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Making little bilberry pies as part of a move to empty the freezer so I can defrost it.

I’m bad at pastry but this time I remembered the secret, which is to ignore literally everyone and just follow the instructions that came with my food processor.

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Finished pies. As you can see, I had a bit of an overfilling problem - or more accurately, I think I made the filling too stiff and inclined to bubble over. Bilberries have a lot of juice and I was trying to compensate with cornflour. Pastry was surprisingly good, though.

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@ghost_bird oh sweet, they held up well! would you consider sharing the recipe if you have the time?

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@sergeisilence Sure. Pastry:

250gm flour
125gm cold butter or margarine (I used a mix of butter and Trex)
Pinch of salt
3 tbs water

Put the flour and salt in the food processor. Blitz briefly to sift. Add the fat, cut into small chunks, and blitz again until it looks like breadcrumbs. Add the water and process for 20-30 seconds or until the pastry rolls itself up into a ball. Shape into a disk, wrap in clingfilm, and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

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@sergeisilence The filling was improvised - I just tipped a bag of frozen bilberries into a pan on a medium heat and added cornflour and sugar until it looked and tasted right.

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