Pastry made with oil is light, short and rather wonderful
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Making pastry with oil

Before we go into making any of the dishes involving pastry, a word about making it.  I have been making pastry since I was a child as it was one of the ways Mum made things stretch, meat pies with not much meat in them and lots of vegetables, apple pies to fill us up and rhubarb pies with rhubarb from the garden together with custard so thick you could slice it.

Mmmmmm  (Birds custard that is, not proper egg custard :))

Which fat to use?

Usually when making pastry, some kind of solid fat is used as shortening. Butter, lard, hard margarine or blocks of shortening sold especially for making pastry. But on the Meal Plans on this site, we don’t usually have enough solid fat to spare to make pastry with, so I will be using a technique I learned, to make pastry using the vegetable oil that we will have available

When I was involved with the £100 a month plan over on www.cheap-family-recipes.org.uk , and we needed to make pastry, but only had oil, no solid fat, I was up for the challenge.

How To Make It

If you are familiar with making pastry, you will know that usually you have to add the minimum of  liquid to keep a pastry short, otherwise it can go rubbery and unpleasant. With oil pastry, my first thought was that it wouldn’t need any liquid as the oil would provide all the moisture needed. My goodness!  It was like trying to roll out a crumble topping!

After a lot of experimentation, I found that if I added almost as much water in ml as the oil, the flour sort of slurped it all up and became very compliant, rolling out beautifully.

So when you make this kind of pastry, put the flour and oil in a bowl, and almost as much water as oil, and just gently stir it with a spoon.Oil pastry stage 1

You can use this kind of pastry for most recipes using pastry. I’ve used cheapest vegetable oil, mild olive oil and extra virgin olive oil, all of which worked really well

 

making pastry with oil
 

pastry made with oil

Pastry Making

Pastry made with oil is light, short and rather wonderful
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Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Pudding
Cuisine: English
Keyword: budget meals, cheap family recipes, easy, vegan, vegetarian, versatile
Dietary Requirements: Dairy Free, Nut Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings
Cost per portion 17p
Calories: 403kcal
Author: Thrifty Lesley
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Ingredients

  • 100 ml water up to 100ml, you may not need it all
  • 100 ml oil 11p
  • 200 g flour self raising, 6p

Instructions

  • After a lot of experimentation when creating this recipe, I found that if I added almost as much water in ml as the oil, the flour sort of slurped it all up and became very compliant, rolling out beautifully.
  • So when you make this kind of pastry, put the flour and oil in a bowl,
    and add almost as much water as oil, and just gently stir it with a spoon.
    pastry made with oil
  • Add the water bit by bit, it will look a little like a batter at first.
    If you add too much water, the pastry is easily rescued by adding a
    little more flour, but if you are following the weekly plans, you may
    not have enough flour to spare from the weekly bag to do this and still
    have enough to make the other flour requiring dishes for the week,  so
    go slowly.
    pastry made with oil
  • The flour will bind everything together and you will have a soft ball of pastry dough, ready to roll out.
    pastry made with oil

Notes

You can rest it for a bit if you like, it helps the dough to relax and the gluten to develop. Or you can go straight into rolling it out. If there is enough water in it, it should roll out and stick together like this, like pastry made with solid fat
If you haven’t got it quite as amenable yet, don’t worry, everything that we make on these plans you can stick bits and pieces together in the pie tin etc, and it will taste just fine
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Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Pastry Making
Amount Per Serving
Calories 403 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 54mg2%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 5g10%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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