Tarts to Tempt

Shortcrust Pastry :

This recipe makes the nicest shortcrust pastry, so, do as I say + you’ll never want to eat anyone else’s tart’s again :

Ingredients:  6oz Plain White Flour.                                                                                                                                                                         3oz  Flora white or similar soft fat.                                                                                                                                                       Sugar for the Tart + Caster Sugar for the top when it comes out of the oven.                                                                                   A pinch of Salt.                                                                                                                                                                                     1 glass/jug of cold water.                                                                                                                                                                     1 oven proof deep plate.                                                                                                                                                                     1 very small glass of milk + a pastry brush.

You will need a med / large baking bowl, an oven proof plate (either ceramic or glass) + a fork.

Method:  1st   –  Wipe the usable side of the plate all over with a small piece of the Flora white or similar.

2nd  –  Sieve the flour into the baking bowl, this really should be done from approx 12 inches above the rim of the                                   bowl.

3rd  –  Once all of the flour is in the bowl, sprinkle the pinch of salt into it, next place the 3oz of fat into the bowl on                                 top of the flour.

4th  –   With clean fingers (the preferred way, but you can wear thin rubber gloves for this, + no rings or bracelets or                                 you’ll end up having to wash them out with a toothbrush) start to rub the soft fat into the flour.

5th  –  When all of the fat is successfully rubbed in, pour in the water (a little at a time) and mix it with the flour, until it                              resembles a smooth ball of dough.

6th  –  Sprinkle a little flour on the surface you are using to roll out the ball of dough, also, rub the rolling pin with                                    some flour as well. Cut the ball of dough in two, making the side that will go on top of the filling slightly bigger,                            (it depends on the amount of filling you intend to use).

7th  –  Using the rolling pin, roll out the base side + place it on the greased plate.

8th  –  For an Apple tart, peel the cooking apples, then cut them into slices, place the slices of apples on top of the                                pastry making sure you leave space around the rim to press both sides of dough together, to seal the apples                              + their flavour in.

9th  –  Place the 2nd sheet of dough on top, pressing it down on the rim of the plate by using the fork, once you have                            this done, use a kitchen knife to cut off the spare pastry. Using the fork next, prick the pastry to allow excess                              heat to escape. Finally, using the pastry brush, paint the dough on top of the filling with the milk, this will give                              the pastry a lovely golden shade when it comes out of the oven.

10th  –  Preheat the oven to 200 degrees, place the tart on the middle shelf and bake for  approx 30mins – 45mins, or                               until the pastry is a gorgeous golden color. On taking it out of the oven place it on a wire tray to cool down.

The End.

My first day back at work!

I spent Monday + Tuesday at work, now I haven’t been at work in a long long time, and I must say I really enjoyed it. When I really get started (at the moment I am waiting for my police certificate to be completed) it will be for approx 3 days a week in the reception at the IWA office in Limerick. So I will still be able to do some writing the other days. I have 2 books so far, for sale on Amazon and one of them is also for sale on the Authorhouse site. Anyway it is a fine afternoon here in Limerick City, but I just have to comment on the jerk(s) who called in with the story of the young woman jumping off the bridge the other night into the Shannon. The emergency services were inaction for hours searching the river in the dark only to find out later that it was a bogus call. If that person(s) are identified they should be charged with theft, I believe that they robbed the emergency workers of peace of mind, the cost of all of the equipment they used on the night and the upheaval it caused to all the residents of the city listening to it all into the wee hours.

Single for the Holidays

Are you single for the holidays, cause Single Gal has put it perfectly for the time of year we are in!

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Luckily those moments are few and far between for me. Most of the time I revel in my singleness. It’s actually a great time of year to meet new people and form new relationships- platonic or romantic. I get plenty of time to say yes to parties with my friends when I want to go, and I can always make up an excuse if I don’t want to go.

I also have plenty of time to show the people I love how much I care about them. My life can get pretty busy, I…

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Its Christmas, tis the season to be jolly!!!!!!!

~post by Julie

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The writing book for the writer who’s read all the writing books. Klinkenborg is all about sentences. Make every sentence justify its existence. Let the unspoken between sentences speak for itself. This book is written in what I can best describe as free verse. There are no solid paragraphs, instead sentences whose line breaks come at Klinkenborg’s discretion. The result is a fluid reading experience that demonstrates what Klinkenborg preaches. I now keep this book on my kitchen table with three different bookmarks stuck inside to reference various passages as I work. BONUS: Get the whole gift set, including this book & other goodies. 


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