How to line a tart tin

A top down view of a lemon meringue pie
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here’s nothing more satisfying than a delicious pie in perfectly cooked pastry. I absolutely adore a pie. In fact, arguably my favourite dessert has got to be Lemon Meringue Pie (apart from when nothing but chocolate will do).

To make all sorts of superb pies or tarts, one must start with lining a tart tin. It may seem a little challenging to lift the pastry into the tin but it’s really simple when you now how. Below I will outline how to line a tart tin in 4 simple steps.

The ideal tart tin to use is metal and has a removable bottom. The metal tends to make the pastry cook butter and the removable bottom allows you to simply press up on the base to remove the tart from the tin.

Step 1

Roll out the pastry with a rolling pin on a cool, lightly floured surface. You want to aim to roll it into a circle that is about an inch or so larger than the tart tin you’re using.
Rolling out shortcrust pastry with a rolling pin
Shortcrust pastry flipped over on top of rolling pin

Step 2

Flip the pastry over the rolling pin and lift the pastry into your tin.

Step 3

Gently press the pastry flat across the base of the tin and up at the sides.
Gently pressing shortcrust pastry into a tart tin
Rolling pin on top of tart tin to cut off excess pastry

Step 4

To cut off any excess pastry, roll the rolling pin all around the top edge of the tin.

Now you can fill your pastry with your preferred pie filling

Shortcrust pastry linning a tart tin
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