Shortcrust Pastry Dough

Total Time
1hr 50mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 50 mins

This is in response to a request for homemade pastry. I am the world's worst baker, but my pastry came out right on my first attempt! (Prep time includes refrigeration time)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour and salt.
  2. Add the butter and cut into flour until the mixture resembles fine bread crumbs.
  3. (Using a food processor fitted with the dough blade makes the"cutting" process a little easier and faster).
  4. Mix in enough cold water to hold mixture together.
  5. Form into a ball.
  6. Wrap in wax paper (preferred) or plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 30-45 minutes.
  7. Assembly: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  8. Spray a baking sheet, muffin tray, etc.
  9. with nonstick cooking spray or grease with shortening.
  10. Remove pastry from refrigerator.
  11. Lightly sprinkle work surface with flour.
  12. Roll out pastry to about 1/8-inch thickness.
  13. Cut into circles, squares, or any shape and size that you like.
  14. Use any filling that you want.
  15. To"join" separate pastry pieces together, moisten the edges with beaten egg and gently crimp the edges together.
  16. If your dish is to have pastry on the top, brush the top of the pastry with beaten egg.
  17. Place on prepared baking sheet, muffin tray, etc.
  18. and bake for 50 minutes or until golden brown on top.
  19. Pastry freezes extremely well.


Most Helpful

Wonderful! This is so easy in the food processor and perfect for a pie. I did not find this dry at all - I made the full recipe and only needed about 2-3 tablespoons of water to get the dough right. Thanks for posting, this will be made many times in the future.

Sooty_Cat April 16, 2009

I love this one! It's quick and easy. A suggestion? Why not try putting ingredients in a large reclosable plastic bag, massage to mix and shape before refrigerating? Would this work-anybody?

Chef guruow September 28, 2007

I too am pastry challenged. This is a great recipe. I just made mini quiches for my boys and they love them. I did have to make one change (I know there are alot of people complaining lately about changes to recipes but I believe this can only help) I didnt have enough white flour so I used 2 cups wholemeal /2 cups white flour. Thank you for this recipe.

carly75 February 10, 2004

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