Shortcrust Pastry

Shortcrust Pastry Recipe

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Shortcrust Pastry Recipe

This shortcrust pastry recipe is everything you need to make the perfect apple pie crust and topping. It is also the perfect pastry for this pecan pie recipe, and blueberry pie recipe. Many people have asked us how to make shortcrust pastry so we decided to publish an easy recipe to show people the steps.

There are apple pie recipes that call for lard pastry, using lard as an alternative for butter. The advantage of using Lard is it produces an extremely crisp, flaky crust. It's also easy to work with, as its melting point is higher than butter, so it doesn't soften as quickly while you handle it, or threaten to dissolve into the flour as quickly as butter before baking.

Shortcrust pastry is perfect for making pies because it has a much closer crumb structure, it can be used to construct robust cases and exteriors for pies and tarts, and can stand up to both wet and dry fillings.

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Thanks and happy shortcrust pastry.

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Recipe Info


Serves: 2


Calories: 191
Carbs: 3g
Fat: 4g
Protein: 1g

Cooking Times

20 min
Preparation Time
0 Hours and 20 Minutes
10 min
Cook Time
0 Hours and 10 Minutes
30 min
Total Time
0 Hours and 30 Minutes




  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Cut the butter into the flour to get a grainy texture. Slowly add the water, lifting and turning the flour to ensure the flour is covered evenly with water. Add water if needed, a spoonful at a time, just until the mixture holds when pressed between your fingers. Divide the pastry into two even parts.
  2. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate the shortcrust pastry for 30 minutes before using.

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Meghan Halloway
Great shortcrust pastry recipe and great info. 🥟🥧 5.00

Elisma Theron
Perfect shortcrust pastry recipe and thanks for the optional lard ingredients. Now I know what and why to use shortcrust pastry in apple pies and baking. 5.00

Ian Sinclair
Thanks for sharing this easy shortcrust pastry recipe. 5.00

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