No Fail Short Crust Pastry – (Thermomix) Sweet or Savoury by Serena

My short crust pastry never fails me. It also doesn’t need to go in the fridge for a decade before you can use it. Ok, its 30 minutes but MY GOD, how long is that 30 minutes???

No Fail Short Crust Patry

  • Servings: 1 top and bottom 20cm pie crust
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 400g plain flour
  • 100g frozen cubed butter
  • 100g frozen cubed shortening (Frymasta Edible Veg Shortening from Coles is Ideal)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp salt for savoury pastry or 30g sugar for sweet pastry
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup iced water


In a measuring jug, add half a dozen ice cubes and cold water up until the 1/2 cup mark

Weigh 400g flour into your TMX bowl. Add 1 tsp salt if making savoury pastry or 30g sugar If making sweet pastry. Pulse (turbo) twice to mix.

Add 100g frozen butter and 100g frozen shortening

Mix on speed 4 for 10 seconds. Check consistency. It should be like fine breadcrumbs. If not, do a further 5 seconds.

Add both egg yolks and 1/4 c ice water. Mix on speed 6 for 10 seconds. Check that its coming together in clumps. Set timer for 20 seconds and turn to speed 6. Dribble ice water in through the centre hole slowly until all the pastry gathers in a lump around the centre blade. Turn off the machine and turn upside down. Release the blade and let the pastry and blade come out onto a floured surface. Your pastry will be slightly sticky, that’s ok. remove the blade and knead a couple of times quickly on the flour until the pastry isn’t sticky.

This pastry is ready to be rolled. If you are not going to use is straight away, store in fridge or freezer. The reason it doesn’t have to rest is because its so cold from the frozen fats.

Notes* You can do this with room temp or cold butter and shortening but you would need to chill it before rolling and then chill it again before baking to stop it shrinking. I wouldn’t recommend room temperature fats for pastry. I keep cubed frozen shortening and butter in my freezer at all times for pastry

If you do any of my recipes and it hasn’t worked for you, please contact me. If you have made any of my recipes and loved them, please don’t forget to leave a note on my blog, especially if you have made some tweaks that have worked out! Thank you!

Serena x

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