An easy recipe for Thermomix Sweet Shortcrust Pastry made with plain flour, icing sugar, butter and chilled water. It takes 2 minutes to come together in the Thermomix and is guaranteed not to crack! This recipe makes enough pastry to fill a 23cm tart tin and I've included instructions on how to blind bake.
I love making Sweet Shortcrust Pastry in the Thermomix as it saves so much time. Gone are the days of tirelessly rubbing butter and flour together with your fingers and dropping the mixture everywhere along the way. It's also good to make in the Thermomix as the warmth of your hands can melt the butter therefore making the pastry greasy.
Step by Step Tips for Making Sweet Shortcrust Pastry
Step 1. Weigh the flour, icing sugar, pinch of salt and butter into the Thermomix bowl.
Step 2. Mix for 10 seconds to form bread crumbs then add ice cold water. Ice cold water prevents the butter from melting.
Step 3. Knead for 1-1½ minutes until the dough comes together into clumps.
Step 4. Empty the dough out onto a lightly floured surface.
Step 5. Shape into a disc with your hands, try not to overwork the dough.
Step 6. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.
Step 7. Roll out to a thickness of 2mm and carefully lift it onto the tart tin, pushing it to the corners. Leave the excess pastry to hang over the edge of the tin. Pastry shrinks when cooked so I always trim it after it's been baked but you could also trim off the excess before.
Step 8. Blind bake - scrunch up some greaseproof paper and place it on top of the pastry in the tart tin. Place some pie weights or baking beans on top and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
Step 9. Remove the grease proof paper and pie weights/dried beans and return the tart to the oven for 5 minutes to brown up. Trim the edges after being baked.
To Make Ahead and Freeze
Sweet Shortcrust Pastry can be made ahead and kept in the fridge for 2-3 days. Wrap it up tightly and when you're ready to use it, thaw it out at room temperature for 1-2 hours.
To freeze, wrap it up tightly and freeze for no more than 4 weeks.