Barbaras Quick and Easy Flaky Pastry

9oz Plain flour,
1 Level teaspoon salt, 

8oz Block of unsalted butter or margarine (straight from the fridge).
1 Dessertspoon lemon juice,
Cold water to mix,

Sieve flour and salt into a mixing bowl,
Coarsely grate the butter or margarine straight into the flour, dusting it occasionally with flour to keep the fat shreds separate,
Mix fat into flour with a knife, and add the lemon juice,
Add the water slowly, mixing with your hand so that you can feel the consistency of the dough, it should be smooth but not too stiff, pliable but not too sticky,
Wrap in greaseproof paper and leave in the fridge for 15 minutes, use as  required.

Roll out carefully, ensuring that the pastry is rolled and not squiddged out.

The shredded fat shreds should be visible in the rolled out pastry.
The pastry will keep for several days in the fridge wrapped in a polythene bag.

 

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