I never wanted to bother making pastry from scratch. But I have done it once to find out how easy it is. My shortcrust pastry is very versatile. It can be sweet or savoury. I always use ordinary salted Butter. The softness can be adjusted by adding Cold Water or more Flour.
Plain Flour 1 & 3/4 cups *OR 2 cups for harder pastry
Large Egg 1
Caster Sugar 1/3 to 1/2 cup *for sweet pastry
Vanilla Extract 1 teaspoon *for sweet pastry
Parmesan Cheese 50g *grated, for cheesy pastry
Instant Coffee Powder 2 to 3 teaspoons *good for chocolate tart
Food Processor Method: Place dry ingredients and Butter in a food processor, process until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add lightly beaten Egg and process until dough just comes together. Turn out on a lightly floured surface. Knead gently and shape into a disc.
Basic Method: Place dry ingredients into a large bowl, add Butter and rub in with fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add lightly beaten Egg and mix to combine. Knead the dough gently on a lightly floured surface and shape into a disc.
Like-Cookie-Dough Method: Beat softened Butter and Sugars until smooth. Beat in Egg and Vanilla, and mix well. Add Flour and mix to combine, then knead gently and shape into a disc.