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Easy shortcrust pastry

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The base of many good recipes can start with the most simple of ingredients. I love shortcrust pastry as it is super easy to use, freezable and can form the base of many different recipes. It takes just minutes to prepare and you can save around 60-70%, at least, compared to buying it ready made in the supermarket. I always find it surprising just how easy shortcrust pastry is to make! Scroll down now for my easy shortcrust pastry recipe.

Easy shortcrust pastry

easy shortcrust pastry

Course Main Course
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 450 grams


  • 140 g butter
  • 280 g plain flour
  • 30 ml of water


  1. Sift your flour, to remove any lumps. 

  2. Add the butter and rub the flour & butter together. You should keep rubbing together until you get a breadcrumb style consistency. 

  3. Add the water, 5-10ml at a time, until you have formed the mix into a ball. 

  4. Ensure that your dough is not too sticky. 

  5. Wrap it in cling film and place it in the fridge for at least 30-45 minutes.

  6. Your shortcrust pastry dough is now ready to use in a recipe! 

As you can see this shortcrust pastry recipe is incredibly simple! If you have a food processor it is even quicker to mix together and you can make a dough in under 1 minute.

If you want to make the dough a little more interesting then add some herbs to the dough, or spices to give it a kick.

I find that this dough is a fantastic base for a number of recipes including my cheese and onion quiche.

I love being able to make easy shortcrust pastry whenever I want it, and often in just minutes.

Products I use when making my easy shortcrust pastry:

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*Salter Scales / *VonShef Food Processor / *Rolling Pin

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Thursday 4th of May 2017

That is a fantastic tip for grating the leftovers like that. Sounds delicious! Thanks for taking the time to comment - much appreciated. I love to hear from other people and pick up tips of something new to try.

I usually buy filo and puff pastry too - life is just too short haha!