Basic shortcrust pastry

Basic shortcrust pastry

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(31 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins - 10 mins Plus chilling

Easy

Perfect pastry

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition:

  • kcal-
  • fat-
  • saturates-
  • carbs-
  • sugars-
  • fibre-
  • protein-
  • salt-
Save to My Good Food
Please sign in or register to save recipes.

Ingredients

  • 225g plain flour
  • 100g butter, diced

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • pinch salt

Method

  1. Sift the flour into a large bowl, add the butter and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

  2. Stir in the salt, then add 2-3 tbsp water and mix to a firm dough. Knead the dough briefly and gently on a floured surface. Wrap in cling film and chill while preparing the filling.

Ads by Google

Comments, questions and tips

Sign in or create your My Good Food account to join the discussion.

Comments (50)

henrymayger's picture

good recepie but use 2 beaten eggs to get best result as am using it for gcse food and am developing it and have made it multiple times and it works best wit eggs!!!!!!!!!!!!

alexiaattard's picture

looks really easy !! what are the measurements to make up 500g of pastry ?

willskitchen's picture
5

Whoever made this recipe is an absolute genius! This pastry is perfect. I'm usually not very good at making pastry but this recipe is just amazing. It rolls beautifully, no cracks, not too wet or sticky. Chilling the pastry helped too. As I was making quiche, I made the filling whilst it was chilling in the fridge. So I left it in the fridge for about 10 minutes and it does make a difference! I cannot rate this recipe enough it is A++++++!

lizag83's picture

Made this pastry instead of the one recommended by the hairy bikers (I was making their leek & crab tart) it was perfect! Will use it from now on :)

nmccarthy1104's picture
5

used this as a pie crust when using up some slow cooked beef leftovers. did the job magnificently! didnt realise how easy pastry was! :)

spookie_camp's picture

Easy for a first timer, tasted great and was perfect of our Salmon en croute!

linasudjono's picture
5

Very easy and very good. Used 200g flour, 100g butter, dash of salt, 2tbsp sugar, 2tbsp water.

hippocollector's picture
5

Have just made this pastry recipe as a top for a pie, I used 3 tablespoons of water and it rolled out lovely. Cooking later but all is good so far : )

marguerite_caunt's picture

I'm useless at pastry, but this worked a treat! I used the food processor to mix the butter and flour, then added an egg and two tablespoons of water - wonderful melt-in-the mouth result! Used it to cover a Christmas leftovers pie - yummy!

davidnoble's picture

Different flours need different amounts of liquid so it's a bit trial and error but that all adds to the fun!

jmalanga1981's picture
5

I would agree that there needs to be slightly more butter and a little less flour. Overall a very simple recipe with very good results.

hanna136's picture
5

Lovely. I shall never buy a ready pack again!

dizzie's picture

Hi, is it possible to freeze the pastry and for how long? Thanx!

tybach's picture

I'm sure it's a fine recipe but like many many recipes I have read of this type over the years, what size baking utensil will it be sufficient for. Give me an idea of the diameter of dish or whatever parameter. Very few recipes give this type of information, our Delia being an exception among very few others.

heatherbeth's picture

I used this recipe for a cheese and courgette quiche but found that the pastry needed more water than was suggested. I ended up adding 5 tbsp of cold water rather than the suggested amount, and that still wasn't enough. I hope I did something wrong to save the rest of you from disappointment. xxx

mrsruse's picture
4

I used this recipe to make pasties today and I'm really glad my local shop ran out of frozen pastry because this was much better and I'll always make my one from now on. It was surprisingly quick and easy. I had to make two batches and the first one was a bit too dry and flaky and difficult to roll thinly so for the second batch I used only 200g of flour and 4tbsp of water and it was perfect.

30secondstomars's picture
5

yummy yum yum thats all i have to say

cathxxx's picture
5

i meant best recipe i have ever used,ha ha ha

cathxxx's picture
5

i made this recipe for mince beef and potatoe pie results were amazing i put 4 more grams of butter in and the pastry melted in your mouth,beast recipe for shortcrust pastry i have ever used.

jaffaa's picture

It's funny that it says "remember the proportions" half fat to flour, when the recipe calls for less fat :)

Pages

Questions (5)

Unsure about the cooking time or want to swap an ingredient? Ask us your questions and we’ll try and help you as soon as possible. Or if you want to offer a solution to another user’s question, feel free to get involved…

Be the first to ask a question about this recipe…

Tips (0)

Got your own twist on this recipe? Or do you have suggestions for possible swaps and additions? We’d love to hear your ideas.

Be the first to suggest a tip for this recipe…

Skills & know how

As well as helping you decide what to cook we can also help you to cook it. From tips on cookery techniques to facts and information about health and nutrition, we’ve a wealth of foodie know how for you to explore.

About BBC Good Food

We’re all about good recipes, and about quality home cooking that everyone can enjoy. Whether you’re looking for some healthy inspiration or learning how to cook a decadent dessert, we’ve trustworthy guidance for all your foodie needs.

Our recipes

All our recipes are tested thoroughly by us to make sure they’re suitable for your kitchen at home. We know many of you are concerned about healthy eating, so we send them to a qualified nutritionist for thorough analysis too.

Tell us what you think…

Love the new look or think we’ve missed the mark? We want to hear your thoughts – good and bad – to make sure we make the new website as useful as possible.

Magazine

Subscribe to BBC Good Food magazine and get triple-tested recipes delivered to your door, every month.

Events

Discover the dates and details of all the BBC Good Food Shows.

On TV

See your favourite chefs on Sky Channel 247, Virgin TV 260 and find their recipes at goodfoodchannel.co.uk

Follow us

Join the BBC Good Food community by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google Plus.