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Best ever shortcrust pastry recipes

In anticipation of GBBO's pastry week, we've unearthed our ultimate savoury and sweet shortcrust pastry recipes suitable for novice and experienced bakers alike. Experiment with on-trend spiral courgette tart with dill dressing, put a spin on your classic brownie by folding it into a decadent tart with pecans, or go for fuss-free pineapple tart for a delectably light sweet treat.

Goat’s cheese and red onion tarts

Impress your guests by bringing out this delicious veggie tart made from scratch. Creamy goats cheese and sweet red onion is baked on top of shortcrust pastry with thyme and balsamic vinegar. A little effort but worth it.

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Picnic pie

You’ll need to put in some extra effort for this recipe, but the payoff will be great. This meaty picnic pie makes a mean, hearty meal.


Beef, mushroom and red wine pies

Beef cooked slowly in red wine and herbs until tender is good enough on its own, but topped with a crisp shortcrust pastry lattice, it’s even better. These easy pies are smart enough to serve up for a dinner party.


Spiral courgette tart with dill dressing

Spiralising is becoming more and more trendy, so try this new take on spiralised courgette in a beautiful vegetarian tart. It’s low-calorie, low fat and 5:2 diet friendly for a healthy entertaining meal.


Shortcrust pastry

Forget ready-made, make your own shortcrust pastry from scratch with our easiest recipe. It takes just 15 minutes so why not? Perfect for your next lemon meringue pie.


Lemon and almond tarts

If you like Bakewell tart you’ll love this lemon version. A crisp shortcrust shell is filled with lemon curd and a rich egg and ground almond sponge. Serve warm straight from the tin or at room temperature with a nice cup of tea. 


Chocolate brownie pecan tart

What’s better than a brownie? A chocolate brownie-filled tart with a crisp pecan topping. This rich dessert is easily made ahead if you are entertaining. Serve with creme fraiche or ice-cream.


Piña colada tarts

Add a Caribbean twist to your baking with pineapple, coconut and rum flavours of piña colada. Use ready-baked tarts if you want to make this dessert even easier. 


Chilli and chocolate tart with peanut chipotle brittle

A rich, fruity dark chocolate like those from Papua New Guinea will go very well with the chilli. The chilli flavour in this should be an underlying buzz rather than a real kick of heat, so don’t be tempted to add too much.


Pineapple tart

This pineapple tart makes for an easy but impressive pudding. It’s best to buy a peeled whole section of pineapple for this recipe. It’s at its best around February time. 


Freeform courgette galette 

This recipe for freeform courgette galette is easy to make, vegetarian and ready in under an hour. Plus, it looks stunning when you bring it to the table


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