Sweet shortcrust pastry

Pâte sucrée (Sweet Shortcrust Pastry)

Pâte sucrée (Sweet Shortcrust Pastry) Recipe

Sweet shortcrust pastry. How to make the dough with creaming method and how to perfectly line and bake tarts. With these tart shells you can make any of your favorite tarts like lemon tart, chocolate tart, blueberry tart, strawberry tart etc.

 

Serving-Makes one 9 inch.(23cm) Tart Base to serve 6

Active time-15 minutes

Chilling time-2 hours

Storage-Up to 3 days in the fridge,well covered.

Ingredients

  • Butter  3 tbsp (1.75 oz/50 g) (Diced,Room temperature)
  • Confectioners Sugar, sifted  1/3 cup (1.75 oz/50 g)
  • Egg  2 tbsp (1 oz/30 g) about 1 egg
  • Salt  1/8 tsp (0.5 g)
  • Flour, sifted  1 cup (4.5 oz/125 g)

Directions

  1. Whisk the butter in a mixing bowl until soft and creamy.
  2. Add the confectioners sugar.
  3. Whisk until the mixture is smooth. Combine the egg and salt and whisk into mixture.
  4. Whisk in the flour.
  5. Turn out the dough onto the work surface and finish combining the ingredients,using your hand and a pastry scraper, until you have a smooth dough.
  6. Shape into a flat disk,cover with plastic wrap, and chill in the fridge for 2 hours.

Tips:

  1. The Butter needs to be soft but not melting.
  2. Before using the dough allow it to rest for at least 2 hours. 

Picture Directions,

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Put softened butter in a bowl.
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Whisk it for 1 minute.
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Add in confectioners sugar.
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Whisk in until creamy.
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Add in egg.
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Whisk until mix nicely.
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Add in flour
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Whisk until just combined. Do not over mix.
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Take out on a flat work surface.
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Combine it with smooth hands.
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Cover with a clingfilm.
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Keep it in refrigerator for 2 hours.
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Take out from fridge. Roll it thin between 2 sheets of parchment.
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Butter the pastry rings. Cut the dough in circles and long strips. Keep it in fridge for few minutes before lining the rings. Now first put round pastry in rings then line long strips around the edges.
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Cut the extra edges
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Freeze the lined tart rings for 20 minutes.
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Put baking beans or some other weight in them and bake in a preheated oven at  325 F(160 C/Gas mark 3) for 20 minutes.
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Take out from the oven. Take off the beans and bake again for 10-15 minutes or until the bottom is crisp.
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Take out let it cool.
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Take out the tarts from rings.
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Clean the tart edges with lemon zester. It will give it a clean finish.
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Brush off the excess crumbs. Sweet shortcrust pastry tarts are ready
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