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Sweet shortcrust pastry (or pâte sucrée) by P. Conticini

A light and crisp sweet shortcrust pastry packed with flavour for all of your tarts and pies.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Nathalie

Ingredients

  • 140 g (1 stick + 2 Tbsp) butter
  • 90 g (1 cup) icing sugar
  • The zest of a lemon
  • 40 g (1/3 cup) powdered almonds
  • 1/2 a vanilla pod
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 230 g (2 cups) flour
  • 1 pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Mix the butter and icing sugar until soft and creamy.
  2. Add the lemon zest and vanilla grains, mix and then add the powdered almonds. Mix well.
  3. Add the egg and the egg yolk and mix. Then add the flour and salt in 3 batches, mixing very briefly after each. Mix only until just combined.
  4. Remove the dough from the bowl and lightly crush the dough slightly using your palm. They aim here is to make sure that all the ingredients are properly combined. This should only be done 2-3 times in order to not overwork the dough.
  5. Cover with cling film and let rest for at least 3h (ideally a night) before use.
  6. If your recipe calls for blind-baking, press the sweet shortcrust pastry into a form, cover it with a sheet of baking paper, and fill with dried beans, rice, or ceramic beads. Bake at 180C (355F) for about 15 minutes, remove the beans and cook for about 5 minutes more until golden