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Staple flaky pastry for pies

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About this recipe: Forget measurements and pastry blenders! Whatever amount of flour you need, you then take HALF that amount for your lard and margarine. Motto: "Half as much fat as flour."


Serves: 16 

  • 500g plain flour
  • 125g lard
  • 125g margarine
  • 5 tablespoons cold water

Prep:10min  ›  Ready in:10min 

  1. Cut the lard and margarine into cubes, and toss into flour. Take your hands and crumble it up into a fine, pebbly, grainy sort of dough.
  2. Add water, enough to make a soft dough. Form into a ball, and chill for about an hour.
  3. When chilled, knead it a couple of times on a floured surface. Roll it out, and proceed to fill with your choice of pie fillings.

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I love making pies and pasties and my pastry is always delicious, however, when I try to make flaky pastry it just isn't flaky. What's the secret. Is it oven temp? Steve. - 31 Jan 2013


- 12 Jun 2011

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