The Story of Crisco eBook

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Press these quickly together with the roller to inclose some air, and press paste across also in two or three places, making little ridges, thus preventing air which has been shut in, from forming into large bubble.  Roll out again, and repeat till remaining two parts of Crisco have thus been used.  At the last rolling, bring to required thickness; and if it needs widening as well as lengthening, turn it at right angles to its former position, and roll straight across it as before, a rule which, with flaky pastry, should always be observed, since, unlike the short pastries, its lightness suffers if rolled obliquely to the direction in which it has been folded.

Sufficient for two small pies.

Puff Pastry

1 teaspoonful salt 1 cupful Crisco 2 cupfuls flour 1 yolk of egg 2 teaspoonfuls lemon juice Cold water

Measure Crisco and set in cold place to chill it.  Sift flour and salt into basin, and add lemon juice.  Take a quarter of the Crisco, and rub it lightly into flour with finger tips until there are no lumps left.  Beat yolk of egg and add a little cold water, then add them to the flour, making them into a stiffish dough.  Turn this on to floured board, and work well with hands until it will no longer stick to fingers and forms a perfectly smooth dough.  Form into oblong piece and roll out to about half inch thickness.  The Crisco to be used should be as nearly, as possible of same consistency as the paste.

Form it into neat flat cake, and place in center of pastry.  Fold up rather loosely, and flat the folds with rolling-pin.  Place in refrigerator for ten minutes.  Then roll out pastry into long narrow strip, being careful that Crisco does not get through.  Fold exactly in three, press down folds, and lay aside in cool place or in refrigerator fifteen minutes.  This is called giving the pastry one “turn” and seven of these is the number required for this pastry.  The next time the pastry is rolled, place it with the joins at your right hand side, and open end’s towards you.  Give two “turns” this time, and again set aside in cool place for at least fifteen minutes.  Repeat this until pastry has had seven rolls in all.  The object of the cooling between the rolls is to keep Crisco and flour in distinct and separate layers, in which it is the function of the rolling-pin and folding to arrange them, and on which the lightness of the pastry depends.

When rolling, keep the pressure of the two hands as equal as possible.  If the pastry becomes rounded, it shows that there is more pressure being done on the rounded side than the other.  After it has received its last roll, it is better to be laid aside before using, then rolled to the thickness required.

Sufficient for two pies.

Rough Puff Pastry

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