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Hot Water Crust Pastry Recipe

Hot Water Crust Pastry is used to make raised pies. It makes a stiff yet tender pastry that can stand up by itself and form a shell or casing that can be cooked without the support of a pan or tin.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Quiches and Savoury Pies
Author: CooksInfo



  • Sift the flour and salt together in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  • Put in a saucepan the milk, water and the lard; bring to a boil, and pour into the bowl with the flour. Mix until a dough forms (don't worry about it being smooth yet.)
  • Let stand until cool enough to handle, then turn out onto a worksurface, lightly flour, and knead until you have a smooth dough. If it seems crumbly, add a bit more hot water.
  • Mould into the standing shape you need, or line a mould with it.


If you are going to be a while working with it, or will making making several small standing pies, you need to keep the dough warm. You can do so by putting it on a plate over top a pot of simmering water.