Basic shortcrust pastry

Basic shortcrust pastry

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(37 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins - 10 mins Plus chilling


Perfect pastry

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian


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  • 225g plain flour
  • 100g butter, diced



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

  • pinch salt


  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.

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27th Sep, 2015
This is just a recipe for the raw pastry - it's a link used in a lot of the recipes on here. Each recipe will ask you to cook at different times/temps/at different times of the bake
robets746d's picture
24th Mar, 2015
Works very well!
12th Feb, 2015
Worked perfectly, and tasted great.
Nicola Butcher
1st Oct, 2014
This is the worst internet recipe I have ever come across. My pastry cracked when rolling despite following instructions. I have made pastry numerous times before and it has worked a dream. Not having a recipe to hand I searched for one but I recommend you to find one elsewhere.
22nd Oct, 2015
Worst? Certainly a bit over the top but like yourself mine cracked and flew in the bin....
20th May, 2014
How long would a batch keep in the fridge? I want to make about 60 small tarts...was thinking I could leave the trays in the fridge and just cook them in a day or two? Thanks Nicole's picture
20th Nov, 2013
Great easy recipe and works every time. Thanks :) great on top of my chicken pie.
30th Sep, 2013
Brilliant recipe... Added some mature cheddar and made it into biscuits for my little one
4th Aug, 2013
Simple and successful. Added a grating of nutmeg because I'm going to make a custard tart.
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17th May, 2013
Re: what size tart this would make...well, 150g pastry makes enough for a 9 inch (standard size) tart/ if you try and go from that. Re: how much would make 500g pastry...the ratio of flour used and pastry amount made is 500g flour would make 500g pastry. Hope this helps!


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