Definition of pastry in English:



  • 1[mass noun] A dough of flour, fat, and water, used as a base and covering in baked dishes such as pies.

    ‘spread the mixture over the pastry’
    • ‘Pour a little rose water in to fruit salads, use it to flavour thick syrups or add it to pastry and biscuit doughs, or whipped cream.’
    • ‘To make the basic suet pastry, sift the flour, baking powder and salt together, then rub in the suet.’
    • ‘Brush the pastry rim with egg or water then lay the rolled pastry on top.’
    • ‘Spread it into the warm pastry case (or into the cold pastry, if it has been baked in advance).’
    • ‘Bake the pastry until golden brown, flattening it with a spatula if it begins to bubble during baking.’
    • ‘The knight plays along, and gulps up much of the venison pastry the hermit brought out.’
    • ‘This had thin, short pastry nicely dusted with icing sugar and was delicious.’
    • ‘Modern recipes often call for lining the dish with pastry, so that the end result looks more like a cherry tart than a true clafoutis.’
    • ‘Brush with egg mixed with water and bake in a hot oven, 200c till pastry is golden.’
    • ‘To make the pastry, sift the flour and salt into a bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.’
    • ‘On a lightly floured surface roll the pastry into a rectangle approximately 20x13 cm.’
    • ‘I'm happy enough to make pastry with vegetable oil but a crumble needs something more solid.’
    • ‘Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to the thickness of a £1 coin.’
    • ‘Nanxiang Xiaolong has its own type of special thin pastry and a delicious mixture contained in the shell.’
    • ‘Line a large 9-inch pie plate or flan dish with shortcrust pastry, oatmeal pastry or potato.’
    • ‘It then offered several sets of instructions for using dough in cookies, pastry, bread, and the like.’
    • ‘It's been a stodgy, indigestible day, rather like a failed suet pastry.’
    • ‘The filling of the meat gyozza dumplings tasted like a bad Forfar bridie inside tough pastry with an old fat fryer niff to it.’
    • ‘The signature dish consists of filo pastry stuffed with haggis sitting on a sweet plum sauce.’
    • ‘Put some stuffing in the middle of a piece of pastry, then a steak, and some more stuffing.’
    1. 1.1[count noun]An item of food consisting of sweet pastry with a cream, jam, or fruit filling.
      ‘brightly coloured cakes and pastries’
      • ‘There were separate tables for vegetables, for breads, and for a cascading display of cakes and pastries.’
      • ‘There was a wide variety of fruits and pastries that were beautifully arranged and decorated.’
      • ‘Various pastries, tarts, scones and slices were on display, but my willpower stayed steadfast.’
      • ‘At the end there are pastries and strudels of the sort that would be the toast of Vienna.’
      • ‘Sweet snacks might then be seen as splitting into baked snacks like biscuits or pastries vs. confections like candy.’
      • ‘You can even grow papayas and bananas so your pirates can have fruit pastries.’
      • ‘Other popular desserts are pastries, milk and egg pudding, and rice pudding.’
      • ‘Among the favourite snacks listed were chocolate, crisps, pastries and cakes, pies and sausage rolls.’
      • ‘A larger sister shop with pizza, gelato, pastries and more will open soon in the downtown.’
      • ‘The pudding menu changes daily to accommodate a repertoire of home-made ice creams, cakes and pastries.’
      • ‘This week we're going to do choux pastries, chocolate mousses and other sweet things.’
      • ‘So how can French women put away as much ice-cream, rich pastries and steak frites as they want and yet stay so slim?’
      • ‘I also tried a coconut cream pie with a chocolate base and pastry.’
      • ‘There is a fresh fruit section, pastries, salad, sandwiches, a main entrée and a pasta bar.’
      • ‘By tradition on her name day, she would be expected to hand out gifts of cakes, sweets and pastries to villagers.’
      • ‘For true authenticity, finish with sweet pastries, strong coffee and lots of dancing.’
      • ‘For desserts, Canopy offers caramel custard, pastries or pudding, along with tea and coffee.’
      • ‘All over Germany there are Konditorei famous for their torte and kuchen, fruit tarts and pastries.’
      • ‘On the ground floor, an array of cheeses, salamis, olive oil, fruit, nougat and pastries to die for.’
      • ‘Temptations in the form of infinite variety of ice-creams and pastries were never resisted.’
      tart, tartlet, pie, pasty, patty, turnover, slice
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Late Middle English (as a collective term): from paste, influenced by Old French pastaierie.