Sweet Pastry Dough

Essential Technique

Preparation info
  • Makes about 500 g dough, enough for


    25 cm tarts
    • Difficulty


Appears in
Bake!: Essential Techniques for Perfect Baking

By Nick Malgieri

Published 2010

  • About

If you’ve long shied away from preparing pastry, this is a perfect dough to begin with as you conquer your fear. It’s easy both to make and to use, and it always bakes through dry and golden on the bottom, ensuring a successful tart with no filling leaks or inconsistent patches.


  • 260 g plain flour
  • 75 g sugar
  • ½ teaspoon


  1. To mix the dough by hand, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and stir well to combine.
  2. Cut each piece of butter into 4 or 5 smaller pieces and add all of them to the bowl.
  3. Use both hands, palms upward, to reach under the dry ingredients to the bottom of the bowl and lift them up through the contents of the bowl several t