Pistachio crust for tartlets (or cookies)

By Sabine
March 11, 2017
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Author Notes: I adore pistachios. I love almonds. I like to add things I love to tart crusts. So I went from an almond to a pistachio pastry, and I liked it. Use salted pistachios for a undertone similar to the one you´d have by adding salted butter. Prebake the crust before pouring a filling, as it´s quite delicate and would be rather soft otherwise (which I personally like, but perhaps you don´t ) . As a topping, lemon, grapefruit or (blood) orange curd will work nicely here. And a meringue swirl, if you like it extra sweet and want to use up the three leftover whites.Sabine

Makes: 6 tartlet bases

  • 175 grams flour
  • 50 grams ground salted pistachios
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 110 grams unsalted butter
  • 60 grams confectioner´s sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons cold water
  1. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or by hand), working at low to medium speed, mix all the ingredients except water until you obtain a fine crumble, 3-5 min. Then add water 1 tbsp at a time, until the dough comes together. At the end, there should be no more visible butter flakes.
  2. Shape a ball, wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 1 hour or longer.
  3. Line 6 well greased tartlet tins with the pastry, cover each one with a circle of parchment paper and good handful of oven proof weights (marbles, lentils, beans etc).
  4. Prebake in a preheated oven (180°C/350°F) for a couple of minutes (7-10), until slightly golden.

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