Recently I decided to buy frozen pastry sheets. I was feeling tired and thought I would give myself a break. Never again! First there was the price, then there was the pastry itself. It was expensive and horrible. It had no flavour and it was gooey and tacky. I would like to share my recipe with any of you out there that are still suffering through the plastic stuff.
I love my pastry. It honestly is so quick that I wonder why I thought I needed to buy it. I make it in my food processor. The following photos are of a double batch because I often make double and freeze some.
2 cups flour
(I usually use wholemeal but sometimes use plain white flour)
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 cup water approximately
Put the flour and salt into the food processor without sifting and pulse a few times to 'sift'. Cut the butter into cubes and pop in with the flour.
Pulse over and over until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Don't run the machine continuously or you'll just mix it all together instead of rubbing the butter in.
Take the mixture out of the processor and work it gently in your hands until it's smooth. This take a few seconds. Wrap it in greaseproof paper and refrigerate for at least half an hour before rolling it.
How easy is that?! It takes just a couple of minutes. So much nicer than the supermarket stuff and no packaging!