How to make shortcrust pastry recipe

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  • Nut-free
  • Vegetarian
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 10 min

Making shortcrust pastry is easier than it looks, and saves you spending money on ready-to-bake ones – plus, it’s healthier! You’ll only need four ingredients to make this simple shortcrust pastry recipe and a quick 10 mins. Time to learn how to make shortcrust pastry…

Once you’ve mastered shortcrust, try our easy puff pastry recipe right here!


  • 250g plain flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 60g butter
  • 60g lard


  • Put all the ingredients into the bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

  • Add 2 tbsp very cold water and pulse again. Gradually add enough water to bring the dough together. Don’t add too much or the pastry will become tough.

  • Empty the dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll it into a ball. Wrap in cling film and rest for 30 minutes.

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