Blind baking ensures that the pastry will be crisp and golden as it is part-cooked before any filling is added.
Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Line the pastry case with foil (or nonstick baking paper) and fill with baking beans (or dried beans or pulses). Bake for 12-15 mins until set. Remove the foil and beans and bake for a further 10-12 mins until pale golden. Your pastry case is now ready to be filled.
Calories 232 (12%), sugar 0.6g (1%), fat 14.3g (20%), saturates 8.3g (42%), salt 0.2g (3%), based on 6 servings.