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.

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Makes about 750g pastry


475g strong white bread flour
5g salt
125g water
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.

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