sweet shortcrust pastry | how to

sweet shortcrust pastry | how to

A quick and easy method that will have you churning out pies and flans in no time at all. This sweet shortcrust pastry is my go-to method.

I would easily say that I love making pastry more than I do cakes. I know, controversial! I can’t quite say why but it might be down to the fact that it’s hard to go far wrong once you’ve made the pastry. You just have to make sure it doesn’t burn! Once you’ve made the pastry, the possibilities are endless!

This pastry is such a simple method – you basically just throw it all in one bowl and mix! Yes, there’s kneading involved but a bit of hard-grafting makes the end result much more pleasing, wouldn’t you say?

Which do you prefer – making a cake batter or pastry? Let me know in the comments!

sweet shortcrust pastry

This recipe makes enough dough so that you’ll have some leftover. You could freeze half for another day or if you’re making a pie, the extra pastry could be the pie lid.

If you don’t want two lots of pastry, just simply half the ingredients and proceed as normal.

Things to consider:

  • You’ll need some cling film handy
  • You might find a d-scraper* useful for working the dough. If not, use your hands or a wooden spoon.

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sweet shortcrust pastry

January 23, 2018
: 2 flans or a pie base and lid
: Easy

A quick and easy method to make sweet shortcrust pastry


  • 400g flour
  • 200g cold butter
  • 2 tbsp of caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp of cold water
  • Step 1 In a bowl, add the sifted flour, sugar and salt.
  • Step 2 Cut the cold butter into cubes and tip into the flour mix. Rub in the butter with your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs. This could take a few minutes.
  • Step 3 In the centre, form a well using a spoon and add your eggs and water. You might need to add more water if your dough feels dry. Be careful not to add to much. Only add a tiny bit at a time, whilst working the dough with your d-scraper. Stop once the dough has fully combined.
  • Step 4 Cut some cling film and place the dough ball on top. Flatten to from a rough circle and cover tightly with the cling film. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes until ready to use. To freeze, keep wrapped but place in a freezable container.

Sweet shortcrust pastry


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