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Pastry

– flour, salt, fat, water (sometimes sugar) – Cultures all over the world have teamed-up ground flour with a pinch of salt, some liquid and an animal fat to turn these simple ingredients into a paste that can be rolled and shaped to preference – there are hundreds of different pastry varieties to choose from; from the standard short crust pastry, to choux pastry, filo pastry, millifeuille and puff pastry. The later few are more suited to the master chef than the master cook. Unless you have an army of sous chefs to help you roll and fold your pastry over a dining room table or unless you have lots of time and a particular itch to turn your hand to puff pastry I wouldn’t recommend you engage in these delicious, though fancy pastries. For the purpose of simple home cooking it is perhaps easiest to stick to the basic recipes set out below. From these simple ingredients thousands of different pastry varieties are born and thousands of mouth-watering pies. For savoury pies I like to use lard or …