STEP 1: Place the salt, sugar and flour into a large mixing bowl.
STEP 2: Add the butter and press it through your fingers, rubbing it into the flour until you are left with what should look a little like bread crumbs, this will take about five minutes.
STEP 3: Pour a little water at a time into the mixture, stirring with a spoon, you won't use all of the water, just add enough to make it moist enough to knead. (You don't want this mixture to be dry or crumbly so too much water is better than not enough)
STEP 4: Tip the pastry out onto the bench and knead until it is well combined.
STEP 5: Wrap in grease proof paper and pop in the fridge for approximately thirty minutes then follow the instructions on the recipe you are using.