Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

Easy and economical to make for use to make your own pies and tarts. Times given are when using a food processor, if doing by hand add another 5 minutes. Don't include chill time. If you have hot hands would advise using a food processor. You end up with enough for 2 tart cases (9") or for the top and bottom of a 9" pie. If using for a sweet dish add 2 teaspoons sugar after you rub in butter. Use as is for savoury dishes. I have edited this to 8 serves for if used as 2 bottoms or a top and bottom it would equate to 8 serves, giving a truer nutritional panel. Still does not include sugar for sweet pastry. Please note referring to a 250ml metric cup for USA cups + 2 tablespoons.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sift plain flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl (or in the bowl of the food processor).
  2. Rub in the butter with finger tips (or use pulse button on the food processor) until mixture resembles course breadcrumbs.
  3. Gradually add water until dough becomes a ball.
  4. Remove and wrap in cling wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes before using.


Most Helpful

mmm excellent pasty recipe! very flakey and light, melt in your mouth! I used it to make a peach pie, every one loved it, thanks for posting.

Derf August 30, 2009

Very nice pastry. I was making Cornish pasties for my British husband and he thought it was perfect. This will be my go-to pastry from now on. Thank you for posting!

JustAMuggle April 25, 2012

This is so wonderfully simple! I doubled this to make an enormous chicken and vegetable pie (40x40 cm or about 20inx20in). As the filling is rather wet, I was very impressed that this pastry held the filling perfectly.

cookingpompom June 29, 2011

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