Sweet Rich Shortcrust Pastry

This crisp and crumbly mouth-watering pastry made with self-raising flour breaks all the rules but gives a special taste and texture to all sweet pies, large or small.


preparation time: 10 mins
cooking time:  


  • 8 oz self-raising flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1 oz caster sugar
  • 2 oz butter
  • 2 oz block margarine
  • 1 oz lard
  • 1 egg yolk
  • milk, to mix


Sift the flour, salt and caster sugar (if using) into a mixing bowl. Rub in the butter, margarine and lard with the finger tips to the fine breadcrumb stage.

Add the egg yolk and enough milk to mix to a pliable dough using a round bladed knife.

Turn the dough on to a lightly floured surface and kneed lightly until smooth and even. Chill wrapped for 30 mins before using.

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