How to make shortcrust pastry

Points to remember

  • Sift flour and salt into bowl of food processor and add cold cubed butter (and sugar, if making a sweet pastry).
  • Pulse the mixture together until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  • Add egg yolk and water mix, then pulse it until the dough begins to come together.
  • Tip onto a worksurface, use your hands to gently press the dough into a disc. Wrap with clingfilm and rest for at least 30 mins or longer.