Paule Caillat’s Brown Butter Tart Crust

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Paule Caillat's Brown Butter Tart Crust

  • Makes
    8 1/2″ or 21 cm tart shell
Author Notes

Pie, without the masochism. This is a tart crust that loves you back, adapted from Parisian pastry expert Paule Caillat. Fill it with chocolate ganache, lemon curd, or sweetened mascarpone and summer berries. —Genius Recipes

  • Test Kitchen-Approved

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (the crust will crack less with higher-fat European-style butter like Plugra)

  • Flour as necessary (about 5 ounces, or a slightly mounded cupful, per David Lebovitz)

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 3 tablespoons water

  • 1 tablespoon sugar (for savory fillings, just use 1 teaspoon)

  • pinch of salt

  1. Heat the oven to 410° F (210° C).
  2. In a Pyrex type oven-safe bowl, combine the butter, oil, water, salt, and sugar.
  3. Place in the hot oven for approximately 15 minutes, until the mixture is boiling and the butter starts browning.
  4. Remove from oven, add flour quickly, until it forms a ball. Keep adding flour, one spoonful at the time, until it pulls off the sides of the bowl.
  5. Once the dough is cool enough to touch, press it in to the tart mold evenly with your fingertips.
  6. Pierce the bottom with a fork, line the sides with the back of the fork to form ridges.
  7. Bake at 410° F (210° C) for 15 minutes or until the crust is light brown and shows fine cracks.
  8. Remove carefully from oven. It is ready for filling.
  9. Note: David Lebovitz recommends a brilliant patching technique for any cracks — just reserve a small knob of dough to spackle into any cracks after baking while it’s still warm. (No need to bake again.)

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