Basic shortcrust pastry

Learn how to make perfect shortcrust pastry every time with our easy recipe. For best results, make sure the butter is cold

  • Prep:10 mins
    Plus chilling
  • Serves 325g
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 262
  • fat 14g
  • saturates 9g
  • carbs 29g
  • sugars 0.3g
  • fibre 1g
  • protein 4g
  • salt 0.4g


  • 225g plain flour
  • 100g butter, diced
  • pinch salt



To make more or less, remember the proportions - half fat to flour - and don't add too much water or the pastry will be hard. If other dry ingredients are included in the recipe, add them at the same time as the salt.


  1. Sift the flour into a large bowl, add the butter and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

  2. Stir in the salt, then add 2-3 tbsp water and mix to a firm dough. Knead the dough briefly and gently on a floured surface. Wrap in cling film and chill while preparing the filling.

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