Shortcrust pastry on a rolling pin covering a pasty

Basic shortcrust pastry

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep: -
    • Plus chilling
  • Easy
  • 325g

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

  • Easily doubled
  • Easily halved
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: per serving (6)
HighlightNutrientUnit
kcal262
fat14g
saturates9g
carbs29g
sugars0.3g
fibre1g
protein4g
low insalt0.4g
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Ingredients

Method

  • STEP 1

    Sift 225g plain flour into a large bowl, add 100g diced butter and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

  • STEP 2

    Stir in a pinch of salt, then add 2-3 tbsp water and mix to a firm dough.

  • STEP 3

    Knead the dough briefly and gently on a floured surface.

  • STEP 4

    Wrap in cling film and chill while preparing the filling.

RECIPE TIPS
PROPORTIONS
To make more or less, remember the proportions - half fat to flour - and don't add too much water or the pastry will be hard. If other dry ingredients are included in the recipe, add them at the same time as the salt.
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