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Why does my shortcrust pastry always shrink horrendously when I blind bake it?

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moondog Sun 31-Mar-13 15:54:57


RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sun 31-Mar-13 15:55:58

I think it just does. Leave an overhang and then trim it when part done?

moondog Sun 31-Mar-13 15:57:05

Even when I do that it does? Am I meant to leave it to rest or chill again or what?
I'm a good cook but I can't xcope with pastry.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sun 31-Mar-13 15:57:33

No idea then, sorry.

moondog Sun 31-Mar-13 15:58:38

Im doomed to always create embarrassing creations.

CoolaSchmoola Sun 31-Mar-13 15:58:56

Pastry shrinks when it's over worked.

MoreBeta Sun 31-Mar-13 16:01:05

Chill in the tin in fridge before baking.

Then bake on Gas 6 with grease proof baking paper and weighed down with 1p pieces for 15 mins then take out paper and cook for another 5 mins to dry bottom.

You only need to dry the pastry - not cook it.

Then fill and bake at much lower temp (eg Gas 3 or 4) according to your recipe.

moondog Sun 31-Mar-13 16:04:52

Ok, thanks for tips. Will give it a whirl.

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