Prep 40 mins
Cook 2 hrs
enough for three 8-inch tarts, two or three 9- or 10- inch tarts, depending on the thickness; one two-crust or two latticed 9- or 10- inch tarts; one 11 by 8- inch tart, with or without lattice; or then to fifteen 3 1/2- inch tartlets. Use leftover dough to make tartlets or cookies.
- 2 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour (300 g)
- 1⁄2 cup sugar (100 g)
- 1 pinch salt
- 7⁄8 cup unsalted butter, at cool room temp and malleable (200 g)
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice or 1⁄2 teaspoon lemon extract or 1 lemon, grated zest of
- Place the flour, sugar and salt in a bowl and stir to mix.
- Cut the butter into small pieces and cut it into the flour mixture with a pastry blender.
- Slowly stir int he first egg and then the yolk, mixing thoroughly.
- Stir in vanilla and lemon.
- Gather dough together and knead it roughly and briefly on a lightly floured surface just until the dough comes together.
- At this pointe, you may pat the dough into place in a buttered tart pan and bake it immediately after chilling.
- Otherwise, divide it into thirds or halves, depending on the size of the tart you are planning, or flatten the whole amount into a 4- to 5- inch disk.
- chilling: Wrap the dought with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and refridgerate at least 1 hr but no longer than 1 day.
- shaping: let the dough stand at room temperature for 30 to 45 minutes before rolling it out.
- Knead the dough briefly on a lightly floured surface to loosen it and make it supple enough for shaping.
- Roll the dough out 1/4 to 3/8 inch thick with a rolling pin and ease the dough into a lightly buttered pan.
- Trim the edge by running the rolling pin or a dough scraper over the edge of the pan to cut the dough neatly and then tidy the end with your fingers.
- For one 11 by 8- inch tart shell, use 1 pound (450 grams, 2/3 recipe) dough and roll into a rectangle.
- Line a buttered 11 by 8- inch tart pan with the dough.
- For one 9- or 10- inch tart shell, use 9 to 10 ounces (250 to 300 g) dough and roll into a circle.
- Line a buttered 9- or 10- inch pan with the dough.
- For one 8- inch tart shell, sue 8 pz (225 g, 1/3 recipe) For ten to twelve 3 1/2- inch tartlet shells, roll out 12 to 16 ounces (340 to 450 g, 1/2 to 1/3 recipe) dough 1/4 to 3/8 inch thick.
- Cut into 4 1/2 inch circles and line 3 1/2- inch tartlet pans with the dough.
- For one deep 8- or 9- inch tart shell, use 12 ounces (340 g, 1/2 recipe) dough.
- Proceed as directed for other tart shells.
- If you find it hard to keep the dough from sliding down the side of the pan while baking, press the dought firmly against the springform sides with the back or a fork after 7 minutes; bake until lightly golden, 5 to 8 minutes longer, pressing the dough against the side of teh pan two or more times or as needed For latticed tarts, use two-thirds of the dough specified for each shell to line the pan.
- Roll a 1/2- inch thick rope of dough between yuor hands and smooth it onto the upper edge of the bottom crust, so that the edge is substantial enough for the lattice to be attached later.
- Partially bake the shell, if necessary, and fill.
- Roll out the remaining dough 3/8 inch thick and cut into 1/2-inch wide strips with a straight edge and a sharp knife or ravioli cutter.
- arrange the strips in a diagoal lattice over the filling, trim, and press onto the edges, pinching the strips lightly onto the tart shell.
- Bake as directed in the tart recipe.
- Storage: Store the remaining unrolled dough, including all scraps which may be used again, in the refridgerator for 1 to 3 days or the freezer up to a month.
- Let the frozen dough thaw in the refridgerator 24 hours before rolling out.
- Resting: refridgerate the dough-lined pan for 20 to 30 minutes to reduce shrinking when the pastry is baked.
- Baking: heat the oven to 350F For partially baked shells: line each shell with foil and fill with dried beans or pie weights.
- bake until set, 12 to 15 minutes for large shells or 10 to 12 minutes for tartlet shells.
- Remove the foil and weights and let cool 5 to 10 minutes.
- Place the tart pan on top of a smaller can, such as a coffee can for large tart shells, and gently release the side of the pan from the baked tart crust.
- let cool completely on a rack for a 11 by 8-inch partially baked shell, bake with the weights for 8 to 10 minutes; remove the foil and weights and bake 5 minutes longer, then reduce the heat to 325F and bake until golden, 5 to 7 minutes longer.
- For fully baked shells: Line each shell with foil and fill with dried beans or pie weights.
- Bake until the dough is no longer shiny, about 12 to 15 minutes; remove the foil and weights, prick the bottom of the dough, and bake until fully set and golden, about 10 to 13 minutes longer.
- Let cool 5 to 10 minutes.
- Place the tart pan on top of a smaller can, and gently release the side of the pan from the baked tart crust.
- Let cool completely on a rack before filling.
- Other proportion: you can cut the recipe in half by dividing all the ingredients except the eggs in half.
- Use 2 egg yolks.