Mince pies shortcrust pastry

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One bite of a home-made shortcrust pastry mince pie and you'll never want to buy them again.

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170g plain flour
100g cold unsalted butter
1 tbsp caster sugar
1 large free-range egg yolk


1. Sift 170g plain flour and a pinch of salt into a bowl. Rub in 100g cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes, with your fingers until you have a crumble-like mixture.

2. Stir in 1 tbsp caster sugar, then add 1 large free-range egg yolk and mix quickly with a palette knife. Add 1-2 tbsp cold water, a little at a time, mixing with the knife until the mixture is drawn together into a dough.

3. Press into a ball, then wrap in cling film and chill for at least 10 minutes.

From December 2008

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