How to rub in butter and flour

Create perfect pastry by using our technique for blending butter and flour with your fingertips.

Points to remember

  • Take the butter from the fridge and cut it into cubes
  • Tip the butter into the flour. Using your fingertips and thumbs take small amounts of the mixture and rub them together, from little finger to first finger. Raise your hands above the surface so they are not warming the rest of the mixture – the idea is to keep the butter cool, not allowing it to soften.
  • Keep rubbing in until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs.
  • Shake the bowl gently to bring any lumps to the surface. Keep rubbing in until it’s all done.

If the butter becomes too warm, put the bowl in the fridge for 10 minutes.