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Video:How to Make a Shortcrust Pastry

with Elaine Lemm

Shortcrust pastry is an extremely versatile pastry dough, as it can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. Watch this how-to video from for step-by-step instructions on making shortcrust pastry.See Transcript

Transcript:How to Make a Shortcrust Pastry

Today I'm going to show you how to make shortcrust pastry. Shortcrust pastry is one of the most versatile pastries you can use. It can be used in sweet dishes, savory dishes, whatever. A lot of people are a little scared of making shortcrust pastry, you don't need to be -- it's very, very easy, and I'm going to show you how.

Ingredients for Shortcrust Pastry

For shortcrust pastry you will need:

  • 200g / 7 oz plain flour or all purpose flour (see tip below)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 110g / 4 oz unsalted butter, cubed
  • 2-3 tbsp very cold water

Start Mixing the Shortcrust Pastry Dough

For shortcrust pastry, there are two different methods of making it. You can make it by hand or you can use a food processor, which is my preferred method because it's much quicker to do and it's very simple.

So into the food processor, we need to put the flour and the very cold, icy cold butter and a little pinch of salt. We just give that a quick blitz using the pulse setting on the food processor. We're going to keep mixing that until the flour and the butter looks like coarse sand and I actually think we're just about there.

Finish the Shortcrust Pastry Dough

Put the lid back on and this time we're going to run the motor on the machine and I'm going to add the very cold water, and we're going to do this very carefully, don't add all the water at once, we're going to stop the moment the pastry comes together. And we're there.

We need a sheet of plastic wrap, or Clingfilm, gather up the pastry, mold it together just gently with your hands into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap and that's it! That's how easy it is to make shortcrust pastry. This now needs to go into the refrigerator before you use it, for a minimum of about 30 minutes, just to make sure it is well rested.

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