How to make Basic Shortcrust Pastry -

A type of pastry used for the base of tarts or pies.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from the book Cakes and Bakes.

Main Ingredients : Refined flour, Butter (मक्खन )

Cuisine : American

Course : Desserts

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Basic Shortcrust Pastry

Basic Shortcrust Pastry Recipe Card


The cuisine of The United States is a rich amalgamation of peoples, religions and cultures thanks to the immigrants from different parts of the world.  They brought with them their local ingredients as well as cooking styles with them.  Yet amidst all these varieties Chinese and Italian cuisines dominate.  
During the 18th and 19th centuries, the Americans developed a number of new foods.  What characterised the American cuisine is the adaptation of a fusion of multiple ethnic cooking styles. During this period food production and presentation became more industrialised.

Prep Time : 31-40 minutes

Cook time : 0-5 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Basic Shortcrust Pastry Recipe

  • Refined flour 1 cup

  • Butter chilled and chopped 60 grams


Step 1

Place flour and butter in a food processor and process until mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. If mixing by hand, rub butter in with fingertips.While the processor motor is running, add drops of iced water until dough holds together.

Step 2

If not using a processor mix with a knife or a wooden spoon. Or can mix with hands and make a dough without kneading much. You will need approximately two and a half tablespoons of water.

Step 3

Press dough into a ball, wrap in a greaseproof paper or plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least thirty minutes before rolling or shaping.

Step 4

This pastry can be stored in refrigerator for two days or in the freezer for up to three months.

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