Sunday, 1 December 2013

Sweet Pastry

Many years ago I started watching a show called The Great British Menu, the first year Marcus Waring competed and won the Desserts section with the most fantastic Custard Tart.  I have made this many times over the years and is always a great dessert, however the pastry for this tart has become the only sweet pastry recipe I use.

225gm Plain Flour
150gm Cold Butter, cubed
75gm Castor Sugar
1 whole Egg
1 Egg Yolk
Zest of a Lemon (optional)

Place flour, sugar, zest and butter in food processor and pulse until the butter is small pea size pieces.  Add eggs lightly beaten together and blend until pastry forms a ball, don't blend longer.  The pastry is quite soft at this stage don't be worried.  Put pastry in a Ziploc bag sealed or rap in gladwrap and place in the fridge for 2 hours.

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