Light crispy pastry ideal for pies



450g cake flour

Pinch salt

350g butter or margarine

250ml cold water with a squeeze of lemon juice (approximate)



  1. Mix the flour and salt in a mixing bowl, divide the butter into four portions on a plate. Put one quarter into the flour and rub it in.


  1. Mix to a pliable dough with lemon juice and cold water and turn onto a lightly floured surface. Knead well.


  1. Roll into an oblong about 36 x 15cm keeping the sides quite straight and the top flat.


  1. Mark the pastry into three equal portions with cutting it up. Dot the second quarter of butter over the top two-thirds, then fold the bottom third up over the middle and the top third down.


  1. Seal the open ends with a rolling pin and give the pastry a quarter turn so that the folded end is to the right or left.


  1. Repeat numbers 3, 4 and 5 with the remaining two quarters of butter. Cover and chill after each rolling.


  1. Roll out once more and fold up as before, cover and leave in a cold place for at least 30 minutes before use.



Cook’s Tips:

  •  Always take care to roll out the pastry away from you and do not break the air bubbles that will rise.
  • Ensure the butter used is cold and hard, if necessary chill for 20 minutes after dividing into four portions.
  •  If the butter comes through the pastry and sticks to the surface put the mixture back in the fridge to harden as the butter has become too soft with rolling and handling.
  •  If the pastry rises unevenly, it may be due to the pastry being badly rolled and folded. When rolling keep sides straight and always fold into a true oblong.



About Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights

Cape Malay Home Cooking made easy. The Muslim community has also had a large influence on the cooking of South Africa. Cape Malay cuisine is delicious. It usually consists of a combination of fruit, spices, vegetables and meat. Using my cooking know how to inspire everyone to cook the food they love. Here you will find tried and tested simple and delicious recipes for relaxed home cooking that go far beyond baking. From easy soups and roasts to delicious breads, deserts, stews, etc… All the recipes seen here are prepared in my kitchen with photos taken by my family and me. So please don’t expect professional photography or styling, it’s just the way we have our meals on a normal day! My motto is: "Give a man a plate of food and you've fed him for the day. Teach a man to cook and you feed him for a lifetime" - Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights Facebook@www.facebook.com/capemalaycooking https://capemalaycooking.wordpress.com/ https://twitter.com/CapeMalayCooks www.youtube.com/capemalaycooking

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