Shortcrust Pastry

Shortcrust Pastry

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5 Ratings

400g pastry Nuts,Egg Vegetarian

About this recipe:

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Work quickly with these simple ingredients to make versatile shortcrust pastry that can be used with a wide variety of sweet and savoury fillings. This quantity of pastry is sufficient for the top and base of an 18cm/7” pie, a large baking tray or 24 small tarts.

Equipment:

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pie dish, baking tray or tart tray, mixing bowl and pastry blender

Ingredients:

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200g Doves Farm Organic Plain White Flour 
pinch of salt
100g butter
7-9 tbsp cold water
butter, for dish
flour, for dusting

Method:

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180°C, Fan 160°C, 350°F, Gas 4

  1. Pre-heat the oven.
  2. Rub a little butter around the inside of your dish or tin.
  3. Measure the flour into a mixing bowl and add a pinch of salt if you are going to use the pastry for something savoury.
  4. Chop the butter into small cubes and add them to the bowl.
  5. Using a fork or pastry blender, work the butter cubes into the flour until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  6. Stir in enough of the water to bring the pastry together into a soft dough.
  7. Using your hands gather the mix together to form a smooth ball of pastry dough.
  8. Dust the work surface with flour, put the dough in the middle and sprinkle it with flour.
  9. Roll out the pastry into a circle 5cm/2” larger than your dish and lift it into the dish, OR simply press it into the baking dish using your fingers.
  10. Cut away any pastry that hangs over the edge of your dish.
  11. Continue as per your recipe.

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