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Sweet Pastry Crust Recipe (Video Instructions Included)

A sweet pastry dough, also known as pate sucree, is a rich and sweet pastry with a crisp cookie-like texture. I use this recipe daily in the bakery as it is ideal for making both large and small sized tarts, especially those filled with nuts and/or cream. Additionally, it works beautifully for decorative crust work as it maintains its shape well while baking. I hope this sweet pie dough recipe will become your ‘go-to’ recipe as it is mine.

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Once made, this pastry can be stored in the refrigerator for several days. It freezes well so you might want to make a double batch and pop the extra into the freezer. That way, when the urge hits, you can produce a quick dessert with very little effort.

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Tips for Making the Perfect Sweet Pie Dough

  • Bring your butter to room temperature (65° – 70 °) before starting on the dough.
  • This recipe uses egg yolks so save your egg whites for a yummy omelet or meringue cookies!
  • A stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment works well for making this recipe but a hand mixer may also be used.
  • The first step is to cream the butter, sugar and salt until they are light and fluffy. Scrape the sides of the bowl occasionally.
  • Next, add the flour and mix on low speed for 10 seconds. Scrape the side of the bowl and mix for an additional 10 seconds. The dough will look crumbly at this point. Do not overmix as this will produce a less tender crust.
  • Add the egg yolks and mix on low speed for 10 seconds. Scrape the side of the bowl and mix for an additional 10 seconds. The dough should be hold together when squeezed in your hand, if not, mix a few more seconds.
  • Place the dough on plastic wrap and gently knead if there are any dry pieces remaining. Wrap well and let rest in refrigerator for at least 20 minutes. Allowing the dough to rest in the refrigerator will relax the flour’s gluten and help prevent a tough crust.
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Rolling the Sweet Pie Dough Crust:

  • If the dough was left in the refrigerator for more than 20 minutes it may be too cold to roll out. If so, let it rest at room temperature for 10 – 20 minutes until it has softened enough to roll out (note: it should still be cold).
  • Generously sprinkle flour on your work surface and rolling pin before rolling the dough. Form the dough into a disc and begin rolling from the middle of the dough outward, turning the dough 90 degrees after each roll until your reach your desired thickness (my preference for thickness is about 1/8 inch).
  • I prefer to use a plastic rolling pin for pie doughs as I find the dough sticks less to the pin.
  • Gluten strands are formed while rolling out the dough which can lead to a tougher crust. For this reason I will always place my rolled pie crust in the freezer or refrigerator for at least 15 minutes to allow the gluten to relax. This ensures minimal shrinkage while baking.

How long does the pie dough crust last in the refrigerator?

This dough will last up to a week in the refrigerator if it is wrapped in plastic wrap. You may also roll the dough into the pie tins, wrap well and keep in the fridge.

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Sweet Pie Dough

A sweet pastry dough, also known as pate sucree, is a rich and sweet pastry with a crisp cookie-like texture. It works beautifully for decorative crust work as it maintains its shape well while baking.
4.92 from 23 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Resting Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 1 Pie Shell

Ingredients
  

  • 100 Grams Granulated Sugar (½ Cup)
  • 226 Grams Unsalted Butter (room temperature) (8 ounces or 2 sticks)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 280 Grams All-Purpose Flour (1 ⅔ Cups)
  • 2 Large Egg Yolks

Instructions
 

  • Place sugar, butter and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
  • Mix on medium speed until butter is light and fluffy scraping sides of bowl as needed.
  • Add flour to mixing bowl and mix on low speed for 10 seconds.
  • Scrape down side of bowl.
  • Mix an additional 10 seconds.
  • Add egg yolks to the mixing bowl and mix on low speed for 10 seconds.
  • Scrape down side of bowl.
  • Mix an additional 10 seconds.
  • Remove dough from mixer and place on plastic wrap. Gently knead dough to work in any dry ingredients. Wrap dough well with plastic wrap.
  • Place dough in refriderator for 20 minutes.
  • Roll dough on generously floured surface.

Video

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13 Comments

  1. CandyBlogger

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    5 stars
    Great instructions. Definitely bookmarking this so I can use for my holiday pies.

  2. Roseline Beusch

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    Thanks for sharing, im useless in the kitchen and even more terrible at baking, but you`ve explained things so well I`m tempted to make my dough so I can bake something.As it`s weekend and I have enough time, I will really give this a try.

  3. Debbie

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    5 stars
    Yum! I love pie and the crust is so important! I’ll pin and save for future baking! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Beth

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    5 stars
    This sounds delicious. I’ve never made a crust quite like this one before, so I’m eager to give it a try.

  5. Fransic verso

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    My mom made something similar to this and I love it. Love the pie for a quick snack when I feel hungry. I would love to try this one. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Ntensibe Edgar

    Reply

    Hhhhmmm…I think I can make use of this recipe, the next time I make myself pie. Thanks for sharing about it.

  7. Clarice

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    It is nice to know that this can be stored in the refrigerator for several days. I would love to make a double batch as it saves a lot of time if you already have this ready. Thank you for sharing the recipe. Can’t wait to try it.

  8. Anosa Malanga

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    Hmm, I haven’t tried making dough yet. I will definitely take note of your recipe. I will try and make something like this and hopefully, it will be a success!

  9. kushigalu

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    5 stars
    Homemade crust is always the best. Thanks for the detailed instructions.

  10. Amanda

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    5 stars
    Just made this crust for the first time and it was so easy to make and SO DELICIOUS! This is the first pie crust I have ever made that actually turned out good.
    I had a little that I baked by itself and it was like eating a sugar cookie. I’m definitely using this recipe again!!

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