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Shortcrust Pastry Dough Recipe | Basic & Flaky (without Eggs)

Shortcrust Pastry is a versatile pastry dough which is used to make so many pastries, pies, tarts. Learn how to make shortcrust pastry with step by step instructions. In this post I am going to share basic eggless pastry dough which is both sweet and savoury.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Resting Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine French
Servings 1 batch


  • 400 grams All Purpose Flour
  • 200 grams Unsalted Butter (must be cold)
  • a pinch Salt
  • ½ cup Sugar powdered
  • as needed Cold Water

Sweet Shortcrust Pastry Dough Recipe

  • 400 grams All Purpose Flour
  • 200 grams Unsalted Butter (must be cold)
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • as needed Cold Water


Sweet Short Crust Pastry Recipe

  • In a mixing bowl add flour,salt,sugar and mix well.
  • Add in chopped cold butter and rub with your fingers till it forms coarse crumbs.
  • Add a spoonful of water and mix well using a spoon, if it is too dry add spoonful more water. Now form this to a dough. Dont knead too much.
  • Cover it with plastic wrap and chill it in the fridge for 1 hour.
  • Now you can use this for any recipe as you like..

Savoury Short Crust Pastry Recipe

  • Take flour, salt, pepper in a bowl and mix well.
  • Add cold butter and rub the butter into flour.
  • Add in cold water and mix well to a dough.
  • Wrap the dough in plastic and chill for 30 min before using.
  • You can use this dough for quiche, savoury tarts or pies.



  • Reducing the butter quantity will result a hard crust. So use butter as mentioned.
  • Don't over knead the dough, else the gluten will develop in the dough which results in chewy crust.
  • Use cold water for kneading the dough and cold butter, this will give flaky crust.
  • This dough has a little more sugar,this dough is best for making sweet filling pies or any sweet preparations.
  • If you are making it for savoury don't use the sugar.
Keyword shortcrust pastry
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