|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 10 to 14|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 14g||18%|
|Saturated Fat 9g||43%|
|Total Carbohydrate 28g||10%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||3%|
|Total Sugars 7g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||0%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Pâté sucrée is a sweet, crumbly French pastry that is used to make classic French dessert tarts such as a fruit tart which often includes a layer of crème pâtissière or pastry cream. One of the tricks to making a perfect crust is chilling it twice—after you form the dough into a disc, and then again once the dough is in the tart pan. Allow two or more hours of chilling time for the dough.
This recipe makes enough dough for two 9-inch or 10-inch tart shells. If you don't need both crusts, you can bake the extra shell and freeze it, or fit the extra dough into a tart pan and freeze the unbaked dough.
3 cups (340 grams) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
1 teaspoon fine salt
1 cup (220 grams) unsalted butter, cold, cut into bits
2 large egg yolks
1 to 4 tablespoons ice water, as needed
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
In a bowl, blend together the flour, sugar, and salt.
Cut in the cold butter with a pastry cutter or fork until the mixture resembles a coarse meal with bits of butter no larger than peas. (Alternatively, you can process the mixture on pulse mode in a food processor.)
Add the egg yolks and continue blending with the pastry cutter (or pulse in the processor) until the eggs are evenly incorporated and the mixture resembles a fine meal.
Stir in the ice water with a fork, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the mixture is just moistened enough to gather and mold into a smooth ball. (Or, with the food processor running, add the water 1 tablespoon at a time just until the mixture forms a dough.)
Divide the dough in half and flatten each portion into a smooth disc. Wrap with plastic and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours, or overnight if you prefer.
Remove the chilled dough from the fridge and allow to rest at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes.
Remove the plastic wrap and, on a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to fit in the tart pan. Lift and turn the dough as you work, keeping the work surface dusted with flour to prevent sticking.
Lay the dough in the tart pan and press it firmly against the sides and bottom without stretching it.
Trim off any excess dough.
Cover and chill the dough in the pan for at least 30 minutes before filling and baking.
To pre-bake the empty tart shell, prick the dough all over with a fork. Cover lightly with foil and bake at 375 F / 190 C for 15 minutes.
Remove the foil, and continue baking until barely colored for a partially baked shell or golden brown for a fully baked shell.
Use in your favorite tart recipe and enjoy!
How to Store and Freeze
- The dough may be refrigerated for up to 24 hours before use, so feel free to make it ahead of time.
- You can also freeze the dough for up to two months. Defrost overnight in the fridge before using.
What Does Pâté Sucrée Mean?
Pâté sucrée means "sweet dough" in French. It is a classic crust used for pies and tarts with a crisp, light texture and a cookie crumb. It's often used for fruit tarts, pies with creamy fillings, and other sweet dishes.
What Is the Difference Between Pâté Sablée and Pâté Sucrée?
There are three basic French pastry crusts, brisée, sucrée, and sablée. Brisée is a basic, unsweetened crust, while pâté sucrée is tender, sweetened crust with a cookie crumb. Pâté sablée is also a sweetened, rich pastry dough, but it is sandy in texture, similar to shortbread. While brisée and sucrée are usually rolled out and laid into tart and pie pans, pâté sablée is usually pressed into the pan.