Are you good at making pastry? Or are you frustrated by many failed attempts? In my teens I couldn't make decent pastry even though my mum was (and still is) a great baker. Here is a recipe given to me by a college friend which has never failed and is also delicious. I apologize for the non-metric weights, but I'm sure you could easily adapt to metric.

Choose the amount of pastry you need from the following:

Soft (Stork) margarine. Flour (either plain or SR) Tablespoons of hot water 4oz. 6oz. 1 5oz. 8oz. . 2 8oz. 12oz. 3 10oz. 16oz. 4

If you have a food processor, put in all the chosen ingredients and process until combined. Otherwise -

Blend with a fork the marg, water and a third of the flour until combined. Add remaining flour and combine thoroughly.

Knead and wrap in cling film. Put into the fridge for 30 minutes. Roll out on a floured board.

Bake at 200°c on the second shelf from the top. (I find it works well on any shelf in a fan oven.)

This recipe makes scrumptious mince pies.

Happy baking! : )