The basis 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 basis 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!
Ingredients for easy shortcrust pastry:
280g plain flour
20-30ml of water
Method for easy shortcrust pastry:
It is really is an easy shortcrust pastry recipe…
First sift your flour using a sieve, to remove any lumps.
Then add your butter and rub the flour and butter together. This will give you a fairly fine consistency.
Then slowly add water, 5-10ml at a time, and work the dough into a ball.
Once you have your firm dough, not too sticky, you want to wrap it in cling film and place it into the fridge.
I usually chill my shortcrust pastry for about 30 minutes, at least, but it can easily be prepared a day or two in advance and left in the fridge. I have also chilled my dough, wrapped in two layers of cling film, and defrosted it overnight before I want to use it.
This is such an easy shortcrust pastry recipe, I’m sure you will agree! If you want to add a little more flavour then you could consider adding fresh herbs, salt or even spices to your dough.
I find that this dough is a fantastic basis for a number of recipes including this cheese and onion quiche.
I love being able to make easy shortcrust pastry whenever I want it, and often in just minutes.
If you have arthritic hands, or perhaps want to save even more time, then you can throw the ingredients together in a food processor and let it bring the dough together for you. This will save a couple of minutes which is ideal if you are making a pie in a hurry.