Mini Pork Pies

Preparation info
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Appears in
The Official Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea Cookbook

By Downton Abbey

Published 2020

  • About

Traditionally made with a heavy lard-infused dough, these savory mini pies instead use a butter-and-shortening crust. The result is a lighter, flakier, and more flavorful pastry. The quail egg is optional but a fun addition. If you’re not using the egg, the pies will be slightly less full. Either way, Mrs. Patmore would surely approve.


For the Pastry

  • cups (320 g) flour, plus more for the work surface
  • ¾ teaspoon


To make the pastry, in a food processor, combine the flour and salt and process until blended, about 5 seconds. Scatter the butter and shortening over the flour mixture and process briefly until the butter is coated with flour and slightly chopped, about 2 seconds. Sprinkle the water and lemon juice over the flour mixture and process until the dough comes together in small, moist crumbs, 7–10 s