Pate Brisee (French Shortcrust)


This is an easy, versatile, and delicious pate brisee for tarts that can be used with savory and sweet fillings. It makes two crusts, so refrigerate half and save it for a weekday quiche! You can store dough in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
2 9-inch crusts


  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup chilled butter, cubed

  • ¼ cup ice water, or more if needed


  1. Place flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor and pulse 3 or 4 times to mix. Add cubed butter; pulse until crumbly.

  2. Pour slow stream of ice water through feed tube while the processor is on low speed until dough holds together when pinched, making sure not to add too much.

  3. Divide dough evenly into 2 pieces. Form dough into discs on a lightly floured work surface. Wrap discs with wax paper or parchment paper before wrapping with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until use.

  4. Roll dough out on a lightly floured work surface using a lightly floured rolling pin between 2 pieces of parchment paper to desired thickness when ready to use.

  5. Butter two 9-inch tart pans. Roll crusts 1 at a time onto the rolling pin and unroll over tart pans. Gently push dough into the prepared pans, molding to the sides. Trim edges with fingers or a knife. Fill and bake according to filling recipe instructions.

Cook's Notes:

This crust is perfect for quick weeknight dessert tarts, dinner quiches, and even pot pies. Use any oven-proof dish in any size, and just pinch off a bit of the crust, form in the dish, and fill!

Thickness of rolled dough can vary depending on what you make; for a more rustic tart in any baking dish, I roughly roll out a thicker crust. For a regular tart pan, I roll the crust to a 1/4- to 1/2-inch thickness.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

179 Calories
12g Fat
17g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 179
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 155mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 2g
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 24mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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