Our friends are having a “Christmas in July” party today, and I offered to make fruit mince pies, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to show you this clever technique I saw on TV years ago.
The usual method involves rolling out the pastry (which can stick to the counter or rolling pin, and tear), cutting out rounds, then trying to fit them into the muffin tray (usually resulting in more tearing), and trying to remove folds in the pastry.
No more! Me to the rescue!
You need a wooden pestle:
Cut it into strips, then into cubes:
Dip the pestle into flour, shake/rub off the excess, or dip the palm of your hand in flour, and use it to coat the pestle with flour:
It’s very quick and gives you very evenly-shaped and -sized cases.