Saturday, 21 January 2012

Good simple short crust pastry

  • 1 1/2 cups (225g) plain flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 125g cold unsalted butter, cut into small chunks
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) iced water
Place the flour, salt and butter in food processor and blitz until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Gradually add the water whilst machine is on and process until it just forms a ball. You may not need all the water so do a little at a time.

Tip the pastry ball out and shape into a disc. Wrap in plastic film and pop in the fridge to rest for about 40 minutes.

  • I suggest you double the recipe for making a large pie or tart because otherwise there is not always enough for a lid!
  • The little pie in the photo is simple mince and cheese pies made in large muffin trays- great way to use up left overs and the farmer loves them in his lunch

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