Good morning everyone,
The other day I went on a pastry binge. People in my house were so excited! Pie, they cried! Yay, says they! Lots and lots of pie! What?!? It’s for the neighbours? Why would you tempt us with pie and then take the dream away?
We are blessed with the nicest neighbours on both sides of us and this week, they’ve been helping me with some very heavy, very hard but very needed work on our driveway. The best way I know to say thank you for something so kind is to bake treats, so the neighbours are getting pies and turnovers.
And I’ll even make a pie for my own family, since they’re pretty freaking awesome as well… and I secretly fear their mutiny…
To make all these treats, I made a vegetarian pie crust, a rough puff pastry and old-fashioned puff pastry – just to keep thing mixed up a little.
Rough Puff Pastry
2 cups pastry flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, at room temperature (not too soft), cut into small pieces
2/3 cup water
In a large bowl, sift together the pastry flour and salt. Rub in the butter well but you still want to see small pieces of butter. Add up to 2/3 cup water to make a slightly sticky dough that holds together well.
Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and allow it to rest for at least 20 minutes in the refrigerator before using.
Freeze the dough, if not using soon.
Use as directed by your recipe.