Knowing How to Make a Tart Shell Opens Up So Many Dessert Possibilities

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Mastering a tart shell will give you the ability to make so many different impressive fruit tarts, so try this recipe today!


  • 1 egg yolk
  •  1 tablespoon heavy cream
  •  1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  •  1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  •  2/3 cup powdered sugar
  •  1/4 teaspoon salt
  •  8 tablespoons of cubed, cold, unsalted butter


  1. Whisk together the egg yolk, heavy cream, and vanilla extract in a very small bowl. 
  2. Into a food processor, pour in the flour, powdered sugar, and salt. Pulse a few times to combine before adding in the butter. Pulse another 15-20 times until the mixture looks like coarse sand.
  3. Slowly add in the wet ingredients while you pulse until it forms a more dough-looking mixture.
  4. Pour out the dough onto a piece of plastic wrap and flatten it into a disk about 6-inches wide.
  5. Cover the disk in plastic wrap, chill for an hour and let it sit out on the counter for 10 minutes before you use it.
  6. Dust your surface with flour and roll out the pastry so it’s a little bigger than your tart pan. Then, place the pastry into the pan and freeze it for 30 minutes.
  7. Put down some foil onto the tart shell and weigh it down with baking beans.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes at 375 F, rotating it half way through. 
  9. For the last 5-10 minutes, uncover it and bake until golden brown.
  10. Cool before filling it with your pastry cream and favorite fruits!