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    As you probably know, I have treated myself to a Kenwood, well, Himself finished up paying for it and cakes and bread are ok, but I'm struggling to make short crust pastry as good as my hand made, what proportions do folk use? I've tried in the processor too with the same result and it's a faff getting the processor out. Help please
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    I've not tried doing short crust pastry in the Kenwood, because it needs so little working, I'd be worried to over-work it. Processors definitely would overwork it for my liking.

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    Slow speed was recommended S, and it does work, but I'm sure it would be better if I could get the ratio of fat to flour right
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    Quote Originally Posted by SarrissUK View Post
    Hot water in the bowl, and a little spray or two of WD40 at the bottom of the bowl finally did the trick! And it unscrews anti-clockwise, for future reference lol
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    I don't add the liquid to the mixer in case of overworking, I do that bit by hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florence Fennel View Post
    Slow speed was recommended S, and it does work, but I'm sure it would be better if I could get the ratio of fat to flour right
    Out of interest, what recipe are you using? Is it because the fat gets warm while you're cutting it into the flour? Might you need less water because of that?
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    Usual half fat to flour Snoop - fat straight from the fridge cut into small pieces - it's the crumb stage I can't seem to get right. I add an egg and a little water to my hand mix, so have done the same.
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    ^Sounds like you're doing all the right things. I found this:
    https://www.nigella.com/ask/shortcru...try-by-machine
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