Sweet Shortcrust Pastry

A lovely light pastry for use in sweet pies and tarts with very little shrinkage.

1 hour 20 mins
Prep Time
Sweet Shortcrust Pastry



  1. Sift the flour into a mixing bowl, and drop in the butter cut into small pieces.
  2. Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
  3. Stir in the sugar followed by the egg yolks and the water if the mix seems too dry.
  4. Mix quickly to a stiff dough, using a round-bladed table knife, knead lightly until smooth then shape into a rectangular block, wrap well and chill for 1 hour before using. Use for sweet pies and tarts.
  5. Store for 3-4 days in a fridge or 1-2 months in a freezer.
    When freezing, roll out the pastry into thin sheets, freeze on a tray until solid, and then transfer to a large zip lock bag for storage (placing baking paper between the sheets). This method ensures quick and easy defrosting for added convenience. Alternatively, freeze the pastry in a block, allowing extra time for thawing before rolling out as needed.


Add 4 tsp mixed spice to flour.


Add 1 cup chopped walnuts or nuts of your choice, before mixing to a stiff dough.

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Mum use to make apple shortcake all the time, first time making it, I had a little trouble rolling it out and breaking, it tasted good though with my apples & some milk, much better than brought sweet pastry, no contest


'G' Can't be a Kiwi. This is many generations of good old Kiwi kai.


Very good, much better than the pastry sheets available in stores now.
Miss not being able to buy Edmonds Pastry Sheets anymore.


it was ok just don't think its something I would use again made me a bit sick and tasted a bit funky

Oscar Donald

Super quick and foolproof, do it all in the bowl to save the mess

Poti Wilson

Excellent for apple pie and apple meringue base

Ana R

Yum! I'm going to try and make this pastry. Very sad that they aren't being sold in the supermarkets anymore :(


Just what i was looking for. Perfect recipe for a lovely pastry that will bring memories of nanas kitchen back to life


Good to be able to access our Edmonds recipes easily