How to Make the Perfect Shortcrust Pastry

Posted on 7 March 2014

Tags: Video, recipe, pies

Often people don't make their own shortcrust pastry because it seems too difficult (or perhaps simply unfamiliar) a task. It's actually very easy - and Lyndsay shows us how in this quick little video. She covers

  • the ideal ratio of flour to butter
  • how to keep your pastry cool
  • how to account for hot hands
  • how to breadcrumb
  • why you need to be careful about the amount of water you add
  • how and why you need to ridge (and what ridging is!)
  • why you shouldn't add too much flour to your worktop before rolling
  • and - lastly - how to roll it out neatly...


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