Queen of baking and Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry has admitted that although she can make filo pastry, it is the one pastry that she tends to buy from supermarkets as it takes so long to make.
Filo pastry is a paper-thin, translucent pastry which is used for things such as strudel.
If you are feeling brave and have time to spare, to make your own filo pastry you will need:
4 oz plain flour
A pinch of salt
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Sieve the flour and salt together.
Gradually add water until a stiff dough is formed.
Knead the dough adding the olive oil slowly so that it incorporates fully
Allow the dough to rest for a couple of hours
Divide the dough into 12 pieces
Roll each piece into a 0.5cm thick circle
Cover with a cloth and allow to rest again for approximately 10 minutes
Cover a large worktop with a smooth, clean cloth and put the pieces of dough on one at a time
Place your hands underneath the dough and gently start to stretch it out, rotating the cloth so that all the dough is stretched evenly
Take care not to allow the dough to tear
Continue to stretch the dough until is is as thing as tissue paper