Wednesday, 10 March 2010

A Pie For Grannymar

My Blogging friend Grannymar has a dairy intolerance. I know she uses 'Pure' which is a dairy free spread. I wondered if it could be used for making pastry instead of my usual butter and white fat. My other half gets terrible indigestion with pastry and I was unsure whether it was the fat or the dairy part. I decided to experiment. Unfortunately it would seem it's the fat causes my hubby's problems but Grannymar if you like pastry this works very well. It does make the dough very short so a bit footery to work with but the result was lovely short crisp pastry. The filling in the picture is mango and pear. I needed to use them up. It made a gorgeous filling. Worth repeating I think. I always use the same pastry recipe. It came from my Aunt who is in her nineties and her pastry recipe was always a closely guarded secret until fairly recently. It makes the crispest pastry ever.
So Grannymar enjoy your pie.


225g /8oz Self Raising flour (If using plain add a teaspoon of baking powder)
100gms/4oz butter
50gms/2 oz white fat
1 tablespoon icing sugar
Milk to bind

I do my pastry in the food processor
Whizzing the flour and icing sugar together
Add the fats and whizz until like fine breadcrumbs
Then add a little cold milk to combine (It will form a ball)
Add the milk in very small amounts. Easy to add hard to take away and you don't want soggy pastry dough. It should be quite firm
If doing by hand, rub the fats into the flour with your finger tips until it looks like fine breadcrumbs and then stir in a little milk to combine.
Wrap the dough in a plastic bag or cling film and pop in the fridge to rest for a little while.

This amount will make a dinner plate sized tart.


Joie de vivre said...

That looks so flaky and crisp!

Gloria said...

Dear Brenda Im happy you post again. This pie look absolutely georgeous and yummy, huggsss, gloria

Mary said...

Seems so delicious too me this pie , yummy!

Grannymar said...

What a treat to have a pie made for me and with two of my favourite fruits.

I will certainly give it ago.

Thank you Brenda.

Lucie said...

I am huge fan of your pastry recipe, I have used it countless times since I tried it first back in September. I have also tried your 'Oaties' recipe - boy were they good :) I am glad you're back blogging! thanks for your kind message over at my blog. Lucie x

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A lovely pie! I make my pastry with butter and lard...



Brownieville Girl said...

I love old family recipes, and look forward to trying your pastry soon.

Congratulations on making it to the next stage of the Irish blog awards:-}

Rhyleysgranny said...

JdV - It was. I love pastry and love making it. I just don't get to eat it as often as I like.

Gloria - Thank you x

Mary - Thank you. I'll be popping over to your blog soon

Grannymar - Fancy I managed your favourite fruits. They were lovely in the pie.

Lucie- I am so glad you have had success with the recipe. Loads of people have tried it and love it too. It just seems to work so well. x

Rosa - Ah another fat fan.

BvG - Do try it. You won't be disappointed.
Thanks re the awards. I am still reeling. So exciting. Just getting to the second round is great. I'd never have thought it.

Joy said...

What a gorgeous pie! What a lovely gift to a friend!

Bridgett said...

This looks brilliant and the oozing filling also looks amazing.