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Shortcrust Pastry Recipe   HT  CD  CBF  15mins

This shortcrust pastry recipe is suitable for use in both savoury and sweet dishes  

Makes 225g/8oz Dough      Pastries  flans tarts  quiches   pies  Baked Fayre   Vegetarian   Cold   Hot  Eggless



150g/+5oz Plain Flour

75g/3oz Butter

A pinch of Salt

3-4 tbsp Water to mix




1. Place the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl and stir well. Add the butter and rub into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.


2. Add half the water and ,mix with a knife until it begins to bind, then add enough of the remaining water to give a soft enough dough which enables you to gather any remaining flour and knead to a smooth pastry.


3. Wrap the shortcrust pastry in clingfilm and chill until ready to use.



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Key techniques required to make cake recipes

Bake - To cook in an enclosed oven

Beat To introduce air into a mixture using a utensil such as a wooden spoon, fork or whisk, in order to achieve a lighter texture.

Cream - to - The process where sugar and softened butter are beaten together with a wooden spoon, until the mixture is light, pale and well blended. This process may also be carried out with a hand held mixer or in a food processor.

Rub in -  The incorporation of fat into flour.  Butter is cubed then gently rubbed between the thumb and forefinger, lifting the mixing at the same time, until the fat is fully incorporated and the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Main equipment required to make this recipe


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Wire Rack


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