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Basic Sweet Pastry

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Serves 1 - 4 Tartlets

The best pastry to use for sweet desserts like pies, tarts, tortes and tartlets etc

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  • 225g / 8 oz plain flour
  • 110g / 4 oz butter
  • 80g / 3 oz sugar
  • 1 large egg


    1. Crumb together by hand the butter in to the flour
    2. Add the sugar
    3. Mix in the egg and enough milk to form a soft dough - add flavour (opt)

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28th Jan, 2017
Fantastic easy to make pastry recepie. Very soft so lots of flour needed when rolling. Makes fantastic crisp tart cases with a great buttery sweet flavour.
17th Sep, 2016
Easy-peasy to make, and tastes delicious! I blitzed the flour, butter and sugar to crumbs in the food processor, then added a large egg and blitzed it again until it made a dough. It was a bit soft (maybe because my butter was very soft or maybe because the egg was very large, I don't know), so I chilled it for half an hour. It was hard to roll out the entire dough for a large tart dish (it kept falling apart), but I think it would be easier to roll out small quantities for individual tarts. In the end I used the 'Martha Stewart' technique of just dumping the dough in the dish and pressing it out into the shape! Baked blind at 175°c for about 25 minutes (until it was golden), it hardly shrank at all. I have saved this recipe and will definitely be using it again. Thanks scott3110 ;)
12th Jun, 2016
I'm useless at making pastry but this was so easy, the only problem I had was that it crumbled when I was rolling it out; has anyone got some tips for me so this don't happen again please. Thanks in advance.
14th May, 2016
Amazing sweet pastry. I've used it for mince pies and Cherry Bakewells.
Maria wales
1st May, 2016
Amazing recipe - I would rather cook a dinner for 30 than to make pastry....... But today that's all changed! Found this recipe and used it for the base of cherry bakewell slices. It was so easy to make and has turned out to be absolutely delicious. I read the comments before I started and decided to use the largest egg out of the dozen I had, to save having to add any extra fluid. I weighed the eggs and used one which was 69g and that was just right I didn't need any extra milk/water. Chilled it then rolled it out - baked it blind and it's a real success. I'm chuffed!
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8th Dec, 2015
Excellent pastry, made it in the blender, didn't have to add any milk as others mention? Made a tasty and crunchy pastry for mince pies. Refrigerated it for 20 minutes before using. Gave it a little bit of a knead before rolling out. Baked mince pies at 200 degrees (fan) for exactly 10 minutes. Gorgeous! Will use again and again from now on!
18th Oct, 2015
Used this to make a mixed berry and pear lattice pie. I did not add any milk but still found it too sloppy to roll out so had to knead in a bit more flour but it still cooked nicely with an egg glaze at 170 C for 30 mins under foil and a further 20 mins bare. Came out firm but not crispy or dry. Perfect!
30th Oct, 2015
Shouldn't knead pastry
15th Feb, 2017
If the pastry needs more flour how else are you supposed to incorporate it?
15th Oct, 2015
Anyone who knows anything about pastry will know that usually cold water is used when mixing and not milk. This makes the pastry heavy and gives a very unpalatable finish. When using egg nothing else is required for mixing - with patience the required consistency will eventually be achieved. I know some experienced cooks use milk and water mix, but the results are different and for shortcrust pastry the difference can be disast rous.


Miss Mouse
20th Oct, 2013
How long I should bake it for, please?
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Debbie Harvey
9th Dec, 2017
Absolutely delicious. I doubled the recipe and made 24 sweet mince pies. Use flour on the board and rolling pin to roll pastry out. Cut out bottoms and place in tin. One teaspoon of sweet mincemeat per pie. Put tops on using slightly smaller pastry cutter. Brush the tops with a little milk and sprinkle on top with a pinch of sugar. Fan oven 180 and bake for 20 minutes. Leave to cool for 10 minutes and place on rack until cold. Before serving dust tops with icing sugar.
15th Dec, 2013
The temperature should be 180 C- mince-pies take about 20 mins, jam tarts about 15.