After making my first tart recipe with peaches I read more recipes about making tarts and since this one worked fine for me I decided to post the tart shell separately as I will be using it a lot in the future.
Basic Tart Shell or Pâte Brisée
Makes two – 9 inch (23 cm) tart shells.
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons (or more if your like it sweet) granulated white sugar ( skip for savory tarts)
- 1 cup (2 sticks) (226 grams) unsalted butter, chilled, and cut into small pieces
- Ice water (about 2 – 3 tbsp)
In a food processor, place the flour, salt, and sugar and process until combined. Add the butter and process until the mixture resembles coarse meal (about 15 seconds). Pour water in a slow, steady stream until the dough just holds together when pinched.Do not process more than 30 seconds.
Turn the dough out onto your work surface on parchment paper (you will need this later on) and gather it into a ball. Divide the dough into two equal pieces, flatten each portion into a disk, cover with cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes to one hour before using. At this point you can also freeze the second dough for later use.
Place the pastry back on the parchment paper and flatten with your hands.Cover with parchment or cling film and roll out the pastry to fit into your tart pan. With the parchment paper it is easy to turn the pastry round as you are rolling, it never sticks on the counter, no flour is required to be added and it is easy to flip into the tart pan.
When you have inverted the dough in the tart pan, cut off any dough, which is in excess, prick bottom of dough (this will prevent the dough from puffing up as it bakes). Cover with the same cling film you used and refrigerate for 20 minutes to chill the butter.
For baking the tart shell:
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C and place rack in centre of oven. Line the unbaked pastry shell with the parchment paper you have already used and cover with beans or any other similar weight, making sure the beans are evenly distributed over the entire surface.
Bake crust for 20 to 25 minutes or until the crust is dry and lightly browned. Remove beans and cool crust on wire rack.
Proceed with desired recipe that calls for a pre-baked shell.
Note: Do not discard the beans as you can use them to bake many more tarts.
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