Hot Water Crust Pastry

Looking to make hot water crust pastry at home? This recipe from Food DIY will turn you into a star baker. Fill with ham hock, blue Stilton or chicken and leek.

Introduction

  

Makes about 750g pastry
Easy

Ingredients

475g strong white bread flour
5g salt
125g water
175g commercial lard or carefully hoarded beef fat

Instructions

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.

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