Short Crust Pastry
Short crust pastry is a great recipe to have stored away as it goes well with both sweet and savory dishes. It is easy to make and easy to work with.
- 2 Cups plain flour
- 180 g butter, cubed and chilled
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 - 3 Tbsp chilled water
Level of difficulty Average
Preparation time 20mins
Cooking time 20mins
Cost Average budget
Place the flour, butter, and salt in a food processor. Process in short bursts until the mixture resembles a fine crumb.
With the mixer running, add the egg yolk and chilled water and mix until the mixture forms a solid dough.
Tip out onto a floured surface and shape into a ball. Wrap in cling film and chill for 60 minutes.
Roll pastry out on a floured surface, or between two sheets of baking paper, until about 3 mm thick. Press into the base and sides of a pie or tart dish. Prick the bottom a few times with a fork. Chill for about 30 minutes.
Blind bake at 180°C for 15 minutes. Remove baking paper and beads and bake for another 10 minutes.
Cool slightly before filling.