How To Make Sweet Shortcrust Pastry

Learn how to make sweet shortcrust pastry – it’s so easy! Just 4 basic ingredients and 5 minutes prep time… it couldn’t be any simpler!

Pastry is one of those things that people don’t often make themselves. And it’s totally understandable! First of all, it’s quick and easy to buy frozen pastry at the supermarket AND a lot of the pre-made pastry sheets are actually pretty good. But seriously, nothing, I repeat nothing, can beat the incredible deliciousness that is homemade pastry.

how to make sweet shortcrust pastry

There is no way you’re ever going to get the same kind of flaky, melt-in-your-mouth pastry at the supermarket. Thankfully, it’s actually really simple to make your own pastry (except for puff pastry… in which case I totally recommend buying the pre-made sheets!!).

how to make sweet shortcrust pastry

How to make sweet shortcrust pastry

For this basic sweet shortcrust pastry, you will need:

– plain flour

– caster sugar

– cold butter

– iced water

And that is it!! Told you it was easy!

how to make sweet shortcrust pastry

To make the pastry, it’s simply a matter of popping the flour, sugar and butter into a food processor (or Thermomix) and processing it until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Then slowly add the iced water until a lovely dough forms. The dough should be nice and smooth. Knead it into a ball on a lightly floured surface. Wrap in plastic wrap and pop it into the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

how to make sweet shortcrust pastry

When you’re ready to use your dough, roll it out on a lightly floured surface with a rolling pin until it is 3mm thick. If you’re making a pie or dessert that has both a pastry bottom and top, it’s best to divide your dough into 2 and roll them out separately.

how to make sweet shortcrust pastry

This dough is perfect for all of your favourite pies, tarts and desserts – apple pie, lemon meringue, lemon tart, apple pie, chocolate filled pie and more! It really is a super versatile recipe.

How To Make Sweet Shortcrust Pastry

Learn how to make deliciously sweet shortcrust pastry - it's so easy! Just 4 basic ingredients and 5 minutes prep time... it couldn't be any simpler!
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Course: basics
Cuisine: Baking
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Chilling time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 1 serves
Calories: 2125kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 3 tbs caster sugar
  • 150 g butter cold and chopped
  • 2-3 tbs icy cold water

Instructions

Conventional Method

  • Place the flour, sugar and butter into a food processor and process it until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  • Slowly adding the iced water until a smooth dough forms.
  • Knead the dough into a ball on a lightly floured surface.
  • Wrap in plastic wrap and pop it into the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  • When you're ready to use your dough, roll it out on a lightly floured surface with a rolling pin until it is 3mm thick.
  • If you're making a pie or dessert that has both a pastry bottom and top, it's best to divide your dough into 2 and roll them out separately.
  • Bake the pastry in an oven preheated to 180 degrees celsius for approximately 20 minutes or until lightly golden and crispy.
  • Please note that if you're not adding the pie/dessert filling immediately, place a sheet of baking paper over the bottom of the pastry and fill with baking weights or rice (uncooked) before placing into the oven. Remove the weights halfway through the baking time.

Thermomix Method

  • Place the flour, sugar and butter into the TM bowl and mix on Speed 6 for 10 seconds (or until it resembles fine breadcrumbs).
  • Add the iced water and knead for 1 minute on interval speed.
  • Knead the dough into a ball on a lightly floured surface.
  • Wrap in plastic wrap and pop it into the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  • When you're ready to use your dough, roll it out on a lightly floured surface with a rolling pin until it is 3mm thick.
  • If you're making a pie or dessert that has both a pastry bottom and top, it's best to divide your dough into 2 and roll them out separately.
  • Bake the pastry in an oven preheated to 180 degrees celsius for approximately 20 minutes or until lightly golden and crispy.
  • Please note that if you're not adding the pie/dessert filling immediately, place a sheet of baking paper over the bottom of the pastry and fill with baking weights or rice (uncooked) before placing into the oven. Remove the weights halfway through the baking time.

Nutrition

Calories: 2125kcal | Carbohydrates: 227g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 124g | Saturated Fat: 77g | Cholesterol: 323mg | Sodium: 1076mg | Potassium: 304mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 75% | Calcium: 7.3% | Iron: 64.4%
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24 thoughts on “How To Make Sweet Shortcrust Pastry”

  1. Mama TnE says:

    One little question….I would love to make a pastry for a savoury tart…and can’t find a recipe!!! Please can you help me out?? …
    Thanks a lot.
    Ps i love this website….i never tire of it…keep it up 😉

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      This one is super easy: http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/8894/basic+shortcrust+pastry
      And thank you so much!

  2. Dorita says:

    Can this be made in a stand up mixers? I don’t have a prosper.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Absolutely!

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