Sweetcrust pastry (pâte sablée)

Sweetcrust pastry (pâte sablée)
Sweetcrust pastry is one of the basic pastry of French patisserie, used in many tart and cakes recipes, but it can also be rolled out and cut into biscuits, delicious with tea or coffee.

This recipe is given for those who have a mixer (Kenwood, KitchenAid or other), but it can also be done with your hands.

Please note that it's very important to make it several hours before using it, if possible the day before, as then it's much easier to work.
385,0643.7/5 for 44 ratings
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Last modified on: July 1st 2019

For 1 kg 220 g, you will need:

Change these quantities to make: 610 g 1 kg 220 g 2 kg 440 g 3 kg 660 g

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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 5 min.
Sweetcrust pastry (pâte sablée) : Photo of step #1
Put 500 g plain white flour (French Type 45), 350 g butter, 2 eggs, 110 g caster sugar, 125 g ground almonds and 5 g fine (or table) salt in the mixer bowl.

Stage 2
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Start to knead on low speed.

Stage 3 - 3 min.
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After a few minutes the pastry will form. Stop the mixer as soon as possible to get an easy to work dough.

There is no problem if there are still some small pieces of butter not completely mixed in.

Stage 4 - 5 min.
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Finish mixing the dough with a maryse.

Stage 5 - 5 min.
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Put a sheet of plastic film on your weighing-scales, and weigh out about 320 g dough.

Stage 6 - 5 min.
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Form it into a ball.

Stage 7 - 5 min.
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Then flatten the ball into a cake. This will help when you come to out roll it out.

Note that the more flatter it is at this stage, easier it will be later.

Stage 8 - 5 min.
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Wrap the pastry in the plastic film, and write on top what it is.

Stage 9
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Repeat the operation until the end of dough, and put any pastry which you do not intend use within the next few days in the freezer.


Look at this page to see how to to roll out pastry for a tart, and how to "bake blind".


Several days in the fridge, covered by a plastic film.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
5,814 Kcal or 24,342 Kj89 gr507 gr381 gr
291 %34 %48 %58 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
489 Kcal or 2,047 Kj7 gr43 gr32 gr
24 %3 %4 %5 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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After Gaston Lenôtre.

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Plain white flour (French Type 45)Plain white flour (French Type 45): You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Brioche dough, Yeast-based flaky dough (for croissants), ... All
ButterButter: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: How to prepare spinach, Scrambled eggs with butter-fried bread and fresh spinach, Almond macaroon cake, Roscoff loaf, Gâteau Nantais, ... All
Caster sugarCaster sugar: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Crème caramel, Foie gras cured in salt, Fruit crumble, Apple charlotte with toasted brioche, Crème brulée, ... All
Fine (or table) saltFine (or table) salt: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Fresh pasta dough, Nachos, X-Files cookies, Household cake (Gâteau de ménage), Cubed salad, ... All

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