Pastry making tips

Here are some great pastry making tips when making and handling pastry.  Use these pastry making tips to make great recipes such as golden syrup tarts, cream horns and apple pies.

Golden syrup tart
Golden syrup tart
  • Along with cakes and sponges, when making pastry it does become more important to weigh the ingredients correctly.
  • The type of flour used is also important – sieving flour not only removes any unwanted lumps.
  • Make sure you use clean utensils and very clean hands when making pastry – it is a commonly held view that you need cold hands to make good pastry by hand, so it may be a good idea to wash them under cold running water for a few moments.
  • After making the pastry, either by hand or in a processor, allow it time to rest otherwise it may shrink when baking and turn out rather hard.  Wrap your finished pastry in some cling film and place it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before use.
  • Try your hardest not to overwork the pastry, as the less you handle it, the better it will bake.
  • When rolling out pastry, lightly dust your rolling pin and work surface with a little sieved flour, rather than dusting the pastry itself, as this would add more flour and may slightly change the texture of the pastry.  Always try to treat your pastry gently!

Great pastry recipes

Choux pastry

This pastry recipe shows how to make a choux pastry. This choux pastry recipe can be used to make delicious recipes such as profiteroles.


Dumplings are a traditional accompaniment and are really easy to make.

Sweet pastry

This pastry recipe is for a sweet pastry that can be used to make great tasting cakes such as mince pies.


This is a recipe for profiteroles, also known as cream puffs. This profiteroles recipe uses choux pastry to make plain chocolate profiteroles.

Mince pies

This cake recipe is for mince pies. If you are looking for a mince pies recipe, this recipe is all you need.

Tomato tart

This recipe for a tomato tart is an easy tart recipe to make and makes a great starter. This uses baby tomatoes and Dijon mustard.

Jam and lemon tarts

This tarts recipe is for jam tarts and lemon tarts. This recipe for jam tarts shows how to give your jam and lemon tarts a smooth professional finish.

Pumpkin and chicken vol au vents

Pumpkin vol au vents are a great recipe for cooking pumpkin. This pumpkin recipe uses chicken and vol au vents to make a great tasting snack or meal.

Shortcrust pastry

This pastry recipe is for a shortcrust pastry. If looking for recipes for pastry, this rich shortcrust pastry recipe will be ideal and can be used to make great recipes such as a golden syrup tart.

Vol au vent

This pastry recipe is for pastry vol au vents. This vol au vent recipe can be used to make vol au vents that can be filled with foods of your choice.