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Easy Pastry Recipes using Shortcrust Pastry:

Shortcrust pastry tends to be the most popular and easiest pastry to make, and is often used  for baking pies, quiches, cakes etc. These easy recipes use the following basic shortcrust pastry recipe:

Ingredients for Shortcrust Pastry Recipe:

Easy Pastry Recipes - rubbing in method

Easy Pastry Recipes – rubbing in method

  • 4oz (100g) plain flour
  • 1oz (50g) lard (at room temperature)
  • 1oz (50g) butter (at room temperature)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Water (as required)

Method:

  • Sift the flour and salt into a bowl
  • Cut the fat into small pieces and add to the flour
  • Lightly rub the fat into the flour as quickly as possible using your fingertips or the warmth from your hands will make the pastry oily and difficult to roll out
  • Rub in until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs
  • Sprinkle on 1 tablespoon of water and start bringing the mixture together using a knife
  • Gradually add more water until all the fat and flour is incorporated into the dough ball, leaving the bowl completely clean (be careful not to add too much water or your pastry will become too sticky)
  • Place the pastry in cling film and leave it to rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  • Remove from fridge and once at room temperature it’s ready to roll out
  • Place the dough on a lightly floured board and roll out using a floured rolling pin
  • Unbaked pastry can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days or can be frozen for up three months

 Easy Pastry Recipes

Quick Quiche:

The  quantities used in the shortcrust pastry recipe above will be perfect for making this quick quiche recipe.

Ingredients:

Quick Quiche Recipe - easy pastry recipes

Quick Quiche Recipe – easy pastry recipes

  • 1 quantity of shortcrust pastry (as above)
  • 100g (4oz) lean ham (cut into small pieces)
  • 3 – 4 spring onions
  •  2 medium eggs
  • 175ml milk
  • 100g (4oz) mature cheddar cheese (grated)

Method:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/ 360°F/ Gas Mark 5
  • Make pastry as per the recipe above
  • Roll out the pastry so it’s plenty large enough to cover your flan tin
  • Lift the pastry over the flan tin and press it into the base and sides of the tin
  • Trim the overhanging pastry with a sharp knife
  • Line the pastry with baking parchment and cover with baking beans or scrunched up foil (to prevent it lifting when cooking)
  • Place the tin on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes

Filling:

  • Whilst the pastry is cooking , mix the ham with the onions and cheese
  • Break the eggs into a wide jug and mix in the milk and seasoning
  • Sprinkle the cheese , ham and onion over the cooked pastry case
  • Place the flan tin back on the baking sheet and pour the egg mixture over the filling
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown

Pie Recipe:

To make a pie (with a top and bottom) you will need double the quantity of pastry shown in the recipe above.

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/ 360°F/ Gas Mark 5
  • Make pastry as per the above recipe
  • Lightly grease a pie dish (if you don’t have a pie dish you can use a deep plate)
  • Divide the pastry into two. Roll out half the pastry so it’s plenty large enough to cover your pie dish / plate
  • Lift the pastry over the pie dish/ plate and press it into the base and sides
    Easy Pastry Recipe

    Easy Pastry Recipe

  • Trim the overhanging pastry with a sharp knife
  • Add the filling of your choice
  • Roll out the remaining pastry so it’s larger than the pie dish
  • Brush the edges of the pie with milk (so the lid will stick)
  • Place the pastry on top of the pie and press down the edge of the pastry with a fork
  • Trim the pastry with a sharp knife
  • Brush the top of the pie with milk or beaten egg (egg will give a shinier finish)
  • Cook for 30 – 40 minutes depending on the depth of your pie or until golden brown

Jam Tarts:

This is a ideal way of using up any leftover pastry.

  • Simply lightly grease a bun tin.
  • Roll out your leftover pastry and cut out using a biscuit cutter
  • Transfer into bun tin
  • Add a teaspoon of your preferred jam
  • Cook for 10 – 15 minutes or until golden brown
Currant Cake:
Again this is a perfect recipe for making use of your leftover pastry. It’s very much an approximation, as it depends how much pastry you have left.
Currant Cake Recipe - how to use leftover pastry

Currant Cake Recipe – how to use leftover pastry

  • Pre-heat oven to 180°C / 350°F / Gas Mark 4
  • Roll out your remaining pastry – to approx 5mm
  • Place a handful of currants, 1 – 2 tablespoons of sugar, and a few small knobs of butter onto the middle of the pastry
  • Bring the outside of the pastry to the centre (like a purse) and press together so all the currants are covered
  • Turn the pastry over and roll it out to approx 5mm – 1cm thickness
  • Brush the top of the pastry with milk and sprinkle with plenty of brown sugar
  • Cook for approx 10-15 minutes or until golden brown
  • Leave to cool and serve with butter!
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