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Shortcrust pastry

Recipe from: 04 August 2014
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Ingredients 5
Time 00:20
  • 1
  • 125
    golden caster sugar
  • 1
    vanilla or almond extract
  • 250
    plain flour
  • 125
    salted butter, cut in 1 cm cubes


Makes 500g.

Essential equipment:

Butter knife or pastry cutter

Note: Due to the sugar in the pastry, it browns much quicker than an ordinary shortcrust, and so is best baked at a lower temperature.

Place the egg, sugar and vanilla or almond in a mixing bowl, and whisk with a balloon
whisk for a minute, or until the sugar is dissolved into the egg.

Sift the flour into the mixture and stir in using a wooden spoon, until the mixture has a sandy texture – be sure to scrape around the bottom of the bowl so there are no clumps of flour.

Add the cubed butter, and cut in using a butter knife or a pastry cutter until the butter is well incorporated and the dough comes together. (This pastry gets too sticky too quickly to do this by hand, which is why you use a knife or cutter.) Remove from the bowl and knead gently for a few seconds. Wrap in baking paper and chill for at least 30 minutes before using.

Recipe reprinted with permission of John Whaite.


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