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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Pâte Brisée


So I finally made a tart crust from scratch.  The recipe is pretty much identical to the pie crust recipe that I have used and posted here.  The only difference is that the pie crust recipe has significantly more sugar and uses a combination of butter and shortening instead of straight butter.  I will definitely continue to use this recipe for all savory pies, tarts, and quiches.  It was delicious and very easy to make.  I made it to use for a mushroom leek quiche, however, I believe the recipe I was following was totally off with its proportion of filling to crust space.  So I will need to attempt it again with adjustments.  Until then, here is the recipe for the delicious, buttery, flaky crust...

Pâte Brisée (aka. French Pastry Crust)
from Smitten Kitchen, from Martha Stewart and Julia Child

Makes one tart dough

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
2 to 3 tablespoons ice water

In the bowl of a food processor, combine flour, salt, and sugar. Add butter, and process until the mixture resembles coarse meal, 8 to 10 seconds.

With machine running, add ice water in a slow, steady stream through feed tube. Pulse until dough holds together without being wet or sticky; be careful not to process more than 30 seconds. To test, squeeze a small amount together: If it is crumbly, add more ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time.

Form dough into a single ball, flatten it into a disk, and wrap in plastic. Transfer to the refrigerator, and chill at least 1 hour. Dough may be stored, frozen, up to 1 month.

To par-bake the shell: Roll out the chilled dough as quickly as possible on a lightly-floured surface until is about 2 inches large all around than your pie pan. Either reverse the dough onto the rolling pin and unroll it over the mold or fold it into quarters and lay it over the mold, unfolding it. Press the dough lightly into the bottom of the pan, lifting the edges and working it gently down into the mold. Trim off excess dough by rolling the pin over the top of the mold.

With your thumbs, push the dough 1/8-inch above the edge of the mold, to make an even, rounded rim of dough around the inside circumference of the mold. You can then press a decorative edge around the rim of the pastry with the dull edge of a knife. Prick the bottom of the pastry with a fork at 1/2-inch intervals.

Line the pastry with foil and fill it with pie weights, uncooked rice or beans and bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 8 to 9 minutes. Remove the foil and bake the shell for 2 to 3 minutes more. Remove it from the oven when the shell is just starting to color and just beginning to shrink from the sides of the mold.

Unmold it and slip it onto a wire rack so air will circulate and cool it, preventing it from getting soggy.  If it seems to you that the sides of the shell are too fragile, or liable to crack or leak with the weight of the pie filling to come, do not unmold until your tart or quiche is filled and fully baked. HyperSmash.com

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