Saturday, 12 January 2013

Easy Pastry for Pie

Making pastry for the tops of your savoury pie doesn't have to be all bells and whistles.

You know how I like to keep things easy, lazy almost and still keep things tasty.

Now I warn you, this recipe isnt healthy, you wont win any awards for the ingredients and its certainly not going to impress a foodie to look at, but it keep them smiling once they eat it. Think pastry Nanna used to make, think glutton and all things nice made with the ingredients that you probably frown upon when picking up your expensive baking ingredients.

Well, this uses the cheapest of the cheap. smart price is your friend. ;-)


  • 100g lard
  • 100g salted butter
  • 200g plain flour
  • water to combine everything


Add lard, salted butter and flour to a bowl and mix with your fingers, or if you have a stand mixer, pop it in with a dough hook on. Combine until it makes a rough dough, then add water slowly to make the dough come together to make a smooth pastry. If it gets too wet, add flour. Its as simple as that.

The recipe is good to double if making by hand, but please be careful if using a mixer as a double mix can overload a kitchenAid type mixer. Kenwood should handle it fine.

Wrap in cling film and store in the fridge or freezer. Use within a few days if keeping in the fridge. If you want to use it straight away, leave it in the fridge for 30 mins before rolling out.

Pastry was the first thing I made in my Kenwood Chef Premier so heres the video...

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