What Is Pâte Sucrée?

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Pâte Sucrée is a French sweet, short pastry crust. It is most often used to make tarts. The list of ingredients includes flour, salt, sugar, egg, butter and water. Pâte sucrée is similar to pâte brisée, though it has more calories due to the addition of sugar, and is slightly less fragile. 

If you don’t need the remaining unbaked crust, you can wrap it in plastic wrap and freeze it for up to three weeks.

3 Kinds of Pastry Crusts:
Pâte brisée is the most basic dough of all and contains only basic, common ingredients such as butter, flour, salt and cold water. Pâte sucrée is basically the same as pâte brisée, except that confectioner’s sugar is added to the flour before rubbing in the cold butter. Pâte sablée is the richest dough of the three and includes a sandy texture. This crust is most resemblant of shortbread in taste and texture.

What Is Pâte Sucrée

Pastry Crust Tips:

  1. The rule of thumb when making a pastry dough is “quick and cold.”Whether using your hands or a machine, work swiftly so the butter stays cold and the dough is not overworked.
  2. While the sweet doughs work well for “blind baking”, the savory doughs produce more of a challenge. If using either of these consider baking with a filling.
  3. We suggest using cake flour for the sweet doughs sucrée and sablée, but all-purpose works well for the savory brisée dough in tarts or quiches.
  4. When you are planning on blind baking these empty and filling them later with custards or fruits, etc., brush the inside of the dough with egg white before you bake it. This will “seal” the shell, which will keep the shell from getting soggy and soft as quickly.

Pâte Sucrée 

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Pâte sucrée 
Servings: 2 crusts

Equipment

  • mixing bowl
  • Rolling Pin

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chilled butter, cut into bits
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 3-4 tbsp ice water, as needed

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, blend together the flour, sugar and salt.
  • Add the cold butter and cut in with a pastry cutter or in a food processor until the mixture resembles a coarse meal.
  • Add the yolks and continue blending with the pastry cutter or food processor until it resembles coarse meal.
  • Continue blending, adding the water until the dough is held together.
  • Divide the dough into 2 parts and chill for 2 hours.
  • Remove from refrigerator and let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes.
  • Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface until the size of tart pan. Trim edges.
  • Poke crust with a fork. Bake at 375F for 15 minutes.

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