Basic shortcrust pastry

Basic shortcrust pastry

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(42 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins - 10 mins Plus chilling



Learn how to make perfect shortcrust pastry every time with our easy recipe. For best results, make sure the butter is cold

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving (6)

  • kcal262
  • fat14g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs29g
  • sugars0.3g
  • fibre1g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.4g
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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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10th Oct, 2015
So simple, so good. (Used my mixer - as always!).
SiksiMiksi's picture
5th Oct, 2015
Great recipe for shortcrust - especially for a first timer like myself who has never made it before. Yes, my pastry did crack at the edges a little when rolling, but I made the Caribbean Beef Patties from this website with it and they turned out great. No cracks when baking or anything, and a great tasting pastry, too.
sue Byles
23rd Aug, 2015
Nice to see a recipe using your hands instead of a food processor
18th Jun, 2015
Maybe I'm just blind, but I can't see the oven temperature and baking time?
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
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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


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