Shortcrust pastry

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Jus Rol shortcrust pastry

Make your own

or buy it ready made

Life is too short to be making pastry, buy it ready made, it's cheap and great for making your pies and flans.

The packet of Jus Rol shortcrust pastry shown will make 2 flans if carefully rolled out.


It has a limited fridge life but can be frozen. Leave it in the fridge for a day to defrost.

Oven baked king prawn, garlic and cream cheese puffs

Shortcrust Pastry and Puff pastry cooking times & temperatures

I'm always frustrated that pre-rolled and packaged puff pastry and shortcrust pastry never has the cooking times and temperatures, they all blithely say "refer to your recipe", if you are like me, you often do not use a recipe!

From browsing through my cookbooks, my recipes and studying puff pastry manufacturers websites I've come up with a setting that should work for most recipes.

Normal oven (Convection oven)

Set the oven to 200° C (400° F - gas 6) and bake in the middle of the oven for 20 minutes to 25 minutes. Check after 20 minutes as it's easy to burn the edges from cooking for too long.

Fan oven (Fan assisted oven)

Set the oven to 180° C and bake in the middle of the oven for 15 to minutes to 20 minutes. Check after 15 minutes as it's easy to burn the edges from cooking for too long.

Exceptions to this rule

Where the filling of the pastry is very moist or is cool and likely to lower the pastry cooking temperature inside the pie, the oven temperature should be the same, but you may need an extended cooking time of up to 40 minutes to ensure the pastry puffs up properly. Check regularly to ensure it does not burn. You can lay a sheet of aluminium foil on over any areas that look as though they may get over cooked. This will prevent them from burning.

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