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Easy Shortcrust Pastry

Our Easy Shortcrust Pastry (called pâte brisée in French) can be utilized for so many different dishes, from sweet to savory! Did we mention it's ultra-easy? It is, in less than 10 minutes your pastry dough will be chilling in the fridge.  

Category Cooking Techniques
Cuisine French
Keyword Easy Shortcrust Pastry
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Servings 292 grams
Author Mean Green Chef


  • 1 ample cup (145 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher sea salt finely ground
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick (120 grams) butter FROZEN unsalted
  • 2-4 Tablespoons water ICE COLD



  1. Put flour and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Add frozen butter and quickly blitz the flour mixture until it resembles a coarse meal.

    Easy Shortcrust Pastry blitzed in food processor.
  2. Add ice water a tablespoon at a time and blitz briefly, about 30 seconds, to form a soft dough.

    Shortcrust pastry being blitzed in the food processor.
  3. Remove dough, shape into a thick disk, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. Bring to cool room temperature before rolling.

    Easy Shortcrust Pastry in plastic wrap for chilling showing depth dough.


  1. Once the dough has chilled at least 30 minutes, remove it from the fridge and let rest for 5 minutes.

    Easy Shortcrust Pastry ready for chilling.
  2. Lightly flour dough and counter, roll out gradually, periodically letting dough rest for a moment before continuing. This makes rolling easier and will keep dough from shrinking back during baking.

    Easy Shortcrust Pastry with rolling pin.

Recipe Notes

  • Prep time is approximate.
  • Shortcrust Pastry can be made a day ahead, just be sure to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and leave i chilling in the fridge.