Shortcrust Pastry


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


  1. Pre-heat the oven.
  2. Rub a little butter around the inside of your dish or tin.
  3. Put the flour and butter into a mixing bowl.
  4. Add a pinch of salt if you are going to use the pastry for something savoury.
  5. Using a fork or pastry blender, work the butter 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.