How to make a good pastry tart case


How to make a good pastry tart case
Lining a tin or mould with pastry to make a tart or pie seems simple enough: you roll out the pastry, put it in the tin and trim off any overhanging bits.

It may not be rocket science, but if you want a tart with a perfect pastry case, it really helps to take care over a few details, which I will show you here.
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Last modified on: July 14th 2019

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Stage 1 - 5 min.
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Start by rolling out the pastry – 350 g Sweetcrust pastry (pâte sablée) here – which should be really cold. You might find these tips helpful.

Roll the pastry out to the diameter of your tin + the height of the sides.

Stage 2 - 5 min.
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Sit the tin your mould on a sheet of cooking parchment laid on a baking sheet. Ease the rolled-out pastry down into the tin. Use your fingers to press the pastry gently into contact with the sides, leaving any excess pastry overhanging the edge..

Stage 3 - 30 min.
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It is most important to make sure that the pastry sit well into the corner where the base meets the sides (shown by the arrows on this diagram). There should not be any space left behind it.

Put the tin on its baking sheet into the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Stage 4
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After refrigerating, take the tin out of the fridge and sit it on the work top.

Stage 5 - 2 min.
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Use a knife to trim off any excess pastry...

Stage 6
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...all around the edge.

Stage 7
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Your pastry case is now ready to be filled.

Stage 8
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You can prick over the base if necessary (depending on the filling and pastry you are using).
Remarks
French pastry chefs have a whole arcane vocabulary of their own. There is no need for amateurs to know these terms and they often have no real equivalents in English, but if you'd like to broaden your chef's vocabulary, you can look them up on the following pages (just click on the little flag top right to see the original French version: the rolled-out pastry ("abaisse" in French), and the process of lining with pastry ("foncer" in French).
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,911 Kcal or 8,001 Kj28 gr168 gr126 gr
96 %11 %16 %19 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
546 Kcal or 2,286 Kj8 gr48 gr36 gr
27 %3 %5 %5 %
Per tart
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,911 Kcal or 8,001 Kj28 gr168 gr126 gr
96 %11 %16 %19 %
% 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 1 tart : 1.79 €

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Source
Home made.
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: Citrus tart, Lemon and lime custard tart, Plum tart, Pistachio custard tart, Peach and green tea tart, ... All
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