How to turn a pastry-topped pie into a low-fat version


Did you know that one packet of puff pastry can contain up to 100g of fat and even a shortcrust pastry pie top is packed with calories?

To turn a pie into a lower-fat version, replace the shortcrust or puff pastry with filo pastry instead. Cut four layers of filo pastry to fit the top of your pie, brush each with melted butter, crumple, then scrunch and layer over the pie. Bake as per the filo pack instructions.

Pastry buying tip: Supermarket pastry often contains vegetable or palm oil rather than pure butter (and they taste of cheap fat). When you are buying pastry, look for one that says ‘all-butter’ on the pack.

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