“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Pastry „
I find pastry incredibly easy to make. I tend to just make mine from scratch and it takes just a few minutes to make before I leave it for 30 minutes and then it is ready to roll out and be used. However, my husband seems to struggle more with making pastry. I'm not sure if this is because he measures the ingredients in a lazy 'that looks about right' fashion or something else but he tends to get on well with packet mixes instead. I usually have a shortcrust pastry mix in the house as then he can mix this up and whip up some chicken pies when and if he fancies surprising me when I get home from work or even just being nice and preparing something for dinner when we have a well deserved day off together.
I believe I paid around 75-80p for this mix but its been in the cupboard for a couple of months and as it was going to get forgotten about again and inevitably go out of date I decided to mix it up to make some chicken and gravy pies.
This mix is incredibly simple to make and so mixing it up took just a moment. All you need to do is add 8 to 9 tablespoons (15ml) of water and mix the dry ingredients together with the water. I added around 5 tablespoons and then gave this a rigorous mix before adding 1 tablespoon at a time to ensure that I got the perfect consistency before I potentially made this too sticky and then had to add more flour which I had basically run out of (another reason for using this instead of making my own!). I needed to knead this quite a bit because it was ready to roll out and I actually made a large ball and left it in cling film for about 30 minutes while I prepared my chicken and onions. Once it was time to roll this out I used the last few drizzles of flour I had in the bottom of the bag (kept for such purposes) and then I rolled this nice and flat before cutting out my pie shapes. I just trace around my individual pie tins two times for each pie (one shape for the inside of the tray and one for the top of the pie.
With this quantity I find that there is enough for two reasonable sized pies as well as decorations for the top. There was a small amount of pastry left so I discarded this as it wasn't enough to make another pie and I couldn't think of anything else to use it for at the time. I brushed the pastry with a beaten egg (the whole egg beaten together), I brushed the inside of the pie dish and both sides of each piece of pastry (two for each pie) with the beaten egg and this helped the pies to brown nicely and also it prevented them from sticking to my individual pie tins.
I must say that this pastry is delicious. It is just as nice, well almost, as any pastry that I make from scratch and my husband loves this, probably because we normally use this for chicken pies - his favourite pie (and mine!). It is simple and convenient to use and the price is very reasonable too. This pastry is nice and flaky without breaking up too much and the quality is great.
In all I feel that this pastry mix is fantastic value. The ingredients don't cost much more than if I put them together myself and it makes life and dinner that little bit easier and quicker. My husband can use these easily and has no problems making chicken pies either. The pies cook well, just as well as when made with home made pastry, and overall I am going to give this pastry mix a 5 out of 5!
My mum makes wicked pastry and it doesn't take her long but when she was running out of the door to work the other day she shouted through that my sister had brought a LOAD of cooking apples home from her mates and I might want to make a pie with them. A pie???? Bleeding hell, I didn't know where to start but I looked online and wrote a list of things I'd have to buy.
I was scared of making pastry so when I saw this pack of Shortcrust Pastry Mix I brought a pack because it was only 65p and I knew it would probably come out better than anything I could make myself! lol
It's dead easy, if you're using the whole pack you only need about 8 spoons of water and then mix it all together and knead it for a bit. Then you roll it out and use it like any other pastry, it's dead simple. I didn't make any mistakes but I deffo recommend you're careful about how much water you use because if you over do it there's no way to take the water back out and you'll end up with soggy and sticky pastry that might not cook properly.
Once you've made the pastry up you cook it for however long the recipe says, my apple pie took about 25 mins and the pastry looked wicked. It wasn't glossy or anything like that and thinking about it I should have probably brushed it with a bit of milk or something before putting it in the oven. It went a lovely golden brown colour and deffo looked like home made pastry.
The taste is delish, you'd never have thought this pastry come from a powder mix! lol It cooks soft and buttery, when you cut or bite it a load of crumbs fall off the pastry and that shows to me that it's good quality and like I said it's nothing like I would have expected from a packet.
I deffo recommend this pastry mix if you're like me and can't cook pastry.... or wouldn't REALLY know where to start! lol Even if you're in a rush and haven't got time to make pastry from scratch then I reckon you should get a bag of this and see how you get on..... I think it even worked out cheaper than me having to buy all the stuff to make my own pastry!