There are many different types of pastry dough that can be made with a wide variety of ingredients. For this recipe, we will create an extremely rich and buttery pastry dough with self-raising flour. Self-raising flour is a type of all-purpose flour or cake flour that has added baking powder for extra leavening.
Why you should make pastry dough
Making your own pastry dough is not as daunting as it may seem. Nor does it require a lot of special equipment. In fact, all you really need is a bowl, a wooden spoon, some elbow grease and self-raising flour.
Self-raising flour contains baking powder which gives the dough its light and fluffy texture. The end result is a rich and buttery pastry that melts in your mouth. store-bought dough simply cannot compare.
Here are some additional reasons why you should make your own pastry dough:
You control the ingredients: When you make your own pastry, you know exactly what goes into it. This is important if you have food allergies or are trying to avoid certain ingredients.
You can make it ahead of time: Pastry dough can be made in advance and refrigerated or frozen for later use. This is great for busy weeknights or last-minute entertaining.
It’s cheaper: Making your own pastry is less expensive than buying it pre-made from the store.
How to make pastry dough with self raising flour
Making your own pastry dough is not as daunting as it may seem. This recipe for rich and buttery pastry dough uses self-raising flour, making it quick and easy to prepare. Follow these simple steps and you will have delicious pastry dough ready to use in all your favorite recipes.
1. Sift the self-raising flour into a large bowl. Add a pinch of salt and stir to combine.
2. Cut the cold butter into small cubes and add it to the flour mixture. Use your fingers or a pastry cutter to work the butter into the flour until it resembles coarse crumbs.
3. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the cold water. Stir with a fork until the dough comes together. If it seems too dry, add a little more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it comes together.
4. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead briefly until it comes together into a smooth ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before using.
Tips and Tricks for making pudding buns
1. Preheat your oven to the correct temperature before you begin baking. This will help ensure that your buns rise correctly.
2. When measuring the flour, be sure to use the spoon and level method. Do not scoop the flour out of the container with the measuring cup as this will lead to too much flour being used and result in dense buns.
3. If you find that your dough is too sticky, simply add a bit more flour until it reaches the desired consistency. Be careful not to add too much or your buns will be dry.
4. Be sure to roll out the dough evenly so that your buns are of uniform size and shape. This will also help ensure even baking.
5. If you want truly fluffy pudding buns, be sure to let them cool completely before serving. The heat from the bun will cause the pudding filling to deflate slightly, so it’s best to enjoy them at room temperature or chilled straight from the fridge
Making and storing pastry dough
Making and storing pastry dough is easy if you follow a few simple tips. When making the dough, use cold butter and self-raising flour for a light and fluffy texture. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour until it forms a soft ball. Once the dough is made, wrap it in cling film and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest.
When you’re ready to use the dough, Simply roll it out on a lightly floured surface until it’s about ½cm thick. Then use it to line your chosen pie dish or tin. Prick the base of the pastry several times with a fork before blind baking for 10 minutes at 200C/180C fan/gas 6. This will help to prevent the pastry from shrinking when you add your filling.
Now that you know how to make self-raising pastry dough, you can start whipping up all sorts of delicious treats. This dough is perfect for making pies, pastries, tarts, and more. So get creative in the kitchen and see what you can come up with! We’re sure your results will be delicious.