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pâte brisée

shortcrust pastry

Shortcrust pastry recipe, step 8

Pâte brisée ‘broken pastry’, gets its name from the fact that the flour and very cold fat (butter and/or lard) are cut into each other before adding water. This creates pockets of air that form when baking. The trick is to not overwork it. If you finally give up you can buy it readymade (the cheap ones aren’t always that great.)

Variations on pâte brisée include

pâte à foncer: with the addition of an egg yolk and some sugar, to make a firmer crust

pâte sablée

pâte sucrée: similar to sablée, but with less butter, whole eggs and powdered sugar. It’s often used for a flan pâtissier.


Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Romain Behar