Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Recipe: how to make frugal pastry

I need to make a bit of pastry today.  Not a lot, just enough for a one person pie topping and made with oil, not butter/trex, which adds on the pennies.  After asking in the Facebook Feed Yourself for a Pound a Day about how much oil Pat or Lesley uses, I was pointed towards the relevant recipe.

I'm not going to reproduce it here as it's someone else's recipe on someone else's blog/site but here is the link.  Scroll down until you get to the part that is about making the pastry.

While I'm at it, if you are serious about cutting meal costs, Lesley's site is an absolute must, packed as it is with recipes and ideas.  Take a look and you'll see what I mean.
And, of course, so is the Facebook Group.  Not that I am biased or anything.  😊

Edited to update:

It was delicious.  Not soft, buttery, melt-in-the-mouth pastry but crisp, light, float-in-the-air pastry, prefect for a savoury pie topping (or a quiche bottom, come to that - gotta try one soon).
I used 50g SR flour, 25mls oil and 25mls water to make a soft, easily worked dough that didn't need chilling and that behaved itself perfectly.  It was a bit too much for one so next time I will try 40-20-20 or even 30-15-15 (easier on the measuring) and see if that is a better amount for one.  No idea of the calories but the pastry I made yesterday that was too much cost 5p.  If I have pastry, I don't have spuds so more or less equal in value.

I wish I had taken a photo.  Must remember next time!

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