Sunday, May 6, 2012

whole wheat pastry

I have been meaning to finally share my pastry recipe with y'all, but in reality, so much of my pastry is done by eye, and in the notes I did take, everything is by weight, so it may not help you much! But whatever, if a thing is worth doing, it's worth doing badly, yes? As our dear G. K. would say.

So. Essentially, take the pastry recipe you always use. Measure whole wheat pastry flour instead. Work in the butter. Instead of water, add yogurt. If you don't have enough butter, use some cream cheese also. That is the easiest way for me to put it.

Amy's Basic Pastry

1 coffee mug full of WWPF (I buy bulk bags of flour and leave a mug in there, sorry if that seems quirky! It's like... 2 cups or so? A bit less?)
1/4 c cold butter
1/4 c cream cheese
4 tbsp yogurt (or sour cream, or cream, or WHOLE milk IF YOU HAVE NO OTHER OPTIONS)

If you don't know how to rub butter into flour or how to bake pastry, you'll want to google that as well - all I can claim to help with is the conversion to whole grain.

Pictured above is my take on Jamie Oliver's Toffee Apple Tart - IT WAS AMAZING. Sweetened condensed milk was double the price of unsweetened, for a reason I can't fathom, so I simmered 2 cans unsweetened condensed milk, 1/2 brown sugar, and about 1/4 c butter until it was toffee. YES.

I also took these pictures for you during the course of my experiments:

cottage cheese and cherry jam

more cottage cheese and cherry jam... but this time, with:

a cooked date-apricot filling on diced apples, and...

a vanilla glaze
One thing I did learn from this experiment, aside from the fact that WWPF is totally doable and delicious, is that IF you want to use white flour, for extra-special occasions, using just butter and cream cheese - no liquid - makes the most flaky, amazing pastry imaginable.


  1. ok. Now I have to get off my ass and claim my WWPF bag from Aubut at some point.

    1. lol Oh Sam sorry to break it to you but I would be very surprised if they still had it for you! At least call before you go, k??

  2. Amazing Amy. I think I am going to have to hire you as my personal chef.