Sweet Shortcrust Pastry

Why not add extra flavour to this shortcrust pastry with sweet spices such as Cinnamon or Mixed Spice.

  • Add the flour and sugar to a large mixing bowl, rub in the butter with your fingers, until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

  • Make a well in the centre of the mixture and add the chilled water, bring the mixture together with your hands and knead very gently to form a smooth dough.

  • Cover in clingfilm and allow to rest in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

  • Dust your clean work surface, the chilled pastry and rolling pin with flour, before rolling. Roll out the dough to a thickness of approx. 3mm for tartlets and mince pies, or slightly thicker, approx. 5mm to cover a fruit pie.