Hot Water Crust Pastry

This is such an easy pastry I wish I’d discovered it years ago.

Recipe adjusted from Paul Hollywood’s for US audiences
2 cups plain ol' white flour (he used ⅓ cup 'strong white' and the remainder AP)
½ stick (¼ cup) well chilled butter, cut into small cubes
3½ (100ml) boiling water
1 tsp salt
¼ stick (¼ cup) Crisco

Sift the flour into a bowl. Rub the butter cubes into the flour to make a breadcrumb consistency.

Melt the crisco in the hot water and salt. Pour the liquid into the bowl and form into a ball of dough.

Knead briefly until it's smooth.

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