Granny Mason's Shortcrust Pastry

00h 20

Granny Mason's traditional shortcrust pastry recipe is quick and easy. Perfect for both sweet and savoury pies, tarts and quiches.

Makes 300g.

Ingredients and Method


  • 200g Plain Flour
  • 50g Unsalted Butter
  • 3 tbsp Water, to mix
  • 50g Lard
  • Pinch of Salt


  1. Sift your flour and then mix with the salt in a bowl.
  2. Cut the fat and butter into cubes and add to the flour. Use your fingertips to rub the fat into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  3. Add the water very gradually, stirring it in with a knife.
  4. When the dough begins to stick together, knead it lightly until it forms a ball.
  5. Wrap in cling film and allow to rest for at least 15 minutes in the fridge.
  6. The pastry can be left in the fridge for up to 2 days or alternatively it can be frozen until ready to use.