How to make sweet shortcrust pastry

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. 

How to make sweet shortcrust pastry

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!

One of my Cookery School basics, 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.


  • How about making some pastry cream to fill your pie? It would go lovely with some chopped strawberries to make a summery tart.
  • Fill your pie with sweetened, roasted rhubarb. I’ve got a post all about how to cut and prepare rhubarb to start you off.
  • A simple Jam filling is always loved. Nutella is even better!
  • My Open Apple Pie is a quick and simple recipe which will easily impress guests.


  • 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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Now that you’ve made sweet shortcrust, how about trying my puff pastry recipe and try making some Classic French Croissants! You’ll have a breakfast that will be well worth the wait and and a new pastry skill under your belt.

The Recipe

sweet shortcrust pastry

  • Serves: 2 flans or a pie base and lid
  • Difficulty: Easy

A quick and easy method to make sweet shortcrust pastry

What you will need

  • 400g flour
  • 200g cold butter
  • 2 tbsp of caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp of cold water


  • 1In a bowl, add the sifted flour, sugar and salt.
  • 2Cut 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.
  • 3In 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.
  • 4Cut 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.


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