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
DIFFICULTY Easy
SERVES/MAKES 6

Nutrition:

  • calories 262
  • carbs 29
  • saturated fat 9
  • sugar 0.3
  • protein 4
  • fat 14
  • fibre 1
  • salt 0.4

Ingredients

225g plain flour
100g butter, diced
pinch salt

Method

  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.