How to bake blind

How to bake blind
This method allows you to cook a tart case, and then fill with a preparation which may or may not need further cooking (fruit, chocolate, crème patissière , etc...).
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Last modified on: May 6th 2017

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Stage 1 - 10 min.
How to bake blind
Roll out your pastry and line your tart mould/ring. Trim off excess pastry around the edge with a knife.

The prick all over bottom with a fork or pique-vite (to prevent pastry rising and making bubbles during cooking) and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 210°C or 410°F.

Stage 2 - 30 min.
How to bake blind
Cut out a paper circle (it doesn't matter what kind), approximately 3 or 4 cm larger than the diameter of your mould.

Make small cuts with scissors (about 2 cm long, towards the centre) all around the circle (every cm approximately), so that it sits down into the mould.

You can do this qquickly by folding the circle in 4, as in the photograph, and cutting into the curved edge.

Stage 3 - 5 min.
How to bake blind
Take the mould out of the fridge and place the paper circle inside.

Stage 4 - 5 min.
How to bake blind
Press it down, and pour in something heavy enough to press on the dough and keep it flat. Pay particular attention to around the edge of the mould, so that the pastry is kept in place and cooks "straight" on the sides.

I use lentils, but you can use different things.

Stage 5
How to bake blind
These lentils are very useful, because as they are small they can be used to cook small tarts and mini-pies for aperitifs or "amuse-bouche".

Stage 6 - 15 min.
How to bake blind
Once the mould is filled, put in the oven and cook for approximately 15-20 minutes, watching colouring attentively. It's the edges of tart which colour quickest.

If the tart is meant to go back in the oven later with a filling, it's better for it to barely colour, if not you can cook it a little longer.

Stage 7 - 5 min.
How to bake blind
When cooked, remove from the oven, place on a wire rack and empty out the contents and the paper circle. Do this gently because the tart will be very very fragile.

Stage 8 - 30 min.
How to bake blind
Then leave to cool (important) before adding the filling of your choice.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
14,533 Kcal or 60,847 Kj223 gr1,268 gr953 gr
727 %86 %120 %144 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
5,813 Kcal or 24,338 Kj89 gr507 gr381 gr
291 %34 %48 %58 %
% 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).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Gluten, Milk, Egg, Nuts
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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: Two-coloured chocolate-orange tart, Pear tart with almond cream, Tarte Bourdaloue, Blackberry and almond fondant tart, Cherry and pistachio tarts, ... All
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