Looking for shortcrust pastry recipes? Make your own shortcrust pastry then experiment with on-trend spiral courgette tart with dill dressing, put a spin on your classic brownie by folding it into a decadent sweet tart with pecans, or go for fuss-free pineapple tart for a delectably light sweet treat.


Shortcrust pastry can be used in a variety of sweet and savoury dishes, such as summer quiches and savoury tarts, or sweet pies with seasonal fruit fillings or classic lemon or chocolate. Shortcrust pastry provides the classic buttery, crumbly texture for a stunning result that isn't as hard as you may think!

Best shortcrust pastry recipes

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.

Shortcrust pastry recipe

Sweet shortcrust pastry pie

Cherry pie

Combine cherries in kirsch from a jar with fresh black cherries to make a comforting filling for this sweet shortcrust pastry pie.

Slice of cherry pie on a plate

Rhubarb & apple pie

Celebrate tangy, vibrant rhubarb in this fruit pie with latticed shortcrust pastry. Serve with cream, custard, ice cream (or all three!) for a hearty winter pud.

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Rhubarb pie

This classic pie makes a perfect comforting dessert. The orange zest adds a nice freshness and lifts the flavour. Forced rhubarb is available from January to March.

Rhubarb Pie Recipe

Savoury shortcrust pastry pie

Chicken, mushroom and bacon slab pie

Feed a very hungry crowd with this beast of a slab pie (cooked in one baking tray), flavoured with streaky bacon, chicken thighs, chestnut mushrooms and cream.

Chicken and Mushroom Pie Recipe With Bacon

Cheese and tomato pie

Make an easy pie with readymade shortcrust pastry. Filled with cheese and onion with an extra layer of tomato this is comfort food at its best.

Cheese and Tomato Pie Recipe

Chicken and ham pie

Save time by using shop-bought pastry to make this cosy classic, filled with thick-cut ham, leeks, chicken thigh fillets and a creamy white sauce.

Chicken and Ham Pie Recipe

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.

Vegan butternut squash pie

This warming spiced pie is made with a vegan pie crust. It's just as good eaten the next day – leftovers make a great lunch with a dollop of mango chutney or extra harissa swirled into coconut yogurt.

A blue tablecloth topped with two plates, each one topped with a slice of squash pie with green leaf salad

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.

Turkey, leek & bacon pie

This turkey, leek and bacon pie is a great way to use leftover turkey leg from Christmas dinner, although you could also use turkey or chicken thighs. This recipe comes from The Pelican in Notting Hill.

Turkey, leek and bacon pie on a plate covered in gravy with carrots on plate behind

Sweet shortcrust pastry tarts

Plum and pistachio frangipane tart

Squidgy plums and crunchy pistachios are a match made in heaven in this impressive tart. Use a shop-bought block of shortcrust pastry if you don't fancy making your own.

A plum tart on a peach plate with an olive green napkin

Apple tart

Transform a glut of apples into this classic tart by using our insider tips and tricks.

A round apple tart topped with caramelised apple pieces, with a slice taken out

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.

Cornflake tart

A staple of school dinners, we've given the classic cornflake tart an upgrade with fresh berry jam and extra crunch from peanuts. Serve with custard or cream for the ultimate family-friendly pudding.

A wooden background topped with a golden pastry tart with cornflakes on top

Passion fruit and tonka bean tart

This passion fruit and tonka bean tart is full of creamy, sweet and zesty flavours. The use of ready-made shortcrust pastry means it can be prepared in only 30 minutes, too. Now try more passion fruit recipes.

Passion fruit and tonka bean tart with a slice cut out and put on a plate in front

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.

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.

Savoury shortcrust pastry tarts

Tomato tarte tatin

Encase juicy cherry tomatoes in crisp, golden pastry to make this show-stopping savoury version of the classic French tarte tatin.

Tomato Tarte Tatin Recipe

Broccoli quiche

Put purple sprouting broccoli at the centre in this spring tart recipe seasoned with fresh thyme. Serve with a simple green salad for an easy veggie dinner.

Goats Cheese Tart Recipe For Broccoli Quiche

Asparagus quiche with capers

Spotlight seasonal asparagus in this recipe with a nutty brown butter pastry crust, punchy capers and gruyère - perfect for weekend entertaining.

Quiche with asparagus and two slices cut out

Tartiflette tart

You can make everything for this tart – pastry shell and filling – ahead of time. Just fill with crispy bacon lardons, pickled cornichons and melt-in-the-mouth reblochon cheese and bake to serve.

French Tartiflette Tart Recipe with Shortcrust Pastry

Quiche Lorraine

Make this easy yet impressive quiche Lorraine with buttery shortcrust pastry. Gruyère cheese, double cream and pancetta provide a wonderfully rich and flavourful filling for this classic tart.

Sliced quiche Lorraine on a plate

Cauliflower cheese tart

Grana padano makes this cauliflower cheese taste really special - it's a similar style cheese to parmesan, but as it can be sold younger, it’s often a lot cheaper and still gives the results needed.

Cauliflower Cheese Tart Recipe

Pesto and potato tart

Check out our super simple vegetarian pesto and potato Tart. This family-friendly recipe uses ready-rolled pastry, so you'll have dinner on the table in no time. Plus, it's low in calories, too.

Pesto Tart Recipe with Potato

‘Eat your greens’ quiche Lorraine

Take your quiche Lorriane to the next level with our ultimate recipe packed with crispy pancetta and wilted green veggies. It serves six, so you can enjoy what's left with a green salad the next day.

Classic Quiche Lorraine with Greens

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.

Spiral courgette tart with dill dressing

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.

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.


Butternut squash tart

Make a centrepiece squash tart with walnut pastry, silky whipped feta and warming spices, perfect for entertaining this autumn.

A whole butternut squash tart with crispy sage leaves on top

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