Sweet Shortcrust Pastry for Tarts

Preparation info

  • Makes


    pastry case

    Appears in

    Spirit & Spice

    By Ghillie Basan

    Published 2019

    • About

    Making pastry is quite therapeutic – a bit like making bread – and once you get a recipe that works for you it is worth sticking with it. Bought pastry feels like putty and never tastes of anything so, if you have time, do make your own. And, once you are happy with your pastry, you can experiment with the fillings.


    For the pastry

    • 250g/9oz plain flour
    • ½ teaspoon


    Sift the flour, salt and icing sugar into a bowl. Rub in the butter until it resembles breadcrumbs. Beat the yolks with the iced water and add it to the flour, mixing it together lightly with a knife. Turn the mixture onto a lightly floured surface and knead into a smooth ball. Wrap in cling film and chill for 30 minutes.

    Preheat the oven to