Friday, April 29, 2011

It’s Official.

Pasties are not my friend. Unless I am eating them.

Okay.. wait.. the other official news in that Prince William has married Kate Middleton. So we have a new Princess. And although I wasn’t to gaga about the wedding, the bug bite me last night. I wanted to see her dress, I wanted to see the chemistry between them. I wanted to eat British food. See where that went? Wedding…dress…food…? Okay, moving on.

Turns out I did a cooking class in my first year of high school. I had to either do cooking, sewing or art. I choice art for the rest of my high school years because my goodness, cooking was just not my forte. :/

I dug around for my old Food and Nutrition class note book. Voila!

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Yeah… I still have it. Looks as if I really was attentive in class. Colored the banner and shield with my red pen. Cute.

Anyway, I decided to make something quick and British. Most of the recipes in my Food and Nutrition class book are British as was my teacher Ms Grey.

Cheese and Onion Pasties.  Oh yum. These things were delicious! Oh I was happy cause I was about to make me something British and delighful and in celebration of the Royal nuptials!

FAIL!!!

I am not great at dough. I think I don’t go into making it with a positive attitude so it bombs on me from inception. Anyway, I tried. And I will keep trying. Usually my problem is that the butter melts in my hands and I never get the breadcrumb effect when I rub it in the flour mixture. This time.. that didn’t happen. It was perfect! But.. my dough was brittle. I added more cold water to it but I felt like I was going to destroy the texture of the dough. Anyway, I somehow got through it and made something to resemble a dough like consistency!

Then I put my pasties in the oven only to pull them out and see that my seams busted.

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Oozing out of the seams was cheese and onion. Onion and cheese oozing. Although this sounds delicious it just didn’t look pretty.

My faith in my dough making abilities dwindled more.

It won’t stop me though. I love a challenge. I will keep doughing until I get it right. In the meantime.. you must try these delicious cheese and onion pasties.

Shortcrust Pastry Recipe:

source: the food and nutrition class of Ms Grey

1 cup all purpose flour

2 tbsp margarine (I used butter)

2 tbsp shortening

1/4 tsp salt

2 to 3 tablespoons ice cold water.

Directions:

Sift flour and salt into a bowl

Add in margarine and shortening and cut it in with a round bladed knife.

Rub in with fingertips until mixture looks like breadcrumbs.

Add 2 tbsp water and stir with knife. If it doesn’t start to bind(form into large lumps) then add a little more water.

When the mixture starts to bind, gather together by hand and form into a smooth ball.

Wrap up in cling wrap and set in fridge or use immediately for recipe of your choice.

Cheese and Onion Pasties Recipe:

source: the food and nutrition class of Ms Grey

 

1 cup Shortcrust Pastry

2 ounces of grated cheese

1 small onion, chopped

salt and pepper to taste

1 beaten egg

 

Directions

Roll out pastry to 1/8 thick and cut into 6 circles (use the lid of a jar as a guide)

Chop onion and mix with grated cheese and half of beaten egg

Add salt and pepper

Damp the edges of the pastry circles and divide the mixture evenly into the centre of each

Bring the edges together and press firmly to seal and pinch or flute to neaten

Brush sides with beaten eggs to glaze and prick once or twice.

Place on lightly greased baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes to lightly brown.

 

For your Pastry Kings and Queens out there that make this recipe.. please feel free to share the link to a picture and share tips in my comments! I love a tip or two or three :)

And do enjoy it. These were DELICIOUS!! It was quite fitting to have these in honor of our new Royal Highness!

1 comment:

  1. LOL! can't believe you still have a WA note book!!! i remember making those with Ms. Grey too... thanks for the flash back :)

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