Easiest homemade pastry

This savoury, flaky pastry is easy to make and can be used in place of both puff or shortcrust pastry

Less than 30 minutes

Makes 1 tart case

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (300g) flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4-5 sprigs fresh rosemary or thyme, chopped, or 1 tsp (5ml) dried Italian mixed herbs
  • 1 cup (250g) ice-cold butter, cubed
  • ½ cup (125g) plain cream cheese or sour cream

Method:

  1. Combine flour, salt and herbs in a bowl or food processor.
  2. Add butter and use your fingertips to rub it into the flour (or pulse in a food processor) until it resembles large breadcrumbs.
  3. Add cream cheese or sour cream and mix until a ball of pastry forms.
  4. Shape into a disc, wrap in clingfilm and chill for 15-20 minutes or until firm.
  5. Blind bake pastry first for quiches or tarts, or place raw on top of pie filling and bake for a savoury lid.

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