Making pastry

Given the choice of using shop bought pastry or homemade, I would rather make my own.  Its a personal thing. I just prefer it. The taste. The texture. The speed. Its not rocket science.

My hands used to run a lot cooler, which is just perfect for making pastry. I don’t know if it is a passing of the years or since having children, but I have lost those nice cold hands. As a result, I now use my Kitchen Aid to rub the butter into the flour. Its a compromise, but it works.

There is one thing I can guarantee, every few months, I will have the pastry conversation with someone. Usually they will say how they never make pastry and I will say that I do make pastry. The reaction is either disbelief that someone would spend time making pastry, or they will marvel as if I have announced that I can split an atom with my toes (no, I cannot). Maybe next time I should offer to show them how easy it is to make.

One thing is for sure, this french apple tart does tastes even better with homemade rich, sweet pastry. Butter, of course.

Totally unconnected, but the children were thrilled and fascinated by this hoverfly. It stayed put for quite some time. The children asked lots of questions, which I just love.

8 thoughts on “Making pastry

  • Saturday 28 August, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Your pies look amazing.
    And can you share your pastry recipe please.
    Pretty please 🙂
    I am afraid I am one of those lazy types who always buy ready made pastry, but feel that I shouldn’t (not to mention knowing that the kids would love helping to make it).

    • Friday 3 September, 2010 at 1:11 am

      I’ll put it is a post soon. It really is so easy. In the past I’ve bought frozen pastry, and by the time it has defrosted, I could have made and baked a pie.

  • Sunday 29 August, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    We make our own pie crusts here, too, but they aren’t as pretty as yours :). Great shot of the hoverfly!

    • Friday 3 September, 2010 at 1:09 am

      They don’t always look so good. There are times, when I’m in a hurry, that the ragged crust look is just right!

    • Friday 3 September, 2010 at 1:08 am

      So true. Once tasted, never forgotten.

  • Thursday 2 September, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Gosh they look scrummy…:)

    • Friday 3 September, 2010 at 12:57 am

      Even better a few months into winter.

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