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Making Pastry is Child’s Play

Posted on June 18, 2008 by in baked goods

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Most people,except you cooking freaks out there, steer away from making their own pastry. The whole idea of chilling butter and rolling and folding and more rolling….. scares them immensely.
They will either buy puff or shortcrust pastry and although there are good brands out there, I have seen really bad ones too.
I am sharing a recipe with you today that has been in our family for decades and apart from being so easy to make, it is also extremely versatile for both sweet and savory recipes.
My daughter, at age 7, made this yesterday and if she can, so can you! Make some today and let your creativity loose. It will last up to a week in the fridge and up to a month in the freezer.


Easy pastry
500 g butter, cubed
550 g plain flour
1 t Cream of Tartar
1 cup boiling water.
pinch of salt

Mix flour, salt and Cream of Tartar.
Put butter in a separate bowl, add boiling water and let butter melt completely.
Add butter mixture to flour mixture and mix well, without over mixing.
Pour out on a plate and leave fridge overnight. The mixture is very runny. Don’t add any flour. Just place in fridge.

Take pastry out 30 min before you need it. When needed, roll out on a floured surface and then use as indicated on your own recipe.

Today I made Old Fashioned Jam Tarts( Oh, I missed my gran….)
Roll out pastry until about 2mm thick. Use cookie cutter and cut circles. Place a dot of your favorite jam in the middle and fold over. Smear egg white around the edges to prevent the jam from running out. You can also roll the jam in flour before placing it onto the pastry. Brush some egg wash over the top of the tarts and bake at 200 C for 15 minutes or until brown and puffed up.

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24 Responses to “Making Pastry is Child’s Play”

  1. noble pig 18 June 2008 at 11:16 pm #

    Oh you’re just showing off! It looks beautiful Ms. Pastry Queen!

  2. glamah16 19 June 2008 at 3:40 am #

    Oh did you use the pineapple jam in those. I want one.

  3. Passionate baker...& beyond 19 June 2008 at 3:41 am #

    Cant see the photobucket snaps for some reason, but this does sound GREAT Nina! WOW!! How sweet that your 7 year old could do this!!

  4. RecipeGirl 19 June 2008 at 4:09 am #

    Count me in as one who shys away from making my own pastry. But now that I know that your daughter can do it, I suppose I should try as well!

  5. Proud Italian Cook 19 June 2008 at 6:14 am #

    Nina, Your daughter is quite the pastry chef! Shes taking right after her mother! They look so good!

  6. Rose&Thorn 19 June 2008 at 9:20 am #

    That is so easy, definitely going to try this soon. Hubby likes this tarts with cheese inside. Thanks so much.

  7. Peter M 19 June 2008 at 12:30 pm #

    Aww, what a cutie…”Nano-Nina” has entered the kitchen…next gen of great cooks!

  8. nicisme 19 June 2008 at 1:44 pm #

    Aww, your daughter is beautiful! How lovely to have a helper in the kitchen.

  9. michelle @ TNS 19 June 2008 at 4:13 pm #

    i *can* make pastry, but don’t do it nearly often enough. these look tasty – buttery pastry and jam, what’s not to love?

  10. That Girl 19 June 2008 at 6:51 pm #

    The only reason I don’t make pastry more regularly is so I can pretend not to know the sickening amounts of butter that go into it 😉

  11. Kevin 20 June 2008 at 3:37 am #

    That sounds surprisingly easy! I will have to try it.

  12. StickyGooeyCreamyChewy 20 June 2008 at 3:43 am #

    They look beautiful! I was always afraid of pastry until I joined the DB group. Now, I’m fearless (well, almost)! 😉

  13. Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) 20 June 2008 at 5:32 am #

    noble pig – aaahhhh!!!I am so honored!

    glamah – I used apricot jam, but pineapple would be delicious too.

    passionate baker – My mom had a problem to see photobucket photos and then I loaded Javascript for her. It can also be a Firefox thing. Can you still not see it. Try clearing all your cookies and caches….

    recipe girl – come on, you can do it….

    proud italian cook – she is adorable, isn’t she!

    rose & thorn – oh, so his a savory kinda guy..

    peter m – I love the “nano-nina” idea. I think it is our duty to pass these skills on to the next generation.

    nicisme – she is always so keen to help…

    michelle @ tns – pastry and jam is a winner, yeah!

    that girl – my mom makes this pastry with margarine and it is not bad at all.

    kevin – you’ll be lad you did.

    stickygooeycreamychewy – looking at you posts it is obvious that you are fearless. You are an inspiration…..

  14. Archana 24 June 2008 at 10:38 am #

    Nina, i have always wanted to make pastry. I used to live in the US, where ready sheets were available, now I am in India, where I dont get them. I had a question, after i fridge the dough overnight, How can i make sheets of them? do I make balls and roll them into sheets and place one over the other to get a flaky pastry? I am confused. Looking forward to your reply. Thanks

  15. Archana 24 June 2008 at 10:39 am #

    BTW, I am also hosting a ONE DISH MEAL EVENT, I would love for you to participate. The details are in my site. Looking forward to an entry from you.

  16. Jeanne 24 June 2008 at 3:11 pm #

    I agree – make more pastry! Although having said that, I’m a shortcurst pastry kind of girl, sweet or savourty. As for puff pastry, that’s why Ready-Dough was invented, for wusses like me 🙂 Tarts look amazing – I also used to make these as a kid.

  17. Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) 26 June 2008 at 7:46 am #

    jeanne – this pastry will not give you a lot of layers of pastry, but a few layers and it is winderfully rich.

  18. browniegirl 8 July 2009 at 10:20 pm #

    These look fab Nina and C – well done xxx

  19. Marisa 5 April 2011 at 8:41 am #

    This certainly *does* look super easy! Bookmarking it.

  20. christa kruger 19 June 2014 at 6:30 pm #

    Baie lekker deeg, maar hoekom is myne taaierig, en nadat ek dit uitgerol het, krimp dit

  21. Karen 20 December 2018 at 8:26 pm #

    Ek maak hierdie resep keer op keer met groot sukses. Dankie Nina!!

    • nerinatimm 21 December 2018 at 9:12 am #

      Baie baie dankie Karen!

  22. Rita Raso 15 February 2019 at 1:38 pm #

    Made this pastry and refrigerated it as per instructions.
    When I went to use it, it was too hard to handle. Have left it on the bench for a while, now it is too soft.😱

    • nerinatimm 25 March 2019 at 7:26 am #

      Pastry is not for the faint-hearted. I work with pastry early in the morning….. my hands and kitchen still nice and cool.


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