Tart Dough

Ingredients:

  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp. heavy cream
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting the work surface
  • 2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 8 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch cubes

Whisk together the egg yolk, cream and vanilla in a small bowl; set aside.  Place the flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor.  Process briefly to combine.  Scatter the butter pieces over the flour mixture; process to cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse meal, about fifteen 1-second pulses.  With the machine running, add the egg mixture and process until the dough just comes together, about 12 seconds.  Turn the dough onto a sheet of plastic wrap and press into a 6-inch disc.  Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to 48 hours.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator.  (If refrigerated for more than 2 hours, let stand at room temperature until malleable.)  Unwrap and roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to a 13-inch round.  Transfer the dough to a 9-inch tart pan.  Mold the dough to the sides of the tart pan and remove the excess off the top.  Set the dough-lined tart pan on a large plate and freeze for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375° F.  Set the dough-lined tart pan on a baking sheet, press a 12-inch square of foil into the frozen shell and over the edge, and fill with pie weights.  Bake for 30 minutes, rotating halfway through the baking time.  Remove from the oven and carefully remove the foil and weights.  Continue to bake until deep golden brown, 5-8 minutes longer.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

From Annies Eats

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