Pâte sucrée (pronounced pat-sue-cray) is the sweet, crumbly dough that gives tarts a sturdy, tender base for custards, creams, and fruits. When it's made well, pâte sucrée has the crumbly texture of a buttery sable cookie. It tastes like shortbread, but is able to support even the heaviest filling without falling to pieces.
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Pâte sucrée is the sweet, crumbly French tart dough used for baking the bases of sweet tarts. The dough is chilled twice, once after mixing and again once it has been shaped in a tart pan. This recipe makes enough dough for two tarts. Make one now, and freeze the rest of the dough for next time.