Easy Sour Cream Pastry

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I have a pastry-making obsession. It started small. A quiche here, a tart there. Today I’ve made two batches of my easy sour cream pastry for pies and tarts and frozen another batch for later use. One will be used as a top for a slow-cooked pie and the other will be put to good use as a tart for lunches this week.

So many people have a thing about making pastry. Now I’m the first to say, I always cheat when it comes to puff pastry. I mean, who has the time? But a simple shortcrust or sweet pastry is relatively quick and easy to make. Use it in a tart tin for a more formal look or as a base (or rustic lid) when pie-making. It’s quick, easy, and has so many recipe options.

sour cream pastry tarts ready to be blind baked
savoury tart shell ready for blind baking

What you need to make easy sour cream pastry

  • Unsalted butter – cold, straight from the fridge.
  • Plain flour
  • Sea salt flakes
  • Egg
  • Sour cream

Equipment

A good shortcrust pastry works best when it’s handled as little as possible and given a good rest. You can make pastry by hand, with a pastry blender, in a stand mixer, or like I do, in a food processor. I’ve tried all ways over the years but I’m such a fan of making pastry in my trusty Magimix Cook Expert. As well as cutting down time, i believe a food processor also makes the best pastry.

Baking paper and baking beads (or as I do some old beans which I reuse over and over again as baking beads)

This pastry easily covers a 25cm tart tin or 8-10 tartlets (depending on size). To make this recipe, I use a 25 x 3.5cm non-stick, shallow tart tin.

The details

  1. In a food processor, pop in the dough blade ready for use.
  2. Roughly chop the butter up into 2cm square pieces. Pop into the food processor along with the flour and salt. Pulse until the flour / butter mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  3. Add the egg and sour cream and pulse until the dough forms into a ball. This only will take a minute or so.
  4. Place the dough ball in bowl. Cover and pop in the fridge for at least an hour.
  5. Preheat the oven to 160°c
  6. Grease tart tin with butter.
  7. Roll out the pastry dough. Use the tart tin as a guide to ensure the pastry will generously cover both the base and
    the sides of the tart tin. Roll your pastry onto your rolling pin and gently drape over the quiche tin. Carefully mould the dough around the base and edges.
  8. Using a sharp knife, run the knife along the edge if the tart tin, cutting of any excess dough. Alternatively, roll your rolling pin over the top of the tart tin. This will also remove any excess dough. Using a fork, prick the base of the pastry all over. Line the dough with greaseproof baking paper and fill to the top with baking beads / rice / beans.
  9. Pop the tart base into the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove tart from oven and remove the baking beads and greaseproof paper from the tart. Pop back into the oven for an additional 10 minutes. Remove tart base from the oven.
  10. You now have a blind baked tart ready for filling!

Why do you dock your pastry?

To prick your pastry with a fork (or to ‘dock’ it) helps to ensure bubbles don’t rise in the pastry when blind baking. Some people either dock or use the baking beads as I do. Some people, like me, do both. I figure there is no harm and my pastry rarely gets bubbles in it so I’m not about to change something that works!

What do i use this tart shell for?

It’s only limited by your imagination. Are you a ham and cheese person? Personally, I love a ham and cheese tart. Usually, I look at what is either in the fridge, or what’s in season and go from there. In winter I tend to gravitate towards tarts with roasted root vegetables. In spring and summer, think tomato, basil, and bocconcini, or asparagus and gruyere. There are so many variations. I love my caramelized balsamic onion and goat’s cheese tart. It’s an oldie but a goodie and is always a crowd favourite!

Ok, so you know have all the tools you need to make some cracking sour cream pastry? The big question is, what will you fill your tart with?

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savoury tart shell filled with baking beans ready for blind baking
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sour cream pastry tarts

Easy Sour Cream Pastry

  • Author: Emma Lee
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 1 tart 1x
  • Category: Pastry
  • Cuisine: French

Description

An easy shortcrust pastry, perfect for savoury tarts and quiches.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 125 g butter (cold, straight from the fridge.)
  • 260 g plain flour
  • pinch sea salt flakes
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 c sour cream

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, pop in the dough blade ready for use.
  2. Roughly chop the butter up into 2cm square pieces. Pop into the food processor along with the flour and salt. Pulse until the flour/butter mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  3. Add the egg and sour cream and pulse until the dough forms into a ball. This only will take a minute or so.
  4. Place the dough ball in a bowl. Cover and pop in the fridge for at least an hour.
  5. Remove dough from fridge and leave on the bench for 10 minutes
  6. Preheat the oven to 160°c
  7. Grease tart tin with butter.
  8. Roll out the pastry dough. Use the tart tin as a guide to ensure the pastry will generously cover both the base and the sides of the tart tin. Roll your pastry onto your rolling pin and gently drape over the quiche tin. Carefully mould the dough around the base and edges.
  9. Using a sharp knife, run the knife along the edge if the tart tin, cutting of any excess dough. Alternatively, roll your rolling pin over the top of the tart tin. This will also remove any excess dough. Using a fork, prick the base of the pastry all over. Line the dough with greaseproof baking paper and fill to the top with baking beads / rice / beans.
  10. Pop the tart base into the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove tart from oven and remove the baking beads and greaseproof paper from the tart. Pop back into the oven for an additional 10 minutes. Remove tart base from the oven.
  11. You now have a blind baked tart read for filling!

Notes

This pastry easily covers a 25cm tart tin or 8-10 tartlets.

Pastry can be made a day or two ahead, blind baked and stored in an airtight container prior to filling.

Use the tart base for your favourite quiche or savoury tart recipe.

Keywords: Pastry, Quiche, savoury tart, Shortcrust, Sour Cream

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