25 g/1 oz/2 tbsp lard (shortening)
225 g/8 oz/2 cups strong plain (bread) flour
225 g/8 oz/2 cups wholemeal (wholewheat) flour
10 ml/2 tsp salt
25 g/1 oz fresh yeast or 40 ml/2.5 tbsp dried yeast
300 ml/0.5 pt/1.25 cups warm water
2 eggs, lightly beaten
100 g/4 oz/0.5 cup butter or margarine, diced
45 ml/3 tbsp sultanas (golden raisins)
2.5 ml/0.5 tsp caster (superfine) sugar 
Method:
Rub the lard into the flour and salt
until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs, then make a well in the
center. Mix the yeast with the water, and add to the flour with one of
the eggs. Work the mixture together until you have a soft dough that
leaves the sides of the bowl cleanly. Turn out on to a lightly floured
surface and knead until smooth and no longer sticky. Roll out the
dough to a 20 x 50 cm/8 x 20 in strip. Dot the top twothirds of the
dough with onethird of the butter or margarine, leaving a thin gap
round the edge. Fold the unbuttered part of the dough up over the next
onethird, then fold the top onethird down over that. Press the edges
together to seal, and give the dough a quarter turn so the folded edge
is on your left. Repeat the process with the next onethird of the
butter or margarine, fold and repeat once more so that you have used
all the fat. Put the folded dough in an oiled polythene bag and chill
for 30 minutes.
Roll, fold and turn the dough again three more times without adding
any more fat. Return to the bag and chill for 30 minutes. Roll out the
dough to a 40 x 38 cm/16 x 15 in rectangle, trim the edges and cut
into twelve 15 cm/6 in triangles. Brush the triangles with a little
beaten egg, sprinkle with sultanas and sugar and roll up from the
base, then curve into crescent shapes and place well apart on a
greased baking (cookie) sheet. Brush the tops with egg, cover and
leave in a warm place for 30 minutes.
Brush the tops with egg again, then bake in a preheated oven at
230°C/425°F/gas mark 7 for 1520 minutes until golden and puffy.
