How to make tart cases


How to make tart cases
It's not easy to make beautiful, even tart cases, but here I'll let you into the secret of how the professionals do it.

You will see that there are a lot of little details that make all the difference. It's a bit technical, but don't worry, I'll guide you through the important points.
2,926 8 4.8
Grade this recipe:

Last modified on: October 3rd 2021

Keywords for this recipe:BakingPastryTartsCasesTechnicalTipSilicone
For 6 cases, you will need:

Change these quantities to make: 2 cases 3 cases 6 cases 12 cases 18 cases
How long does it take?
Time required for this recipe:
PreparationRestingCookingStart to finish
1 hour 6 min.45 min.35 min.2 hours 26 min.
At what time:
  • When will I finish if I start the recipe at ... ?
    When should I start for the recipe to be ready at ... ?
  • Work this out...

Step by step recipe


Stage 1 - 1 min.
How to make tart cases : Photo of step #1
We'll be using tart rings, preferably the micro-perforated thermoplastic type, 3" (80 mm) diameter. These are much more practical than the classic tins or moulds.

Space them out on a sheet of cooking parchment laid on a baking sheet.

Stage 2 - 5 min.
How to make tart cases : Photo of step #2
Roll out 300 g Sweetcrust pastry (pâte sablée) really cold, straight from the fridge, to 1/8" (3 mm) thick. The best way to do this is to use a pair of pastry thickness guides.

Stage 3 - 6 min.
How to make tart cases : Photo of step #3
Use a 3" (80 mm) cutter (or one of the tart rings) to cut out circles from the sweetcrust pastry...

Stage 4 - 10 min.
How to make tart cases : Photo of step #4
...and place one in each ring.

Put the baking sheet in the fridge.

Gather the leftover pastry into a large rectangle and put in the freezer for 10 minutes, or refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Note: Throughout this recipe, as always with pastry, cold is your friend.

Stage 5 - 5 min.
How to make tart cases : Photo of step #5
After chilling, your pastry will have firmed up again. Roll out once more to 1/8" (3 mm) thick in a rectangle about 10" (25 cm) x 7" (18 cm).

Stage 6 - 6 min.
How to make tart cases : Photo of step #6
Cut 6 strips of pastry 1" (25 mm) wide, plus a spare one if you err on the side of caution.

Stage 7 - 5 min.
How to make tart cases : Photo of step #7
Lay the strips on another baking sheet and put in the freezer for 5 minutes, or refrigerate for 10 minutes.

Stage 8
How to make tart cases : Photo of step #8
Take out the tray of rings and put a strip of pastry into the first, vertically around the edge.

It will be a bit too long and will stand up above the top of the ring. This is normal and intentional.

Stage 9
How to make tart cases : Photo of step #9
Trim the end of the strip with scissors or a knife to just fit inside the ring.

Press the ends together to seal and make as neat as possible.

Stage 10 - 20 min.
How to make tart cases : Photo of step #10
Press around the bottom edge to seal the side and base together.

Stage 11 - 10 min.
How to make tart cases : Photo of step #11
Prepare each case like this, taking the strips out of the fridge only as you need them, to ensure they stay really cold.

Put the tray of cases back in the fridge for 30 minutes or in the freezer for 10 minutes.

Stage 12 - 8 min.
How to make tart cases : Photo of step #12
Preheat the oven to 320°F (160°C). Trim off the spare pastry around the tops of the rings with a small knife to give a perfect edge.

Note that we do this just before baking and while the pastry is really cold, to limit shrinkage during cooking.

Stage 13 - 25 min.
How to make tart cases : Photo of step #13
Trim all the cases like this, then bake without delay for 20 to 25 minutes.

Stage 14
How to make tart cases : Photo of step #14
Keep a close eye on them for the first 10 minutes, as there is a risk that the top edge of the pastry might droop, as shown in this photo.

If this happens, open the oven and use the back of a small spoon to gently push the pastry upright again.

Stage 15 - 1 min.
How to make tart cases : Photo of step #15
After 25 minutes, take the cases out, but leave the oven on.

Stage 16 - 3 min.
How to make tart cases : Photo of step #16
Remove the rings. Be careful, as these will be hot! The best way is to slip a fork under the edge of the ring, then lift it gently.

Stage 17
How to make tart cases : Photo of step #17
Tip: put the rings in to soak right away, then they will be easier to clean later.

Stage 18 - 5 min.
How to make tart cases : Photo of step #18
Use a brush to glaze the cases. Do this gently as they are still fragile (not fully cooked yet).

Stage 19 - 10 min.
How to make tart cases : Photo of step #19
Put them back in the oven for a further 10 minutes.

Stage 20 - 20 min.
How to make tart cases : Photo of step #20
Leave to cool on a wire rack.

Stage 21 - 6 min.
How to make tart cases : Photo of step #21
When cold, you can give your tart cases a professional finishing touch by "filing" them with a microplane grater to make them smooth and even.

Stage 22
How to make tart cases : Photo of step #22
This photo shows the case before filing (red arrow) and after filing smooth (green arrow).

Stage 23
How to make tart cases : Photo of step #23
Your finished tart cases are ready for filling.

Stage 24
How to make tart cases : Photo of step #24
Now you can see how professional they look with their smooth, even sides.

It takes effort, but the results are worth it.
Remarks
This method can be used with other kinds of tart pastry: shortcrust, sweet, etc.

A possible variation is to put the side band in first, then the base circle. This is the opposite way round and a little trickier, but gives a perfect edge around the base after baking.

The glaze applied in stage 18 has two functions: it gives a better colour, of course, but also protects the bottom of the tart from moisture in the filling, avoiding the need to seal the pastry with chocolate (chablonnage).
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,503 Kcal or 6,293 Kj24 gr129 gr99 gr
75 %9 %12 %15 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
470 Kcal or 1,968 Kj8 gr40 gr31 gr
23 %3 %4 %5 %
Per cases
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
250 Kcal or 1,047 Kj4 gr22 gr17 gr
13 %2 %2 %3 %
% 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).
How much will it cost?
  • For 6 cases : 1.59 €
  • Per cases : 0.27 €

Change currency:

Note : These prices are only approximate.

Some recipes that use this recipe

Little lime tarts
Little lime tarts

With this very quick recipe, you can make little tarts that are nothing like those you find in the shops.
108K4.3 40 min.
Apple and blackcurrant tarts
Apple and blackcurrant tarts

These little tarts taste every bit as good as they look. The sweetcrust pastry cases are filled with a layer of stewed apple and topped with a blackcurrant crémeux. This offers your guests a delightful element of surprise, as the apple flavour is only discovered as they eat it (but only if you've...
8,748 1 hour 8 min.
Pear verbena tarts
Pear verbena tarts

Crisp sweetcrust pastry cases, a velvety diplomat cream flavoured with verbena, and slices of poached pears for delicious and dainty pear verbena tarts.
6,714 1 hour 29 min.
Victoria pineapple and lime tarts
Victoria pineapple and lime tarts

This recipe for dainty tarts has sweetcrust pastry (preferably with coconut) cases, filled with sautéed Victoria pineapple and topped with a lime crémeux.
4,849 21 min.
See all recipes that use it
Source
Home made, though after long discussions on the subject with my baker friend Sébastien..
This recipe uses (among others)
Sweetcrust pastry (pâte sablée)Sweetcrust pastry (pâte sablée): You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Lemon and lime custard tart, Two-coloured chocolate-orange tart, Tarte Bourdaloue, Lemon tart, Flaked almond tart, ... All
Beaten eggBeaten egg: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: "Psychedelic" sandwich bread, Apple and Blackcurrant Brioche Pies, Cramique, Brioche feuilletée (flaky brioche), St Tropez tart, ... All
Other recipes you may also like
Fruit crumble
Fruit crumble
A fruit pudding: very easy to do and delicious: just a layer of fruit with a golden crunchy topping.
301K4.0 1 hour 11 min. February 21th 2011
Passion fruit jellies
Passion fruit jellies
Usually to make fruit jellies or (fruit "paste"), it's like jam but you need to cook fruit pulp and sugar much longer. Unfortunately, this long cooking is bad for both vitamins and flavour. In this recipe we use a special jam gelling agent, to reduce cooking time as much as possible .
288K4 2 hours 30 min. July 4th 2018
4 pears salad with vanilla
4 pears salad with vanilla
It's a very easy recipe, everything depends on the choice of differents kinds of pears all fully ripe, to give a delicious contrast in the mouth.
189K4.2 37 min. February 21th 2011
Finger biscuits
Finger biscuits
These small biscuits, that look a bit like savoy biscuits, are delicious alone or with Champagne, but are also the base for charlottes or Tiramisu.
303K5 50 min. July 30th 2021
Confectioner's custard (Crème pâtissière, or French pastry cream)
Confectioner's custard (Crème pâtissière, or French pastry cream)
Quite similar to crème anglaise but much thicker. It is used in many pastries like choux pastry (pâte à choux) or millefeuille.
645K 303.9 36 min. January 27th 2017
News list of cooking-ez.com

Sign up to receive the latest recipes (next batch due to be sent on 2021-10-24)

Your first name or nickname
Your e-mail
I am not a leaving thing
Note: We'll never share your e-mail address with anyone else.
Post your comment or question
Posted by:
I am not a leaving thing
Follow this recipe
If you are interested in this recipe, you can "follow" it, by entering your email address here. You will then receive a notification immediately each time the recipe is modified or a new comment is added. Please note that you will need to confirm this following.
I am not a leaving thing
Note: We'll never share your e-mail address with anyone else.
Alternatively: you can subscribe to the mailing list of cooling-ez.com , you will receive a e-mail for each new recipe published on the site.

Back to top of page