150g butter, cut into small cubes
2 (or more) tablespoons iced water
The technique is the same as for Sweet Shortcrust Pastry.
I make this in a food processor - there's no difference that I can see from the one made in the processor to the one made by hand. Time is a valuable commodity so when you can save some, take it.
What's more important is what you do after you make the pastry - you must let it rest to allow the gluten to relax - leaving it overnight would be best. When you've rolled it and moulded it around you tin - you must let it rest again, to stop shrinkage.
The iced water is very important as this keeps the mixture cold and helps retard gluten development. I place water in a metal bowl and fill it with ice cubes - this ensures the coldest water possible.
To make the pastry add the flour and butter into the processor bowl. Using pulse, process until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Taking 1 tablespoon of iced water at a time add it to the mixture, process briefly after each. This batch needed 4 tablespoons of water before it started to form a ball. Each batch will be different.
Once it forms a ball, take it out and place on a very lightly floured board. Knead briefly and pat into shape - this has been formed into a rectangle as it's the shape of the tin I'll be using.
Wrap in baking paper and store in the fridge.
Tagged with Savoury Food : Pastry