Shortcrust Pastry

A shortcrust pastry, in either sweet or savoury form, which seems to break many of the accepted pastry rules but which works well.


preparation time: 10 mins
cooking time:  


  • 8 oz self-raising flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1 oz. caster sugar (optional)
  • 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 knead lightly until smooth and even.

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