I think, along with fairy cakes, pastry was one of the first things I ever made on my own from scratch. I remember making apple tarts as teenager and being so proud of myself when they turned out nice.
I adore sweet shortcrust pastry. It is definitely my favourite pastry. I'm all about the crust. I could just eat the crust with cream and I would be in heaven.
I have heard so many people say they would be too scared to make their own pastry and my answer usually is
Pastry is honestly one of simplest things to make. It more than likely will shrink and crack but once you get the hang of it, there's nothing to it. The only thing that can really go wrong is you burn it and we've all been there!
Recipe for Sweet Shortcrust Pastry
200g plain flour, sifted
1 tbsp icing sugar
100g chilled butter
1/2-1 med egg
Place the flour, icing sugar and butter in a mixer and mix until resembled bread crumbs.
Add a little egg at a time until your mixture is just moist enough that it comes together.
With your hands, flatten out your dough into disc shapes (this just helps it chill faster) and wrap in cling film.
Leave in fridge for at least 30 mins or if pushed for time 10-15 in the freezer. Pastry done!
If you want to blind bake your tart,head on over to my Rhubarb Tart recipe for instructions.
Here are a few tips I've learnt along the way.......
- Work quickly with your pastry. You want a crumbly moist pastry, over working it can make it quite chewy.
- All your ingredients must be cold, if your pastry gets quite warm you will end up with a dense pastry.
- CHILL your pastry! I never used to do this back in the day but now it is a MUST! Even after you have put it in your tin,you must re-chill it. Your pastry must go into the oven cold. It will help to avoid shrinking and cracking.
Don't be scared,go make some. I've done all of the above wrong in the past but you will learn as you go and it usually turns out delicious, even if it does shrink and crack!
Below are some recipes I've made using Shortcrust Pastry.
|Mini Lemon Meringue Pies|
|Strawberry Frangipane Tart|