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Rolling dough onto a tart base

How to Make Sweet Short Crust Pastry

Emma Duckworth
How to Make Sweet Short Crust Pastry. Your step by step Guide to mastering sweet pastry with images to show you the way. Packed full of hints and tips.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Chill Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Method Pies & Tarts
Cuisine British, French
Servings 1 Doug
Calories 3173 kcal


  • 375 g plain flour (all-purpose )
  • 80 g powdered icing sugar
  • ¼ tsp fine salt
  • 200 g unsalted butter - chopped into small cubes
  • 1 egg and 1 egg yolk - beaten
  • 30-45 ml ice cold water


  • Sift the dry ingredients, flour, icing sugar and salt into a large bowl. Add the cold, cubed butter into the flour and rub the butter and flour together between your fingers until it resembles a bread crumb consistency. 
  • Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in your egg. Using a fork, mix the egg into the flour.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of ice-cold water and use your hands to bring the dough together. Add more water sparingly if needed.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and press the dough just a couple of times to gather all the crumbs into a ball. Then shape the dough into a disc lightly with your hands. Wrap the dough a couple of times with cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes minimum.
  • Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F). Once chilled, let the dough sit at room temperature for 10 minutes until it is soft enough to roll. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough until it’s the thickness of a coin. 
  • Ensure the dough is rolled out large enough to cover the base, the sides and enough for over-hang of your tart tin. Place the dough into the tart tin and with your fingers gently push the dough onto the sides of the tin into all the grooves. Using a sharp knife, cut the excess dough from the tin. 

To blind bake

  • Prick the pastry base all over with a fork and then line with greaseproof paper and fill with pie weights all the way up the sides. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove the greaseproof paper and pie weights and return the pastry back to the oven.
  • Bake for a further 7 minutes for a par-baked tart base or for a further 15 minutes until golden brown for a fully baked tart base.


To Store: Store the dough or baked pastry shells wrapped well in cling film in the fridge
To Freeze: Freeze dough or baked pastry shells wrapped well in cling film then sealed in a zip lock back for up to one month. Thaw by removing dough or pastry shell from the freezer and allow them to defrost in the fridge (this can take up to one day). Then leave at room temperature for 30 minutes (until the dough is soft enough to roll)
Yield Variations: This recipe yields x6 11cm (4-inch) tart base or x1 23cm (9-inch) tart base (with leftover than can be stored as mentioned above) or enough for a 23cm (9-inch) shallow pie base and top.
Tip 1: Ensure your ingredients are cold 
Tip 2: Don’t overwork the dough


Calories: 3173kcalCarbohydrates: 366gProtein: 46gFat: 170gSaturated Fat: 105gTrans Fat: 7gCholesterol: 594mgSodium: 685mgPotassium: 512mgFiber: 10gSugar: 80gVitamin A: 5236IUCalcium: 131mgIron: 18mg
Keyword sweet shortcrust pastry
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