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Shortcrust pastry (pâte brisée)

Shortcrust pastry (pâte brisée)

This is for sweet or savoury tarts, quiches or pies. The difference between this and sweetcrust pastry (pâte sablée) is in the very small amount of sugar and the absence of ground almonds.

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Last modified on: November 12th 2018

For 900 g, you will need:

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Step by step recipe

Stage 1
5 min.
Shortcrust pastry (pâte brisée) : Photo of step #1 In the food processor bowl, pour 2 eggs, 5 g fine (or table) salt and 20 g caster sugar.
Stage 2
5 min.
Shortcrust pastry (pâte brisée) : Photo of step #2 Add 350 g butter, cut in small pieces.
Stage 3
3 min.
Shortcrust pastry (pâte brisée) : Photo of step #3 Then 500 g flour.
Stage 4
Shortcrust pastry (pâte brisée) : Photo of step #4 Switch on the food processor to knead.
Stage 5
3 min.
Shortcrust pastry (pâte brisée) : Photo of step #5 Stop food processor as soon as dough is just mixed, 3-4 minutes maximum, and if necessary finish mixing with your hands.

Shortcrust pastry should be worked as little as possible, and it doesn't matter if there are still a few pieces of butter in the dough.
Stage 6
5 min.
Shortcrust pastry (pâte brisée) : Photo of step #6 Cut dough into pieces of about 300g.
Stage 7
5 min.
Shortcrust pastry (pâte brisée) : Photo of step #7 Make balls, then thick circles, and wrap them in plastic film.

Contrary to a very common idea, you should not keep the pastry in a ball, because it becomes hard, and then it's difficult to roll out.
Stage 8
5 min.
Shortcrust pastry (pâte brisée) : Photo of step #8 Write on weight and date and store in the fridge until use, at least overnight if possible.

You can also freeze this dough easily.

Remarks

If you freeze it, let it thaw slowly overnight in the fridge.

If you make this dough for a savoury tart, omit the sugar.

Nutritional information

% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 900 g : 3.35 €

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