These are one of my favourite snacks to serve, er not to serve by themselves but to serve with all sorts of fillings! I usually make them a day in advance, then prepare the filling on the day of the dinner / lunch and voila an easy snack is done!
Now I know pastry is a huge detrrent, it used to scare the hell out of me, but over the years its become one of the easiest things that I know how to make. I guess what they say is right – practice makes perfect! Well dunno, how perfect the pastry I make is, but its not too bad.
150 gm plain flour (maida)
75 gm butter / margerine
a few tbsp of cold water
Cut butter into small pieces while still cold and then rub these pieces into the flour till the flour resembles bread crumbs.
Add water and mix till it starts to come together as a dough. Knead it for a minute and then wrap it incling wrap and then leave it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Roll out a small piece of dough into a round shape and then use a cookie cutter to cut a round circle sligthly larger than the baking mould that you are going to use.
Now put these lined moulds into the fridge for half hour, this ensures that when you bake the pastry does not shrink. Of course the best way to ensure that is to use egg instead of water while kneading the dough but then in India lots of vegetarians don’t have egg even in cakes / pastries etc so I prefer using water.
After 30 minutes, take the moulds out and set them to bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degree for 20 minutes. Take out and let them cool. Fill and serve with a filling of your choice!!