Healthy Shortcrust Pastry

Making pastry may seem intimidating, but it’s really a breeze, especially if you have a food processor. When you make your own pastry you can control the amount of fat and flour you use. Remember that the pastry is just the canvas . . . it’s what goes inside that makes it interesting. Roll the pastry as thin as you can and always remember to refrigerate it beforehand.

Healthy Shortcrust Pastry

Prep Time

40 minutes

Cook Time

20 minutes

Serves

8 people

Making pastry may seem intimidating, but it’s really a breeze, especially if you have a food processor. When you make your own pastry you can control the amount of fat and flour you use. Remember that the pastry is just the canvas . . . it’s what goes inside that makes it interesting. Roll the pastry as thin as you can and always remember to refrigerate it beforehand.

Follow along with Health Expert Judy Davie in the full video, here.

Frozen pastry may be easy but most brands use bleached white flour and are made with trans fats. Of all fats, trans fats are the worst, lowering the good cholesterol in the body while elevating the bad. Follow these tips and you can simply make your own pastry!

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups wholemeal plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup corn oil
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • pinch salt

Preparation

  • 1 Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • 2 Mix the flour, baking powder and salt together put in a food processor.
  • 3 Mix in the corn oil using the dough attachment then slowly add the cold water until a dough forms.
  • 4 Put the dough in a plastic bag and chill for at least 30 minutes.
  • 5 Roll out the pastry evenly and line a lightly oiled 8-inch flan dish.
  • 6 Prick the pastry with a fork, cover with foil and weight with dried beans, then bake in the center of the oven for 15 minutes.
  • 7 Remove the weights and foil and bake the pastry for another five minutes.
  • 8 Set aside to cool.
  • 9 The pastry is now ready to receive a delicious filling. If you're not using the pastry shell immediately, it will freeze for up to 3 months.

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