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Pâte Sucrée

Pâte Sucrée

This is a basic recipe for a tart pastry dough.
Cookies made from the leftover dough are also delightful.

Ingredients: About 200 g: Enough for 2 large tarts

Cake flour
125 g
Butter
60 g
Powdered sugar
40 g
Egg
1/2
Egg yolk
1
Vanilla essence
a small amount
Strong flour (for dusting), cake flour is also fine
as needed

Steps

1. Prep work: Sift the flour. Bring the butter to room temperature. Combine the egg and egg yolk.
2. To make the pastry crust dough: Place the butter in a bowl, then whip until creamy. Stir in the sugar until well combined.
3. Stir in the egg a little at a time, add the vanilla essence and mix.
4. Add the cake flour, then lightly fold until even. Sirring while moving the spatula in the shape of a "J" makes mixing easy.
5. Form a ball, then put the dough in a plastic bag or wrap in plastic wrap. Set in the refrigerator for 40 minutes to 1 hour. At this step, you could also store it in the freezer for later use.
6. Before forming the tart pastry crust, preheat the oven to 180°C.
7. To form the tart pastry crust: Dust work surface with flour, then take out tart dough. I place the dough on a sheet of plastic wrap then dust it.
8. Roll out to a 3-mm thickness to a circle slightly larger than the tart mold. ※ Be careful not to make the edges too thin.
9. Firmly press the dough into the tart mold, roll a rolling pin over the top of the tart edges, then trim off excess dough. Pierce evenly with a fork.
10. To bake: If using only as a tart base: Bake for 15 minutes at 180°C, then fill with cream or other filling that doesn't require baking.
11. Fill with crème d'amandes (See Recipe ID: 1030299) up to 80 percent full, then bake for 13 minutes at 180°C. You could then use this as a base for a fruit tart.
12. This recipe makes enough dough for two large tarts. Store any leftover dough in the freezer. To thaw, set in the refrigerator.

Story Behind this Recipe

This is a time-honored recipe for sweet pastry crust for tarts.
I've always thought tarts are surprisingly easy to make.