Pastry – in 5 minutes
For many people the idea of making their own pastry can be a bit scary. So, with this recipe I’ll show you how quick and easy it is to make your own sweet or savoury shortcrust pastry at home, in 5 minutes. It’s ideal for tarts, quiches, apple pies, cheese sticks or any other filling or topping you can come up with.
To make this quickly you’re going to need a food processor, or a stick blender with a bowl attachment (this is what I use). Find a clean and clear work surface and get your scales, rolling pin, tart tin and everything else ready before hand.
The recipe will make enough pastry for a 9-10″ tart tin. If you need to make a larger or smaller amount, just remember to use half as much butter as flour, and add the water sparingly, a little at a time.
- 200g plain flour
- 100g butter, cubed
- 3 tbsp sugar (for sweet pastry)
- a pinch of salt (for savoury pastry)
- 3 tbsp water
Put the flour, then butter, into your food processor. Add the sugar or salt, depending on whether you’re making sweet or savoury pastry.
Pulse 10 times, or until everything is mixed together, with no lumps.
Add 2 ½ tablespoons of water and pulse a further 10 times. If the mixture starts to clump together, it’s ready, otherwise add another ½ tablespoon of water and pulse a few more times.
Transfer to a floured work surface and bring the pastry into a ball with your hands.
Roll into the desired size, fit into the tart tin you’re using and then into the fridge to cool.
The pastry is done, so now you can begin making a filling or topping.
If you’d like some great ideas on what to make with your pastry, click this link!