Classic Pate Sablee


Pate Sucree and Pate Sablee: The French oftenuse these two classic crusts for tarts. Pate sucree is light and crisp; pate sablee is richand crumbly (indeed, its name comes fromthe French word for "sand"). The former is alittle easier to roll out; the latter can bepressed into the pan with your fingertips.


  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

  • ¾ cup confectioners' sugar

  • 4 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Put butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until pale andfluffy, about 3 minutes; mix in vanilla. Addthe flour and the salt, and mix on medium-low speed until just combined and crumbly,about 15 seconds (do not overmix). Pat the dough into a disk, and wrap in plastic.Refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 2days, or freeze up to 1 month.

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