Recipe For Flaky Pastry

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Flaky pastry the quick and easy alternative to puff pastry.  This very flaky pastry is best used for sausage rolls, pie crusts and apple turnovers. Here I have used it for an apple pie.

Flaky Pastry
Flaky Pastry

In South Africa, one of the satellite television providers is Multichoice. Their package is called DStv and in 1999 I bought my first decoder for the princely sum of R1999. As with all things electronic, that decoder was phased out, and in order to watch Formula 1 racing I bought a new decoder. With the advent of high definition televisions, we had to get another decoder and so we purchased a SD (Standard Definition) PVR which allowed us to watch 2 separate programs on 2 TV sets, and record a third. This PVR has stood us in good stead. When my sister and her husband left South Africa for Australia, they gave us their HD PVR. It was such a generous gift and we were very grateful to be able to watch TV in high definition. Multichoice offer a package called extra view where you can hook up 2 decoders and so we were in a position to watch 2 different channels and record 3. The SD PVR is being phased out due to the introduction of the new unit called the explora. This costs R1999, the same as my very first decoder but the cost excluded installation and a new satellite dish is needed for the decoder, as well as a new LNB. Multichoice are determined to phase out the old decoders and so they have been offering a discounted price to anyone who came to do a trade in. The initial discount was R500 and they have now increased that to R1000. A bargain, except for the additional cost of installation. I decided to take a gamble, and I am hoping it will pay off. The route I have chosen is a fixed payment plan. I am taking the risk that the subscription increase due next month will be more than the extra I am being charged to get the explora. The payment plan includes the installation and if my gamble pays off I will basically get the new decoder free of charge. The other gamble I am taking is sharing a third pastry recipe with you in as many weeks. I am loving making pastry at the moment, even though it is so hot. There is something satisfying about biting into flaky pastry that has worked out perfectly.

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Flaky Pastry
 
Flaky pastry must be cooked at a high temperature so that it rises and sets into crisp layers.
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Ingredients
  • 225g flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 150g butter, well chilled
  • 75mls cold water
Method
  1. Place the flour into a large mixing bowl
  2. Cube 40g of the butter and add to the flour
  3. Rub in until the mixture resembles bread crumbs
  4. Mix in the water to create a soft dough
  5. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently to bring the dough together
  6. Roll into a rectangle and position the dough longways
  7. Mark off into thirds
  8. Dot 35g of the butter onto the top 2 thirds
  9. Fold the bottom third over the middle third
  10. Fold the top third over this
  11. Pinch the edges together
  12. Place onto a lightly floured plate and put into the fridge for 15 minutes
  13. Roll out into a rectangle, making sure you roll it the opposite way to before
  14. Position the dough longways and mark off into thirds
  15. Dot 40g of the butter onto the top 2 thirds
  16. Fold the bottom third over the middle third
  17. Fold the top third over this
  18. Pinch the edges together
  19. Place onto a lightly floured plate and put into the fridge for 30 minutes
  20. Roll out into a rectangle, making sure you roll it the opposite way to before
  21. Position the dough longways and mark off into thirds
  22. Dot 35g of the butter onto the top 2 thirds
  23. Fold the bottom third over the middle third
  24. Fold the top third over this
  25. Pinch the edges together
  26. Place onto a lightly floured plate and put into the fridge for 15 minutes
  27. Roll out into a rectangle, making sure you roll it the opposite way to before
  28. Position the dough longways and mark off into thirds
  29. Fold the bottom third over the middle third
  30. Fold the top third over this
  31. Pinch the edges together
  32. Place onto a lightly floured plate and put into the fridge for 30 minutes
  33. Roll out and use as needed

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36 thoughts on “Recipe For Flaky Pastry

  1. What a beautiful pie with such gorgeous flaky pastry. Your instructions for folding it make all of the difference, thank you for sharing and inspiring me Tandy 😀

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    1. My pleasure Merryn 🙂

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  2. Love your buttery flaky pastry, although will admit, I often (always) purchase it. Ha! Might actually make it now I have a recipe I know will work. 🙂
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    1. Ha ha, with your working hours I don’t blame you 🙂

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  3. Ooh, looks good! I wonder if it would work in a quiche?

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    1. I would try it for sure 🙂

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  4. There is an art to making good pastry, and this looks perfect! Definitely a gamble worth sharing. Love it.
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    1. Thanks Serina 🙂

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  5. Love flaky pastry! Great recipe, Tandy.

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    1. Thanks Sylvia 🙂

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  6. This pastry look absolutely delicious. There is nothing better than getting the pastry all perfect. Your pictures tell a great story.
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    1. Thank you for the compliment Rosemary 🙂

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  7. I will be saving this recipe for my future pastry baking sessions. Thanks alot

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    1. My pleasure Gary 🙂

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  8. It’s great to have an alternative to puff pastry. Thanks for sharing.
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    1. My pleasure Rosemarie 🙂

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  9. That pastry does look incredibly flaky! I’d love to know your apple pie filling recipe as well- hope you get around to posting it! 🙂
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    1. I will post it soon *promise* 🙂

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  10. I hope your gamble pays off! 🙂 You cannot have too many pastry recipes. Especially lovely flaky ones like this!
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    1. Thanks Krista, I am collecting them 🙂

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  11. I have never made my own pastry, as even some of the top chefs say the store bought one is just as good. But I do want to try making it myself.

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    1. It is so worth making your own 🙂

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  12. You’re brave to make pastry in this heat Tandy!! I tried doing a chocolate sculpture and it melted before I could take a photo! 🙁
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    1. I would have cried!

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  13. Wow, I love flaky pastries!! Another eye-catching and yummy recipe, Tandy.
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    1. Thank you for the compliment Anu 🙂

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  14. Never thought of you as such a gambler 🙂 I am disconnected from cable now, all online. This sounds like a great pastry to try and O can think of so many fillings for it.
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    1. A lot of people we know are going with NetFlix and ShowMax which are online. But data is so expensive here that I am sticking to cable 🙂

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  15. I am always looking for flaky pastry recipes! I would love to try it with apple pie!
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    1. Apple pie recipe to follow soon!

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  16. Nothing quite as good as home made pastry.

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    1. That’s my opinion as well Liz 🙂

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  17. Hi Tandy, looks like you really have outdone yourself in the pastry department, this looks fabulous!
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    1. Thank you Cheri 🙂

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  18. Nothing beats a lovely light buttery flaky pastry although I must confess, Woolies comes to my rescue.
    Have a wonderful afternoon.
    🙂 Mandy xo
    Mandy sharing the blog ♥ Corn BreadMy Profile

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    1. Sometimes, store bought is OK 😉

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