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Hot Water Pastry

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Hot Water Pastry is great for game or pork pies, and bakes into a golden brown, thick crust.

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Unit of measurement


300 gPlain White Flour or
300 gGluten Free Plain White Flour Blend
1 Egg
100 mlWater
75 gButter
1 Pinch of Salt


  1. Roughly mix together the flour, salt and egg.
  2. Place the water and butter in a saucepan and bring to the boil.
  3. Stir the liquid into flour mixture and bring together into a ball of dough.
  4. Press two thirds of the pastry into your pie dish and roll out the remainder to form the lid.
  5. When you have filled the pie, brush the rim of the pastry base with water, lay the lid on top and press to seal the edges.
  6. Bake as per your recipe.

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1 stars: 1

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By Mr Robin Crosland

16 Dec 2016 | 16:06 GMT

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I tried making the pastry exactly as your recipe, for a game pie. I decided to blind bake the pastry for a few minutes before letting cool.
I sampled a bit of the pastry before putting the filling in. It was like concrete. What did I do wrong. I'm going to make the pastry without the hot water routine. It's always been perfect that way.

By Mrs Daisy Fearns

12 Nov 2016 | 13:47 GMT

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I would like to know the same thing as Mrs Gill McMahon - regarding size of tin e.g will the quantities be enough for a 20 cm tin


13 Oct 2016 | 12:30 BST

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have a question regarding this recipe - what size tin does it apply to? want to make a raised pork pie for Christmas and will be using an 8inch springform

By Ms Jane Hurd

08 Nov 2014 | 20:53 GMT

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Made this tonight, into a game pie, not quite right, it was a bit crumbly, however we loved it, it made a great pie.