Dearest to everybody,
For the previous week, I’ve been thinking a lot about what’s happening around us and what will come next. On my morning walk to work, I moved from being deeply isolated in thought, invested in writing and reading a book to looking up to greet someone or stopping to chat. Connection and togetherness feel important right now while maintaining six feet apart when we finally meet somebody to chat with. That is why I’m writing my love letter to share with you the tart recipes that I fell in love with.
There are hundreds of basic sweet dough recipes from different cookbook authors, chefs and cooks. Finally, I tried Chef Thomas Keller and Chef Sebastian Rouxel’s recipe from their book “Bouchon Bakery” and settled down. I hope and pray that someday I will personally meet them to brush myself of their brilliance.
It is like a Godsent, that I don’t have to trouble myself to create my own formula or search for the best because this recipe is the best and perfect for all the not too sweet-tart dessert you want to share or brag to your friends and family or even just enjoy it to yourself. Thank you very much “Bouchon bakery!”:)
What attracted and inspired me the most about this recipe is the addition of almond flour and vanilla seeds that give a depth rich flavour and more flavour with sublime sweetness and exquisite outcome.
Pâté Sucrée( sweet dough)
- 2 ⅔ cups /375 grams – All purpose flour
- ¼ cup+2 ½ tablespoon /46 grams – Confectioner’s sugar
- ¾ cup+1 tablespoon/94 grams – Confectioner’s sugar
- ¼ cup+3 tablespoon /47 grams – Almond meal/flour
- 1 cup /225 grams, at room temperature – Unsalted butter
- ½ vanilla bean, split length wise (option:1 teaspoon vanilla paste)
- 3 ½ tablespoon /56 grams – eggs (see note 1)
- In a medium bowl, put the all-purpose flour. Sift the ¼ cup and 2 ½ tablespoons (45 grams) of confectioner’s sugar and the almond flour into the bowl, breaking up any lumps of the almond meal that is left in the sieve and add in the bowl; whisk to combine.
- Place the soft butter into the mixer bowl, beat the butter using the paddle attachment in a medium-low speed until like a mayonnaise consistency, and hold the peak when the paddle is lifted. Sift in the remaining ¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon / 94 grams powdered sugar and pulse to begin incorporating the sugar, then increase the speed to medium-low and mix for about a minute, until the mixture is fluffy. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean, add them to the butter mixture, and mix on low speed for about 30 seconds to distribute the seeds evenly.
- Add the dry ingredients in two additions, mixing for 15 to 30 seconds after each, or until just combined. Scrape the bottom of the bowl to incorporate any dry ingredients that have not been settled. Add the eggs and mix on low speed until just combined, 15 to 30 seconds.
- Transfer the dough to the work surface. Use the heel of your hand to smear the dough and work it together (fraiser****A French term and technique for smearing and blending the dough with the heel of your hand. Once combined, the dough is folded over and the method repeated until every ingredient is incorporated and the dough is uniform and smooth. As the dough bakes, the butter create steam, and the resulting crust is light and flaky)
- Divide the dough in half and form half in any shape into ¾ inch thick. Wrap each piece very well with a plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, about two hours, but preferably overnight. The dough can be refrigerated for 2 days or frozen for up to a month. (makes 800 grams)