Pate Sucree for Caramel-Nut Tart

2 9-inch tarts

Pate sucree, a sweeter version of pate brisee, is traditionally used in tarts.


  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling out dough

  • 3 tablespoons sugar

  • pinch of salt

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into pieces

  • 2 large egg yolks


  1. Place flour, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor; pulse to combine. Add butter; pulse until mixture resembles small peas, 15 to 20 seconds.

  2. Add the egg yolks through the feed tube while the machine is running. Slowly add 1/4 cup ice water, and process just until the dough holds together. If necessary, add an additional 2 tablespoons ice water. Divide dough into 2 equal balls. Flatten each into a disk, and wrap in plastic. Chill at least 1 hour. Dough may be stored, frozen, up to 1 month.

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