Did you know this week is British Pie Week (4th-10th March)?
Whether it's short crust or puff pastry, we just love pie. However, making your own pastry can seem a daunting prospect. That's why we've spoken to Pastry Expert at Pukka Pies, Maxine Hood, who is sharing her top tips on what you can do to create the perfect puff pastry.
"Making your own puff pastry can be daunting, even though the experts make it look so easy on shows like Bake Off".
"There are five key things to remember when you’re crafting your own, so you can create a deliciously crisp, flaky pastry to encase a sumptuous filling."
1. Make sure you're working in a cool environment. As your hands will get hot as they work, you should remember to keep them cool by running them beneath the cold water tap, and then pat them dry before you handle the pastry.
2. After making the pastry dough, you should put it in the fridge between folding.
3. Keep the dough and butter (or margarine) at a similar temperature, as this will provide a good layer formation.
4. Layers are key here - the more folds that are in the pastry dough, the more layers you achieve in your pastry. This gives you a controlled lift, and results in light, crispy pastry.
5. Try cooking your pastry at around 200°c (180°c fan oven). If you preheat your oven beforehand, you can make sure you get a golden brown pastry finish.
Tips courtesy of Pukka Pies