How to Make Pâte Brisée

A new class has just started. I am to learn the methodology of teaching languages, read textbooks and write essays, turn in assignments worthy of a graduate student. What about my kitchen duties? My tarts and quiches? My unused pots and pans?

I have to figure out an easier way, learn to work intelligently, explore ancient paths of combining all of these tasks with success. I shall explore amulets and magic potions, seek blessings from saints, perform walking pilgrimages, whisper secret prayers in the middle of the night. I have to fit it all in my schedule, and simplify, simplify, simplify.

Easy Pâte Brisée Recipe

Makes one large tart or about 10 tartlets

2 cups all-purpose or whole wheat flour
½ teaspoon salt
5 ounces butter, cut into pieces
½ cup chilled water

Combine the flour and salt in a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Process for 5 seconds. Add the butter and pulse until crumbly. Add the water a little at a time pulsing until the dough appears moist enough to stick together. Form the dough into a ball, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour before use.


11 Responses to “How to Make Pâte Brisée”

  1. 1

    Elra — 03/15/2010 @ 4:29 pm

    Wonderful recipe and technique Nisrine. This always helps.

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    Barbara Bakes — 03/15/2010 @ 10:54 pm

    Food processors make life so much easier. What flavor tarts will you make with your dough?

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    rosanna — 03/15/2010 @ 11:15 pm

    So useful recipe!!!!!

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    Rachana Kothari — 03/15/2010 @ 11:47 pm

    Thats a really helpful post Nisrine.

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    Pam — 03/16/2010 @ 2:24 pm

    Well that looks easy enough!…thank you Nisrine!


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    tasteofbeirut — 03/16/2010 @ 3:40 pm


    You know pâte brisée was my bête noire for a long time because I could not get it not to shrink! So I finally gave up! Thanks for this post and the method I will try it again now!

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    Nisrine Merzouki — 03/17/2010 @ 10:11 am

    Barbara, you guesses it right-I'm making tarts. Stay tuned for the recipe. It will be a surprise :)

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    Saveurs et Gourmandises — 03/17/2010 @ 10:31 pm

    Rapide et simple à faire.
    A noter.
    A bientôt.

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    Kajal - Aapplemint — 03/18/2010 @ 10:33 am

    Simple n easy :) Thanks for the recipe.

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    Shelby — 03/18/2010 @ 3:31 pm

    I'm gonna have to try this!

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    Sprout — 03/18/2010 @ 8:32 pm

    Good luck, this is quite a feat you're taking on! Very inspiring indeed.

    Looking forward to coming back and seeing the tart!

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