The Best Chocolate Shortcrust Pastry

Shortcrust pastry is a b-e-a-utiful thing. It’s homely, it’s great to make, it’s simple and it’s versatile. From the decadent to the classic to the fun. I thought I’d show you guys a fool-proof way of creating the most crumbly, delicate pastry ever.

I’ve always made pastry the classic way – the rubbing of the butter and flour together to create breadcrumbs and to be honest, results have often been mixed. This led me to research the best ways to create the perfect pastry and I learned about the creaming method. This is exactly how it sounds – you cream the butter and sugar together before adding the flour and water. I’ll be honest with you: it’s a game changer.

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Chocolate Orange Mousse Tarts

Chocolate Mousse is a childhood favourite of mine. I remember I always had a mousse in my lunchbox at primary school and sometimes I loved the fluffy, airy texture and sometimes I liked beating it with my spoon so it was this thick, rich dessert. This mousse falls somewhere in the middle.
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