Author Notes: Pie, without the masochism. This is a tart crust that loves you back, adapted from Parisian pastry expert Paule Caillat. Fill it with chocolate ganache, lemon curd, or sweetened mascarpone and summer berries. —Genius Recipes
Makes: 8 1/2" or 21 cm tart shell
6 tablespoons unsalted butter (the crust will crack less with higher-fat European-style butter like Plugra)
Flour as necessary (about 5 ounces, or a slightly mounded cupful, per David Lebovitz)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon sugar (for savory fillings, just use 1 teaspoon)
pinch of salt
- Heat the oven to 410° F (210° C).
- In a Pyrex type oven-safe bowl, combine the butter, oil, water, salt, and sugar.
- Place in the hot oven for approximately 15 minutes, until the mixture is boiling and the butter starts browning.
- Remove from oven, add flour quickly, until it forms a ball. Keep adding flour, one spoonful at the time, until it pulls off the sides of the bowl.
- Once the dough is cool enough to touch, press it in to the tart mold evenly with your fingertips.
- Pierce the bottom with a fork, line the sides with the back of the fork to form ridges.
- Bake at 410° F (210° C) for 15 minutes or until the crust is light brown and shows fine cracks.
- Remove carefully from oven. It is ready for filling.
- Note: David Lebovitz recommends a brilliant patching technique for any cracks -- just reserve a small knob of dough to spackle into any cracks after baking while it's still warm. (No need to bake again.)
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