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When to Use Pastry Flour (And How it Differs from Other Flours)

With so many choices available, I keep a wide selection of flours in my kitchen. Unbleached all-purpose white, whole wheat, cake flour, and even gluten-free. And then there’s pastry flour. But just what is pastry flour? And when should you use it instead of reaching for one of the other flours? Pastry flour has a …

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Why Pastry Cracks When Rolling (And How to Prevent or Fix It)

No matter what time of year it is, it’s always time for pastry! Berry tarts, a delicate pastry with custard cream, or a lattice apple pie – all are favorites with my family. And to make a delicious pastry treat, you need the perfect dough. But this is where things can sometimes go wrong. For …

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What to Do When Pastry is Too Crumbly (Fix in 5 Simple Steps)

You want to make a perfect pie crust. You read the recipe, you measure and mix and everything is looking great. Then, you go to roll the dough out on your work surface, and it just falls apart. The dough is no longer a nicely blended mass but a pile of pieces, all crumbling apart. …

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What is Short Dough (and How to Use it)?

You have probably noticed that the term “short” pops up a lot in baking contexts. Short dough, shortening, shortbread and short cake – it can be easy to confuse them, and not-so-easy to understand what each of them means. They are all related however, and here I will provide you with a brief explanation of …

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What’s the Difference Between Cake and Pastry?

Cakes and pastries. Whether home-made or bought from a store or bakery, forms of these sweet treats can be found in cultures across the globe – it seems that the soft spot we have for them is universal. You are not alone however if you have ever wondered what the difference is exactly between cakes …

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Different Types of Pastry and Their Uses

Pastry can be used to make so many wonderful sweet and savory foods, and a few pastry recipes should be a part of every home baker’s repertoire. It is important to use the right type of pastry for the right product and filling however, and with so many different types of pastry coming from cuisines …

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