Favorite Tart Pastry

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

This is the recipe I use for sweet tarts requiring a rich short crust. It can be made by hand or with a food processor and makes enough dough for an 11" tart. If making a smaller tart be sure you still roll the dough out to an 1/8" thickness. This recipe cannot be halved successfully. If at any time the dough becomes unworkable, refrigerate until it is chilled. The best results are obtained by working, as much as possible, with chilled dough.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until a ball starts to form.
  3. To make by hand: thoroughly cut chilled butter into flour, rechill if needed; add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  4. On a floured surface, roll dough out to a 12" circle, 1/8" thick; fold dough over the rolling pin, lift and place the dough in the tart pan.
  5. Using your fingers, push the dough into the corners; run the rolling pin over the top of the pan to cut off the excess dough; prick the bottom and sides with a fork and bake 8-10 minutes.


Most Helpful

This is a terrific pastry dough, sugarpea! I made this as the dough for Lennie's Canadian Butter Tarts. Really fantastic texture, and easy. I did re-refrigerate it a few times as I was making it to make it easier to deal with. Fabulous--THANKS!

spatchcock November 30, 2003

This was a delicious pastry dough. I did have to refrigerate it several times, but it's hot and humid here so that's a given for most pastry doughs. Thanks!

Liara May 28, 2008

Made this pastry for my lemon souffle tart for a luncheon yesterday and was very pleased with the results! Not only was it very easy to put together using the food processor but the end result was a tender and delicious pastry with a beautiful texture. I did bake it a bit longer than the recommended time and it was beautifully crisp. I will use this recipe again. Thanks!

MarieRynr May 18, 2005

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