This basic pastry is used in many popular recipes, from mince pies to quiches; it's also one of the easiest pastries to start with. The uncooked dough can be frozen or kept in the fridge for a couple of days.
Recipe courtesy of Rachel Allen
Shortcrust Pastry
Total:
50 min
Active:
20 min
Yield:
makes 1 (14 ounce) crust
Level:
Intermediate
Total:
50 min
Active:
20 min
Yield:
makes 1 (14 ounce) crust
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

  • 7 ounces all-purpose flour, sifted
  • Pinch of salt
  • 7 tablespoons chilled butter, cubed
  • 1/2 to 1 medium egg, beaten

Directions

Place the flour, salt, and butter in a food processor and whiz or pulse briefly. Add half the beaten egg and continue to whiz. You might add a little more egg, but not too much as the mixture should be just moist enough to come together.

If making by hand, rub the butter into the flour until it resembles coarse bread crumbs. Then, using your hands, add just enough egg to bring the dough together. With your hands, flatten out the ball of dough, until it is about 3/4-inch thick, and then wrap in plastic wrap, or place in a plastic bag, and leave in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or, if you are pushed for time, in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes. 

Variations:

Sweet shortcrust pastry: In place of the pinch of salt, use 1 tablespoon of icing sugar. 

Sour cream shortcrust pastry: Replace the egg with 2 tablespoons of sour cream or creme fraiche, adding just enough to bring the dough together.

Categories:

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Old-Fashioned Sweet Shortcrust Pastry

Savory Shortcrust

Apple Empanadas with Almond Pastry Cream

Recipe courtesy of Kelsey Nixon

Venison Pastry

Pastry Cream

Recipe courtesy of Laura Calder

Puff Pastry

Choux Pastry

Venison Pastry

Orange Scented Bomboloni with Pastry Cream and Chocolate Orange Dipping Sauce

Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay

Cooking Tips

How to Poach Eggs Perfectly

Watch videos from Cooking Channel shows and chefs. Learn to prepare feature recipes and relive your favorite moments

On TV

Eat St.

10:30am | 9:30c

Eat St.

11am | 10c

Eat St.

11:30am | 10:30c

Eat St.

12pm | 11c

Eat St.

12:30pm | 11:30c

Eat St.

1pm | 12c

Eat St.

1:30pm | 12:30c

Eat St.

2pm | 1c

Eat St.

2:30pm | 1:30c

Donut Showdown

3:30pm | 2:30c

Donut Showdown

4:30pm | 3:30c

Donut Showdown

5:30pm | 4:30c

Donut Showdown

6:30pm | 5:30c

Donut Showdown

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Unwrapped

8pm | 7c

Unwrapped

8:30pm | 7:30c

Unwrapped

9pm | 8c

Unwrapped

9:30pm | 8:30c

Unwrapped

10pm | 9c

Unwrapped

10:30pm | 9:30c

Good Eats

11pm | 10c

Good Eats

11:30pm | 10:30c

Unwrapped

12am | 11c

Unwrapped

12:30am | 11:30c

Unwrapped

1am | 12c

Unwrapped

1:30am | 12:30c

Unwrapped

2am | 1c

Unwrapped

2:30am | 1:30c

Good Eats

3am | 2c

Good Eats

3:30am | 2:30c

So Much Pretty Food Here