what's the best and simplest way to make pastry ? I've never made my own and want to try.
Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.
What sort of pastry do you have in mind? For a pie, for example?
Pegeen is a trusted home cook.
The pie crust recipe from SmittenKitchen.com, "Pie Crust 101." It incorporates the vodka trick (which really works) from Cook's Illustrated and another good tip for rolling out the crust between two sheets of plastic wrap.
Specifically for pie crust, cream cheese recipes are the most novice-friendly.
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