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Maggie Beer

May 30, 2017

Blind baking pastry, that is initially baking an unfilled pastry case at a high temperature before adding the filling, achieves a much better result in terms of flavour and preventing sogginess. To blind bake, wrap rolled-out pastry around a rolling pin, then gently unroll it over a prepared tart tin, pressing the pastry into the base and sides of the tin. Prick the base with a fork, then chill in the fridge for 20 minutes to help prevent shrinkage. Line the pastry case with foil and cover with pastry weights or dried beans and bake in a 200C preheated oven for 12 - 15 minutes. -MB

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