   Ingredients

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Pâte Brisée

This is a transcription of a recipe from The French Cookery School published years ago in parts in The Observer Magazine from Anne Willan of La Varenne, in Paris. Planning serves:   preparation time: 10 mins cooking time:   Ingredients

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Oatcakes

There’s a long way to go to find a better accompaniment to cheese, especially the blue variety, than the humble Scottish Oatcake. Here’s a recipe based on something I found on the Hamlyns web site. Planning serves: 15 oatcakes preparation

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