Baking pastry often create left overs. Make sure you do not waste any, by turning scraps into delicious treats. If you have any kids around, get them involved in cutting out cookie shapes, making pizzas, cheesy breadsticks . . Alternatively, as I found in the past, left over pastry also makes wonderful play dough that will keep them entertained for hours :).
Here are three of my favourite ways to use left over pastry dough, alongside with some extra recipe ideas below. Have fun!
When you have enough leftover pastry dough to make another tart or pie, the easiest thing to do is to freeze it. Simply wrap it in cling film, mark it with the date and stick it in the freezer. It is best to use frozen pastry within 3 months as quality will decline over time. To be extra safe, I avoid re-freezing previously frozen pastry dough.
Make Mini Tarts / Pizzas / Quiches
If you have mini tins, you can use the extra dough to make mini tarts, quiches or pizzas. Kids usually love the individual pies and they also great addition to lunch boxes. Simply line the tins with pastry and use some extra filling. This works for both sweet or savoury recipes and with all types of pastry.
If you do not have enough filling, simply make some more. First, make a flan base by beating some cream and 1 to 2 eggs together in a bowl.
For a sweet pastry, put an apple or pear (previously peeled, cored and sliced) on top of the pastry. Add sugar to the flan base plus vanilla or cinnamon if you wish. Pour flan base over the fruit and bake together with you main pie for 15-20 mins.
For a savoury option, use leftover vegetables or meat. If you do not have any cooked vegetables, just use grated courgette, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes etc.. Add cheese, seasoning and herbs to the flan base and fill the mini quiche tins. Here again bake together with you main pie for 15-20 mins.
Other alternative fillings you can use include jam, chutney, mincemeat etc…
Mini pizzas are easily put together by adding your favourite topping on top of puff pastry. (see Just-Rol recipe link below).
Biscuits and Snacks
Left over pastry can also be transformed in delicious sweet / savoury biscuits or snacks. Just roll out the dough sprinkle with cheese or sugar. Fold and roll again. Cut out in shapes, sticks etc..
Place cut out dough on an oven tray lined with baking sheet. Sprinkle with extra cheese / sugar if desired. Cook at the bottom of the oven with you main tart or pie for 10-15 mins or so until golden.
Additional ideas for savoury biscuits: herbs (thyme, rosemary etc..), pesto, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, tomato paste, seeds (poppy, sesame etc..).
Additional ideas for sweet biscuits: cinnamon, ginger, mixed spices etc…
What is your favourite way to use left over pastry? Share your tips below in the comments box.