Gladys’s Pastry

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A recipe given to me some years ago which makes a very short pastry, lovely for mince pies or any other pie. It doesn’t have sugar in so ideal for sweet or savoury dishes but if you want a sweet pastry just add 2oz sugar to the flour.

Gladys’s Pastry

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  • Yield: 12 mince pies
  • Difficulty: easy


  • 8oz plain flour
  • 3oz cookeen
  • 3oz margarine
  • 1 egg yolk
  • cold water by the drip


  1. Mix the flour, cookeen and marge together in your food mixer for a minute or so until it resembles breadcrumbs. Mix in the egg yolk and then just a few drops of water until the dough has come together. Refrigerate the pastry for at least 30 minutes before using.

  2. Bake for 20 minutes at gas mark 6 for small tarts or mince pies.

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