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Mum's All-Purpose Pastry

Mum's pastry

The video above shows you how to make 1/4 of the amount of pastry of the recipe below, and make it into a treacle tart.

This recipe makes enough pastry for about 6 average pies. Freeze the excess for later.

Ingredients

2kg or 4lb 6oz self-raising flour
1kg or 2lb 3oz butter or margarine
6 Eggs, with a little water

For Sweet Pastry:
2 cups white sugar

For Savoury Pastry:
3tsp salt

Method

Rub sugar (or salt), flour and margarine together until it feels like bread-crumbs.

Add egg water and mix gently until combined.

This pastry can be used for:

Treacle Tart. Fill the base of the pie with corn-flakes and treacle, make a grid design on top with pastry "sausages" bake in a moderate oven (190 degrees C or 325 degrees F) until pastry is browned slightly.

Jam Tart. Fill the base of the tart with jam, make a grid design on top with pastry "sausages" bake in a moderate oven until pastry is browned slightly.

Apple Pie. Blind bake the base of the pie, fill with cooked apple and cover with a pastry "lid".
Bake in a moderate oven until pastry is browned slightly.

The savoury version of this pastry is perfect for a different variation of the Steak and Kidney Pie