Sweet Tart Pastry

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Editor's Note: If you bake with any sort of regularity, then having a tart pastry recipe on hand is essential. In this recipe for Sweet Tart Pastry by Gordon Ramsay, you'll use a food processor to get the consistency of the dough just right. This recipe uses only four ingredients and can be made in advance of your baking time, too. This pastry can be used in a wide assortment of tarts, including this recipe for Lemon Meringue Tart, which is also by Gordon Ramsay. Expand your baking skills in a unique way when you incorporate this recipe in your repertoire. 



Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Taste and TextureButtery, Rich, Sweet


  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 7 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 extra-large egg
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour


  1. Place the butter and sugar in a food processor and blitz until just combined. Add the egg and blitz for 30 seconds. Tip in the flour and process for a few seconds until the dough just comes together. (Be careful not to over-process, or the dough will become tough.) Add a tablespoon of cold water if the dough seems too dry. 

  2. Knead lightly on a floured surface and shape into a flat disk. 

  3. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes before using.


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