Basic shortcrust pastry

Basic shortcrust pastry

Have you always thought making your own pastry is too time-consuming?

I did until I had a go at making basic shortcrust pastry and discovered how quick it is to make.

My homemade pastry is easy to make and is a good base recipe to add to your collection. It is so adaptable that you can use it for sweet or savoury dishes.

Is homemade pastry really worth making?

I think it is. You can make shortcrust pastry with just flour and buttercheap ingredients that we all tend to have in our cupboards/fridge.

I make this pastry by hand but you can make the dough even faster if you use a food processor.

You should make basic shortcrust pastry because it is:

  • Budget-friendly: due to inexpensive staple ingredients.
  • Versatile: can be used in sweet or savoury recipes.
  • Better tasting than store-bought pastry.
  • Quick and easy to prepare: takes only ten minutes to make the dough.

Shortcrust pastry’s main ingredients:

  • Plain flour
  • Butter

Tips for busy cooks

Use a food processor to make the pastry.

Serving suggestions:

  1. Piecrust.
  2. Tart shell.
  3. Pasty/Parcel.

Discover how quick this pastry is to make

You will soon be making homemade shortcrust pastry all the time after trying this recipe. You will wonder why you ever bought ready-made pastry when it is so easy to make at home.

Will you use this basic shortcrust pastry in a sweet or savoury dish?

Let me know by leaving a comment and a recipe rating below – I’d love to hear from you.

One of the recipes where you can use this basic shortcrust pastry is: mini vegetable tarts

Basic shortcrust pastry

A basic shortcrust pastry recipe that is easy to make. Use it for sweet or savoury dishes: piecrusts, tart shells or pastry parcels.

Meal Type Basic Recipes
Cuisine British-Inspired
Keyword Basic shortcrust pastry, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill in fridge 30 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Author Veg Coast Cook


  • 200 g plain flour plus extra for flouring surface
  • 100 g cold butter diced
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp cold water


  1. Sift flour into large mixing bowl and add a pinch of salt.
  2. Add cold butter to flour. Using your fingertips rub the butter into the flour until it looks like breadcrumbs.
  3. Gradually add water (you may not need to use all of it) to flour & butter, mixing with a dinner knife until the dough starts to come together.
  4. Tip dough out onto a floured surface and briefly knead the dough until it forms a smooth ball. Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before use.

Recipe Notes

Makes approximately 300 g pastry dough.

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