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    The Easiest Shortcrust Pastry

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    12 mins

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    10 mins

    Sonja (South Africa)'s Note:

    This was given to me by my aunt, a prolific baker. I've used it for years, in savoury and sweet pies and it is always great.

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    1. 1
      Simply mix together the ingredients and press into a pie dish.
    2. 2
      If you are going to use a raw filling to bake later, pre-bake the pastry shell for 10 minutes at 180°C.
    3. 3
      To use with cooked fillings or for unbaked pies, pre-bake the pastry shell for 30 minutes at 180°C.
    4. 4
      For a savoury pie, omit the sugar and add 2 tablespoons grated cheddar cheese and a pinch of nutmeg.
    5. 5
      For extra flavour, add 2 tablespoons grated coconut to the pastry mixture.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 13, 2010


      This was horrible! Fell apart and had a very gritty texture.

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    • on November 20, 2009


      I love how simple this pastry is to make, however mine didn't turn out was well as my shortcrust when made using the traditional method. The pastry (I used the 'sweet' version) seemed greasier and the buttery flavour in the pastry was quite strong, despite sticking to the quantities in the recipe. Looks like other people had better luck than me though!

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    • on August 14, 2007


      great, easy receipe, i'm going to put away the rolling pin for good! i did add 3 tsps of dry mustard powder along with the grated cheese,as this is my staple with savoury pastry and old habits die hard! omitted the salt as i felt there is enough with the cheese. i also doubled the ingredients for my flan dish-12 inches diameter. i also chilled the pastry in the flan dish before the prebake for a crispier pastry.

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    Nutritional Facts for The Easiest Shortcrust Pastry

    Serving Size: 1 (247 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1301.3
    Calories from Fat 839
    Total Fat 93.2 g
    Saturated Fat 58.5 g
    Cholesterol 244.0 mg
    Sodium 656.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 103.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.3 g
    Sugars 8.8 g
    Protein 13.8 g

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