Hot Water Crust Pastry
|475g||strong white bread flour|
|175g||commercial lard or carefully hoarded beef fat|
Mix the flour in a bowl with the salt. Bring the water to the boil in a pan and melt the lard or dripping in it, then pour the hot liquid into the bowl of flour and begin combining it with a palette knife.
As soon as the dough is cool enough to handle, work it together with your fingers, then form it into a ball. Leave to cool and rest for a few minutes before using. The dough needs to be warm enough to be workable, but if you don’t rest it a little it remains elastic and will contract when baked.