Shortcrust Pastry (the second)

This is my favourite recipe of the two. Although the other one might be lighter and crumblier, this one is great for pies.

It’s taken from the first ever Italian cookbook, the world famous Artusi, written in 1891. I love it because it makes a perfect dough every time!

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It has to be crumbly, so the first thing you do is mix the butter, sugar and flour with your hands until you have a crumb consistency, as below. Artusi uses icing sugar and so do I, but if you prefer white sugar I suggest you whizz it in the blender to break the crystals and make it finer.



Then, you add the eggs.


At this point you have to be careful not to “cook” the eggs with the heat of your hands. If you’re working in summer in Spain in a non-airconditioned kitchen, I suggest you leave all the ingredients and the bowl in the fridge overnight. That will at least give you a few degrees of buffer when you start working!


Et voila! At the end of the kneading you should have a moist, tasty (yes, taste it! If your ingredients are fresh there’s nothing you should be scared of!) dough. Now, wrap it in cling film and leave it in the fridge at least half an hour before you start working on it.



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I am permanently in love. Things I like: purple, pasta, silk, autumn, the smell of mould, candles, cachi, having friends, water, new things, rice, eggs (all eggs!), fresh grass, olive trees, shiny things, glitter, hanging objects, windcatchers, wind, couscous, wasabi, carnivores, presents, snow, leaves, orchids, feathers, cappelletti, meat, fruit (all fruit), more del gelso (Morus alba L.), pigs, candles, christmas, polenta fritta!, separating egg whites from yokes in my hands, cartoons, dragons, the ocean, nudibranchi, cows, mercury (the metal), cosmos (the flowers), thunderstorms, Mika, turtles, acquariums, green and blue (mixed), siccamores, spring, snails, 24, porc with a sweet sauce (apple, cranberry, tomatoes jam), looking at a swimming pool upsidedown and underwater, english accent, open-minded people, driving, blue skies, checkered tablecloths, butterflies, books and cartoons in rhyme, painting eggs, the star-shadows that football players have, silver, laughing, Vivaldi, bells and chimes, white and purple, creating. Complete Happiness: Early morning. Sun, with a breeze; a pond with water lilies. A house, with a garden, full of plants. A vegetable patch, lemon, orange and mandarin trees. Cosmos everywhere. Birds in the trees; a tortoise eating the salad from the vegetable patch; a mammal (I couldn’t decide which one would make me happier) close by. No houses for as far as the eye can see. Me, a man that loves me and that I love. Friends coming over for a lunch that I have to prepare, and have all the ingredients for all ready in the kitchen.

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