Rich Shortcrust Pastry

11:30 am on 19 May 2014

Makes 1 x 23 cm pastry shell


  • 1 heaped cup plain flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • a handful of sugar
  • 100g cold butter, cubed
  • 1 egg yolk
  • a splash of water


This is my go-to recipe for short-notice desserts, even if it is a simple batch of jam tarts dusted with icing sugar. I can virtually always find something to bung in a tart shell – there is likely always a jar of jam in the pantry.

Put the flour, salt, sugar and butter into a food processor and pulse until fine crumbs form. Add the egg yolk, and just enough water to form crumbs when pulsed. Pulse or handle the mixture as little as possible; if the pastry is over-worked, it will be tough.

Wrap the pastry in greaseproof paper or cling film and rest it in the fridge for half an hour before rolling out.

Variation: For a plain or non-sweet pastry suitable for savoury fillings, such as a quiche, omit the sugar and egg yolk.

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