400 gr OR 2 cups of unsalted butter
Cold water 150 ml or 1/2 cup
5 and 1/4 cup OR 650 gr of flour
Vodka or cognac – 3tbsp ( can replace with water if you dont wanna use it)
Vinegar – 1 tbsp
Pinch of salt
Step 1 : Place cold water in a cup, add vodka and vinegar. ( You don’t have to use vodka if you don”t want to, but it makes softer layers and you cant taste it )
Step 2: Whisk your eggs with salt and then add to your water mixture and combine well.
Step 3 : Sift through your flour and cut your butter into cubes. If you have a food processor blitz your flour and butter together until it resembles crumbs. If you don”t have one, just do it with a knife.
Step 4 : Place your sandy base into your stand mixer and add a little of your wet ingredients.
Step 5 : Mix well and keep adding the water until its combined. you can kneed the dough for few min after so its nice and smooth. Cover in cling film and place in a fridge for 1.30 hours.
You could make your custard filling in this time – watch a full recipe on how to make it here: http://bit.ly/1Rqs0bu
Step 6 : Cut your dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and place back in the fridge for 30 min.
Step 7 : Preheat your oven to 220 C or 425 F. The oven needs to be very hot and ready.
Step 8 :Take a baking tray or dish and turn it around. Add some flour onto the surface and roll out each dough ball on top. Then place a lid or anything that is a circle shape to mark the sides. Slowly cut away excess dough from the circle and push it aside a little. We still going to bake it all and then use the scraps to decorate the cake at the end.
Step 9 : Fork your pastry all around so it doesn’t puff up. Bake each layer for 5-7 min.
Step 10 : Once all layers have been cooked and cooled down, place them into a cake dish. Fill each layer with generous amount of your cream custard and repeat until all cake is finished.
Step 11 : Add a lid to your cake, press down, wrap in a cling film and place in a fridge overnight.
Step 12 : Blitz your scraps into a nice crumb and then cover the cake from all sides and on top. You can serve it like that, but I like to decorate with some melted chocolate and fresh berries.
Step 13 : Enjoy with hot cup of coffee or tea. The cake keeps well in the fridge for several days.