Simple Sweet Pastry

Simple Sweet Pastry Recipe
Baked Pine Nut and Honey Tart

Elaine Lemm

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Yield: 1 tart
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
226 Calories
12g Fat
25g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 226
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 102mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 45mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Basic shortcrust pastry is the easiest pastry to make, it is a versatile pastry suitable for sweet or savory dishes. Sometimes a sweet shortcrust pastry is needed, especially for desserts and sweet pies as it adds extra flavor and depth. A rich shortcrust pastry recipe is similar to basic shortcrust but has an egg and sugar added to it. This pastry is also known as pate sucrée.
Though it may at first seem a little sticky, the rich shortcrust pastry is a little easier to handle than basic pastry. But as with any pastry recipe, resting is the key to success as once rested in the refrigerator, the pastry will keep its shape during cooking.


  • 8 ounces (225 grams) all-purpose flour

  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup/110 grams) unsalted butter, cubed, or an equal mix of butter and lard

  • 2 tablespoons fine sugar, or caster sugar

  • 1 large free-range egg

  • 1 splash milk, for binding

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. 

  2. Place the flour, butter and sugar into a large clean bowl.

  3. Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, working as quickly as possible to prevent the dough from becoming warm.

  4. Add the egg to the mixture and using a cold knife, stir until the dough binds together. Add milk a teaspoon at a time if the mixture is too dry.

  5. Wrap the dough in Saran wrap/Clingfilm and chill for a minimum of 15 minutes, up to 30 minutes. This helps the pastry to rest. You can also roll the pastry and then rest it in the fridge. It is up to you.

  6. The dough can also be made in a food processor by mixing the flour, butter, and salt in the bowl of the processor, just mix it carefully on a pulse setting. When the mixture resembles breadcrumbs, add the water, slowly, through the funnel until the dough comes together in a ball. Wrap in Saran wrap/ Clingfilm and chill as above.

Recipe Variations

Use equal quantities of all-purpose flour and cake flour for a lighter pastry.


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  • Use the pastry in your favorite recipes. It will normally be cooked at around 325F/170C/Gas 3.

Other Recipes

Here are a few recipes where you can use sweet pastry:

Sweet pastry is used in any (you guessed it) sweet tart recipe. Plain shortcrust is fine, and of course, works very well. However, the addition of the egg and the sugar makes a more substantial case with just a light sweetness to it. It does not dominate the flavor of the finished dish.

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