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: December 29th 2019

For 900 g, you will need:

Change those ingredients for: 300 g 450 g 900 g 1 kg 800 g 2 kg 700 g

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Stage 1 - 5 min.
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In the food processor bowl, pour 2 eggs, ½ tablespoon fine (or table) salt and 1 ½ tablespoon caster sugar.

Note: If you make this dough for a quiche or a savoury tart, add only the half of indicated sugar.

Stage 2 - 5 min.
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Add 1 23 cup butter, cut in small pieces.

Stage 3 - 3 min.
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Then 3 13 cups flour.

Stage 4
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Switch on the food processor to knead.

Stage 5 - 3 min.
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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.
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Cut dough into pieces of about 300g.

Stage 7 - 5 min.
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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.
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Write on weight and date and store in the fridge until use, at least overnight if possible.

You can also freeze this dough easily.


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

If you intend to make a savory pie, leave half the indicated amount of sugar, do not remove everything, it will not sweeten the dough, but you will have a nice color when cooked.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
4,588 Kcal or 19,209 Kj60 gr390 gr310 gr
229 %23 %37 %47 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
471 Kcal or 1,972 Kj6 gr40 gr32 gr
24 %2 %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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