Flaky Shortcrust Pastry

  • Preparation 20 MIN
    Cooking 45 MIN
  • Servings 1
  • Makes 2 tart crusts
  • Freezes
Halfway between shortcrust and puff pastry, the texture of this recipe channels buttery croissant. For perfectly flaky results to enjoy with a cup of hot tea, take your time and be gentle with the dough.



  1. In a bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Add the butter and rub between your fingertips, incorporating the mixture as you work, until the butter forms flaky pieces. Gradually add the water and combine until just moistened. Pieces of butter will remain and the dough will be soft and sticky.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into an 8 x 13-inch (20 x 33 cm) rectangle. Brush off any excess flour. Fold the dough into thirds widthwise, then fold in half to create a square. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 45 minutes or until firm.
  3. Cut the dough in half. Cover each piece in plastic wrap. The dough will keep for 2 days in the refrigerator or 1 month in the freezer.

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