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Tart pan lined with unbaked tart crust set on top of a marble surface.

Classic Tart Crust

  • Author: America's Test Kitchen
  • Yield: 1 single (9-inch) tart crust 1x

Description

This naturally sweetened tart crust is easy to whip up and absolutely delicious!


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Ingredients

  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup (1 ⅓ ounces) Sucanat
  • 1 ¼ cups (6 ¼ ounces) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into ¼-inch pieces and chilled

Instructions

Whisk egg yolk, cream, and vanilla together in bowl. Grind Sucanat in spice grinder until fine and powdery, about 1 minute. Process flour, ground Sucanat, and salt in food processor until combined, about 5 seconds. Scatter chilled butter over top and pulse until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal, about 15 pulses. With process running, add egg yolk mixture and process until dough just comes together, about 12 seconds.

Form dough into 6-inch disk, wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour. (Dough can be wrapped tightly in plastic and refrigerate for up to 2 days or frozen for up to 1 month. If frozen, let dough thaw completely on counter before rolling.)

Let chilled dough sit on counter to soften slightly, about 10 minutes. Roll dough into 11-inch circle on lightly floured counter. Loosely roll dough around rolling pin and gently unroll it onto 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom, letting excess dough hang over edge. Ease dough into pan by gently lifting edge of dough with your hand while pressing into corners and fluted sides of pan with your other hand. Run rolling pin over top of pan to remove any excess dough. Wrap dough-lined pan loosely in plastic, place on large plate, and freeze until dough is chilled and firm, about 30 minutes. (Dough-lined tart pan can be wrapped tightly in plastic and refrigerated for up to 2 days or frozen for up to 1 month.)

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Set dough-lined tart pan on baking sheet, line with double layer of aluminum foil, covering edges to prevent burning, and fill with pie weights.

Bake until crust is golden brown and set, about 30 minutes, rotating pan halfway through baking. Remove weights and foil and let crust cool. (For a fully cooked tart crust, continue baking, uncovered, for an additional 5-10 minutes until deeply golden brown.