Wait a second! Before you surf on to other websites, just let me get one point across; MAKING THIS FRENCH PASTRY, or Pâte Brisée, RECIPE IS AS EASY AND QUICK AS FALLING OFF A LOG!!!!!!
All my friends know that I am absolutely, without a doubt, the first person to take advantage of short-cuts on the domestic front such as store-bought pastry. However, this recipe, bequeathed to me by my very French, very talented friend Charlotte Buffet, is a shortcut so incredibly short that even I am willing to take it.
It takes about two minutes, never fails, and garners rave reviews every time.
To quote Charlotte directly, using this recipe for homemade Pâte Brisée when making any kind of quiches or fruit tartes “fait toute la différence.” It is the difference between a ho-hum tarte aux pommes and one that makes you want to kiss the person sitting next to you.
This recipe is what Frenchtitude is all about – emphasis on those little details that provide a heady effort / pleasure ratio.
If you want a photo of the tarte crust just have a look at the recipe for Mémé Germain’s tarte aux pommes . Otherwise you can enjoy the photo of Charlotte and our friend Martial (Clémentine’s godparents) above. As you may be able to tell, we’d had a bit to drink that particular night.
Charlotte Buffet’s Pâte Brisée Recipe
250 grams of flour
125 grams of butter
1/2 small glass (about 1/3 cup) of water
Pinch of salt
Food processor with blade attachment
Kitchen scale (metric)
OK, brace yourselves…this is really tough…
– Measure ingredients and add in no particular order into food processor.
– Press on “mix” button until ingredients have formed ball-like form which has detached from sides – takes about a minute or two.
– Remove pastry (see, you have just made pastry!) ball from food processor, flatten into disc, wrap in cellophane and put in fridge for at least an hour before using.
– 1/2 of the pastry ball is perfect amount for 6-8 person quiche or tarte
*Freezes wonderfully, so you can always have some pastry, not to mention some Frenchitude, on hand.
**Frenchitude Fridays (French + Attitude = Frenchitude) give ideas for how to inject a bit of frenchness into your life, whether you live in Toronto or Tuktuyuktuk.