Flaky Tart Dough

This recipe for flaky tart dough is courtesy of Elisabeth Prueitt.

  • Yield: Makes enough for two 9- or 10-inch tart shells
Flaky Tart Dough

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, September Summer 2007


  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup ice water
  • 3 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) plus 5 tablespoons very cold unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces


  1. In a small bowl, mix together salt and water. Keep very cold until ready to use.

  2. Place flour and butter in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse briefly until mixture forms large crumbs. Add the salt water mixture and continue pulsing until a dough has just formed but is not smooth.

  3. On a lightly floured work surface, evenly divide dough. Form each piece of dough into a disk about 1 inch thick. Wrap each disk with plastic wrap and chill at least 2 hours and up to overnight.


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