Pastry Crust

20 minutes
25 minutes
Total time
45 minutes
150 grams flour, pastry
50 grams sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
1 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk
  1. To make the pastry: Weigh your flour; or measure it by gently spooning it into a cup, then sweeping off any excess.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt, then work in the cold butter until the mixture looks like coarse breadcrumbs.
  3. Whisk together the egg yolk, vanilla, and milk and stir into the dry mixture; the dough will be crumbly.
  4. Use a dough scraper or your hands to fold the dough over onto itself a few times then give it a few gentle kneads. When properly mixed the dough will be crumbly but should hold together when squeezed. If the dough feels wet or it's difficult to handle, wrap it in plastic and chill for about 2 hours before using.
  5. When you're ready to use the dough, lightly grease the bottom and sides of a 9” square or 10” round tart pan (preferably one with a removable bottom).
  6. Lightly dust your work surface with flour. Roll the dough about 1/8” thick, and press it into the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Or if you prefer, simply press the pliable crust into the pan without rolling.
  7. Prick (dock) the crust all over with a fork and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  8. To bake the crust: Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line the crust with parchment or foil and fill with pie weights or dry rice or beans.
  9. Bake the crust for 12 to 15 minutes, until it feels dry and set.
  10. Remove the weights and parchment (or foil) and return the crust to the oven to bake for another 8 to 10 minutes, until golden brown.
  11. Remove the crust from the oven and cool it on a rack before filling as desired.