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  1. #1
    Tracy Guest

    Default Weird pie crust instructions

    This is from the epicurious website. It is the tart crust instructions
    for the "creme brulee tart" from the October issue of _Gourmet_.

    It is a fairly straightforward recipe. The technique is very odd to me -
    something I have never seen. I just want to make sure I am reading it
    correctly.

    I think I am supposed to - after you combine the ingredients - divide
    the dough into 8 pieces then bring them all back together again. Is that
    correct? I have never seen pie crust/tart instructions like these. It is
    a recipe for a 9 inch tart.

    I'll probably just make the crust the way I usually do since I don't see
    a whole lot of benefit from doing it this way.

    Here is the line I am talking about:

    Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 8
    portions. With heel of your hand, smear each portion once in a forward
    motion to help distribute fat. Gather dough into a ball, then flatten
    into a 5-inch disk. Chill dough, wrapped in plastic wrap, until firm, at
    least 30 minutes.

    -Tracy
    having a major blond moment right now.

  2. #2
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: Weird pie crust instructions

    Tracy wrote:

    > Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 8
    > portions. With heel of your hand, smear each portion once in a forward
    > motion to help distribute fat. Gather dough into a ball, then flatten
    > into a 5-inch disk. Chill dough, wrapped in plastic wrap, until firm,
    > at least 30 minutes.


    Maybe it's a method where you don't overwork the dough as
    you might trying to knead a whole dough.

    nancy

  3. #3
    Dave Smith Guest

    Default Re: Weird pie crust instructions

    Tracy wrote:
    > This is from the epicurious website. It is the tart crust instructions
    > for the "creme brulee tart" from the October issue of _Gourmet_.
    >
    > It is a fairly straightforward recipe. The technique is very odd to me -
    > something I have never seen. I just want to make sure I am reading it
    > correctly.
    >
    > I think I am supposed to - after you combine the ingredients - divide
    > the dough into 8 pieces then bring them all back together again. Is that
    > correct? I have never seen pie crust/tart instructions like these. It is
    > a recipe for a 9 inch tart.
    >
    > I'll probably just make the crust the way I usually do since I don't see
    > a whole lot of benefit from doing it this way.
    >
    > Here is the line I am talking about:
    >
    > Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 8
    > portions. With heel of your hand, smear each portion once in a forward
    > motion to help distribute fat. Gather dough into a ball, then flatten
    > into a 5-inch disk. Chill dough, wrapped in plastic wrap, until firm, at
    > least 30 minutes.
    >


    Is this the recipe you should have linked?
    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/fo...ee-Tart-350238

    I don't see a lot of benefit from doing it that way either, but does
    look like they press out each of the 8 balls with the palm of the hand
    and then roll it back into a ball. FWIW, when I make pie pastry I
    usually press the dough ball into a disc roughly that size, wrap in in
    Saran and cool it before rolling it out.

  4. #4
    Tracy Guest

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    Nancy Young wrote:
    > Tracy wrote:
    >
    >> Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 8
    >> portions. With heel of your hand, smear each portion once in a forward
    >> motion to help distribute fat. Gather dough into a ball, then flatten
    >> into a 5-inch disk. Chill dough, wrapped in plastic wrap, until firm,
    >> at least 30 minutes.

    >
    > Maybe it's a method where you don't overwork the dough as
    > you might trying to knead a whole dough.
    > nancy


    I was thinking that maybe it helped promote flakiness. Not the kind of
    flakiness that I am experiencing right now for having to read the
    instructions over and over again to fully understand them. ;-)


    -Tracy

  5. #5
    Nancy Young Guest

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    Tracy wrote:
    > Nancy Young wrote:
    >> Tracy wrote:
    >>
    >>> Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 8
    >>> portions. With heel of your hand, smear each portion once in a
    >>> forward motion to help distribute fat. Gather dough into a ball,
    >>> then flatten into a 5-inch disk. Chill dough, wrapped in plastic
    >>> wrap, until firm, at least 30 minutes.

    >>
    >> Maybe it's a method where you don't overwork the dough as
    >> you might trying to knead a whole dough.
    >> nancy

    >
    > I was thinking that maybe it helped promote flakiness. Not the kind of
    > flakiness that I am experiencing right now for having to read the
    > instructions over and over again to fully understand them. ;-)


    (laugh) It does look like What am I missing.

    nancy

  6. #6
    Tracy Guest

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    Dave Smith wrote:
    > Tracy wrote:
    >> This is from the epicurious website. It is the tart crust instructions
    >> for the "creme brulee tart" from the October issue of _Gourmet_.
    >>
    >> It is a fairly straightforward recipe. The technique is very odd to me
    >> - something I have never seen. I just want to make sure I am reading
    >> it correctly.
    >>
    >> I think I am supposed to - after you combine the ingredients - divide
    >> the dough into 8 pieces then bring them all back together again. Is
    >> that correct? I have never seen pie crust/tart instructions like
    >> these. It is a recipe for a 9 inch tart.
    >>
    >> I'll probably just make the crust the way I usually do since I don't
    >> see a whole lot of benefit from doing it this way.
    >>
    >> Here is the line I am talking about:
    >>
    >> Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 8
    >> portions. With heel of your hand, smear each portion once in a forward
    >> motion to help distribute fat. Gather dough into a ball, then flatten
    >> into a 5-inch disk. Chill dough, wrapped in plastic wrap, until firm,
    >> at least 30 minutes.
    >>

    >
    > Is this the recipe you should have linked?
    > http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/fo...ee-Tart-350238
    >
    > I don't see a lot of benefit from doing it that way either, but does
    > look like they press out each of the 8 balls with the palm of the hand
    > and then roll it back into a ball. FWIW, when I make pie pastry I
    > usually press the dough ball into a disc roughly that size, wrap in in
    > Saran and cool it before rolling it out.



    Ya know, I thought about posting the link - yes that is the one btw -
    but I figured the only pertinent part was the one sentence so I copied
    and pasted. I know a lot of folks don't like to click on links. I
    don't have a problem with it though, usually.

    As for the technique, I think it is unnecessary. I just had to reread
    the darn instructions a million times and I had to recheck that it was
    for one tart not 8 individual tarts.

    For the record - my son wants to make this for his new girlfriend and he
    wants us to practice beforehand - maybe this Sunday.

    -Tracy

  7. #7
    Nancy2 Guest

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    On Oct 23, 10:01*am, Tracy <karac...@bc.edu> wrote:
    > Dave Smith wrote:
    > > Tracy wrote:
    > >> This is from the epicurious website. It is the tart crust instructions
    > >> for the "creme brulee tart" from the October issue of _Gourmet_.

    >
    > >> It is a fairly straightforward recipe. The technique is very odd to me
    > >> - something I have never seen. I just want to make sure I am reading
    > >> it correctly.

    >
    > >> I think I am supposed to - after you combine the ingredients - divide
    > >> the dough into 8 pieces then bring them all back together again. Is
    > >> that correct? I have never seen pie crust/tart instructions like
    > >> these. It is a recipe for a 9 inch tart.

    >
    > >> I'll probably just make the crust the way I usually do since I don't
    > >> see a whole lot of benefit from doing it this way.

    >
    > >> Here is the line I am talking about:

    >
    > >> Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 8
    > >> portions. With heel of your hand, smear each portion once in a forward
    > >> motion to help distribute fat. Gather dough into a ball, then flatten
    > >> into a 5-inch disk. Chill dough, wrapped in plastic wrap, until firm,
    > >> at least 30 minutes.

    >
    > > Is this the recipe you should have linked?
    > >http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/fo...ee-Tart-350238

    >
    > > I don't see a lot of benefit from doing it that way either, but does
    > > look like they press out each of the 8 balls with the palm of the hand
    > > and then roll it back into a ball. *FWIW, when I make pie pastry I
    > > usually press the dough ball into a disc roughly that size, wrap in in
    > > Saran and cool it before rolling it out.

    >
    > Ya know, I thought about posting the link - yes that is the one btw -
    > but I figured the only pertinent part was the one sentence so I copied
    > and pasted. *I know a lot of folks don't like to click on links. *I
    > don't have a problem with it though, usually.
    >
    > As for the technique, I think it is unnecessary. I just had to reread
    > the darn instructions a million times and I had to recheck that it was
    > for one tart not 8 individual tarts.
    >
    > For the record - my son wants to make this for his new girlfriend and he
    > wants us to practice beforehand - maybe this Sunday.
    >
    > -Tracy- Hide quoted text -
    >
    > - Show quoted text -


    I think it's simply a means of distributing the fat evenly without
    overworking, as nancy or someone said. Doing it in 8 bits would keep
    you from overworking 7 of those bits.

    Me? I'd use a FP and skip the fussy hand-working.

    N.

  8. #8
    merryb Guest

    Default Re: Weird pie crust instructions

    On Oct 23, 7:40*am, "Nancy Young" <rjynly...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > Tracy wrote:
    > > Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 8
    > > portions. With heel of your hand, smear each portion once in a forward
    > > motion to help distribute fat. Gather dough into a ball, then flatten
    > > into a 5-inch disk. Chill dough, wrapped in plastic wrap, until firm,
    > > at least 30 minutes.

    >
    > Maybe it's a method where you don't overwork the dough as
    > you might trying to knead a whole dough.
    >
    > nancy


    I think you are exactly right! A co- worker emailed me a cookbook with
    a lot of copycat recipes- you know, restaurants and Hostess pie
    stuff....anyway, my son & I decided to make pop tarts- we called them
    poop toots! The dough was perfect for this application as it was on
    the stiff side, but still a little crumbly, and needed a little
    kneading to make it stay together when rolling out. To tell the truth,
    they tasted pretty close to the real thing!

  9. #9
    Janet Guest

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    "Tracy" <karachit[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:gdq1l6$dg6$[email protected]..
    > This is from the epicurious website. It is the tart crust instructions for
    > the "creme brulee tart" from the October issue of _Gourmet_.
    >
    > It is a fairly straightforward recipe. The technique is very odd to me -
    > something I have never seen. I just want to make sure I am reading it
    > correctly.
    >
    > I think I am supposed to - after you combine the ingredients - divide the
    > dough into 8 pieces then bring them all back together again. Is that
    > correct? I have never seen pie crust/tart instructions like these. It is a
    > recipe for a 9 inch tart.
    >
    > I'll probably just make the crust the way I usually do since I don't see a
    > whole lot of benefit from doing it this way.
    >
    > Here is the line I am talking about:
    >
    > Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 8 portions.
    > With heel of your hand, smear each portion once in a forward motion to
    > help distribute fat. Gather dough into a ball, then flatten into a 5-inch
    > disk. Chill dough, wrapped in plastic wrap, until firm, at least 30
    > minutes.
    >
    > -Tracy
    > having a major blond moment right now.


    The "smearing" with the heel of the hand is a technique used when making a
    French sugar-cookie-style crust. But they are very, very tender because of
    all the sugar.



  10. #10
    Tracy Guest

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    Janet wrote:
    > "Tracy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:gdq1l6$dg6$[email protected]..
    >> This is from the epicurious website. It is the tart crust instructions for
    >> the "creme brulee tart" from the October issue of _Gourmet_.
    >>
    >> It is a fairly straightforward recipe. The technique is very odd to me -
    >> something I have never seen. I just want to make sure I am reading it
    >> correctly.
    >>
    >> I think I am supposed to - after you combine the ingredients - divide the
    >> dough into 8 pieces then bring them all back together again. Is that
    >> correct? I have never seen pie crust/tart instructions like these. It is a
    >> recipe for a 9 inch tart.
    >>
    >> I'll probably just make the crust the way I usually do since I don't see a
    >> whole lot of benefit from doing it this way.
    >>
    >> Here is the line I am talking about:
    >>
    >> Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 8 portions.
    >> With heel of your hand, smear each portion once in a forward motion to
    >> help distribute fat. Gather dough into a ball, then flatten into a 5-inch
    >> disk. Chill dough, wrapped in plastic wrap, until firm, at least 30
    >> minutes.
    >>
    >> -Tracy
    >> having a major blond moment right now.

    >
    > The "smearing" with the heel of the hand is a technique used when making a
    > French sugar-cookie-style crust. But they are very, very tender because of
    > all the sugar.
    >
    >

    Interesting..the crust mentioned has 2 tablespoons of sugar. I wouldn't
    consider that a lot of sugar though.

    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/fo...ee-Tart-350238

    -Tracy

  11. #11
    TammyM Guest

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    "merryb" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    On Oct 23, 7:40 am, "Nancy Young" <rjynly...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > Tracy wrote:
    > > Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 8
    > > portions. With heel of your hand, smear each portion once in a forward
    > > motion to help distribute fat. Gather dough into a ball, then flatten
    > > into a 5-inch disk. Chill dough, wrapped in plastic wrap, until firm,
    > > at least 30 minutes.

    >
    > Maybe it's a method where you don't overwork the dough as
    > you might trying to knead a whole dough.
    >
    > nancy


    >>I think you are exactly right! A co- worker emailed me a cookbook with
    >>a lot of copycat recipes- you know, restaurants and Hostess pie
    >>stuff....anyway, my son & I decided to make pop tarts- we called them
    >>poop toots! The dough was perfect for this application as it was on
    >>the stiff side, but still a little crumbly, and needed a little
    >>kneading to make it stay together when rolling out. To tell the truth,
    >>they tasted pretty close to the real thing!


    Hey Merryb, could you please post that recipe under cover of a separate (pop
    tarts copycat) recipe subject header?

    thanks!

    TammyM



  12. #12
    merryb Guest

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    On Oct 23, 11:32*am, "TammyM" <priv...@privacy.com> wrote:
    > "merryb" <msg...@juno.com> wrote in message
    >
    > news:[email protected]...
    > On Oct 23, 7:40 am, "Nancy Young" <rjynly...@comcast.net> wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > > Tracy wrote:
    > > > Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 8
    > > > portions. With heel of your hand, smear each portion once in a forward
    > > > motion to help distribute fat. Gather dough into a ball, then flatten
    > > > into a 5-inch disk. Chill dough, wrapped in plastic wrap, until firm,
    > > > at least 30 minutes.

    >
    > > Maybe it's a method where you don't overwork the dough as
    > > you might trying to knead a whole dough.

    >
    > > nancy
    > >>I think you are exactly right! A co- worker emailed me a cookbook with
    > >>a lot of copycat recipes- you know, restaurants and Hostess pie
    > >>stuff....anyway, my son & I decided to make pop tarts- we called them
    > >>poop toots! The dough was perfect for this application as it was on
    > >>the stiff side, but still a little crumbly, and needed a little
    > >>kneading to make it stay together when rolling out. To tell the truth,
    > >>they tasted pretty close to the real thing!

    >
    > Hey Merryb, could you please post that recipe under cover of a separate (pop
    > tarts copycat) recipe subject header?
    >
    > thanks!
    >
    > TammyM- Hide quoted text -
    >
    > - Show quoted text -


    I'll try to post the whole cookbook...

  13. #13
    Default User Guest

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    Tracy wrote:


    > Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 8
    > portions. With heel of your hand, smear each portion once in a
    > forward motion to help distribute fat. Gather dough into a ball, then
    > flatten into a 5-inch disk. Chill dough, wrapped in plastic wrap,
    > until firm, at least 30 minutes.


    This is similar to the America's Test Kitchen recipe for Apple Gallette.

    This link might require registration:

    <http://www.americastestkitchen.com/recipe.asp?recipeids=4530&>

    The relevant portion is:

    4. FRAISAGE AND CHILL: Starting at farthest end, use heel of hand to
    smear small amount of dough against counter, pushing firmly down and
    away from you, to create separate pile of dough (flattened pieces of
    dough should look shaggy). Continue process until all dough has been
    worked. Gather dough into rough 12 by 5-inch mound and repeat smearing
    process. Dough will not have to be smeared as much as first time and
    should form cohesive ball once entire portion is worked. Form dough
    into 4-inch square, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate until cold and
    firm but still malleable, 30 minutes to 1 hour.




    Brian

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  14. #14
    Lynn from Fargo Guest

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    On Oct 23, 9:27*am, Tracy <karac...@bc.edu> wrote:
    > This is from the epicurious website. It is the tart crust instructions
    > for the "creme brulee tart" from the October issue of _Gourmet_.
    >
    > It is a fairly straightforward recipe. The technique is very odd to me -
    > something I have never seen. I just want to make sure I am reading it
    > correctly.
    >
    > I think I am supposed to - after you combine the ingredients - divide
    > the dough into 8 pieces then bring them all back together again. Is that
    > correct? I have never seen pie crust/tart instructions like these. It is
    > a recipe for a 9 inch tart.
    >
    > I'll probably just make the crust the way I usually do since I don't see
    > a whole lot of benefit from doing it this way.
    >
    > Here is the line I am talking about:
    >
    > Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 8
    > portions. With heel of your hand, smear each portion once in a forward
    > motion to help distribute fat. Gather dough into a ball, then flatten
    > into a 5-inch disk. Chill dough, wrapped in plastic wrap, until firm, at
    > least 30 minutes.
    >
    > -Tracy
    > having a major blond moment right now.


    I just checked and that's what it said in my copy of the magazine
    itself.
    I thought the stuff about the 8 pieces and the heel of your hand
    sounded odd.
    Do you think they just want to make sure you get the butter evenly
    distributed throughout the dough?
    Lynn in Fargo

  15. #15
    Tracy Guest

    Default Re: Weird pie crust instructions

    Default User wrote:
    > Tracy wrote:
    >
    >
    >> Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 8
    >> portions. With heel of your hand, smear each portion once in a
    >> forward motion to help distribute fat. Gather dough into a ball, then
    >> flatten into a 5-inch disk. Chill dough, wrapped in plastic wrap,
    >> until firm, at least 30 minutes.

    >
    > This is similar to the America's Test Kitchen recipe for Apple Gallette.
    >
    > This link might require registration:
    >
    > <http://www.americastestkitchen.com/recipe.asp?recipeids=4530&>
    >
    > The relevant portion is:
    >
    > 4. FRAISAGE AND CHILL: Starting at farthest end, use heel of hand to
    > smear small amount of dough against counter, pushing firmly down and
    > away from you, to create separate pile of dough (flattened pieces of
    > dough should look shaggy). Continue process until all dough has been
    > worked. Gather dough into rough 12 by 5-inch mound and repeat smearing
    > process. Dough will not have to be smeared as much as first time and
    > should form cohesive ball once entire portion is worked. Form dough
    > into 4-inch square, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate until cold and
    > firm but still malleable, 30 minutes to 1 hour.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > Brian
    >

    Thanks. I watched the video. That is a very interesting technique. I
    might have to try it. I've made the apple tart in Baking with Julia a
    bunch of times - but this looks way easier. The pie crust in that book
    is "no fail" for me.

    -Tracy

  16. #16
    Tracy Guest

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    Lynn from Fargo wrote:
    > On Oct 23, 9:27 am, Tracy <karac...@bc.edu> wrote:
    >> This is from the epicurious website. It is the tart crust instructions
    >> for the "creme brulee tart" from the October issue of _Gourmet_.
    >>
    >> It is a fairly straightforward recipe. The technique is very odd to me -
    >> something I have never seen. I just want to make sure I am reading it
    >> correctly.
    >>
    >> I think I am supposed to - after you combine the ingredients - divide
    >> the dough into 8 pieces then bring them all back together again. Is that
    >> correct? I have never seen pie crust/tart instructions like these. It is
    >> a recipe for a 9 inch tart.
    >>
    >> I'll probably just make the crust the way I usually do since I don't see
    >> a whole lot of benefit from doing it this way.
    >>
    >> Here is the line I am talking about:
    >>
    >> Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 8
    >> portions. With heel of your hand, smear each portion once in a forward
    >> motion to help distribute fat. Gather dough into a ball, then flatten
    >> into a 5-inch disk. Chill dough, wrapped in plastic wrap, until firm, at
    >> least 30 minutes.
    >>
    >> -Tracy
    >> having a major blond moment right now.

    >
    > I just checked and that's what it said in my copy of the magazine
    > itself.
    > I thought the stuff about the 8 pieces and the heel of your hand
    > sounded odd.
    > Do you think they just want to make sure you get the butter evenly
    > distributed throughout the dough?
    > Lynn in Fargo


    That's what I thought but after reading some responses it appears to be
    a French technique which ensures crisp and flaky crust.

    -Tracy

  17. #17
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

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    On Thu 23 Oct 2008 01:54:46p, Lynn from Fargo told us...

    > On Oct 23, 9:27*am, Tracy <karac...@bc.edu> wrote:
    >> This is from the epicurious website. It is the tart crust instructions
    >> for the "creme brulee tart" from the October issue of _Gourmet_.
    >>
    >> It is a fairly straightforward recipe. The technique is very odd to me -
    >> something I have never seen. I just want to make sure I am reading it
    >> correctly.
    >>
    >> I think I am supposed to - after you combine the ingredients - divide
    >> the dough into 8 pieces then bring them all back together again. Is that
    >> correct? I have never seen pie crust/tart instructions like these. It is
    >> a recipe for a 9 inch tart.
    >>
    >> I'll probably just make the crust the way I usually do since I don't see
    >> a whole lot of benefit from doing it this way.
    >>
    >> Here is the line I am talking about:
    >>
    >> Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 8
    >> portions. With heel of your hand, smear each portion once in a forward
    >> motion to help distribute fat. Gather dough into a ball, then flatten
    >> into a 5-inch disk. Chill dough, wrapped in plastic wrap, until firm, at
    >> least 30 minutes.
    >>
    >> -Tracy
    >> having a major blond moment right now.

    >
    > I just checked and that's what it said in my copy of the magazine
    > itself.
    > I thought the stuff about the 8 pieces and the heel of your hand
    > sounded odd.
    > Do you think they just want to make sure you get the butter evenly
    > distributed throughout the dough?
    > Lynn in Fargo
    >


    Yes, and without overworking the single larger mass.

    --
    Wayne Boatwright
    (correct the spelling of "geemail" to reply)

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  18. #18
    Kajikit Guest

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    On Thu, 23 Oct 2008 10:27:48 -0400, Tracy <[email protected]> wrote:

    >This is from the epicurious website. It is the tart crust instructions
    >for the "creme brulee tart" from the October issue of _Gourmet_.
    >
    >It is a fairly straightforward recipe. The technique is very odd to me -
    >something I have never seen. I just want to make sure I am reading it
    >correctly.
    >
    >I think I am supposed to - after you combine the ingredients - divide
    >the dough into 8 pieces then bring them all back together again. Is that
    >correct? I have never seen pie crust/tart instructions like these. It is
    >a recipe for a 9 inch tart.
    >
    >I'll probably just make the crust the way I usually do since I don't see
    >a whole lot of benefit from doing it this way.
    >
    >Here is the line I am talking about:
    >
    >Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 8
    >portions. With heel of your hand, smear each portion once in a forward
    >motion to help distribute fat. Gather dough into a ball, then flatten
    >into a 5-inch disk. Chill dough, wrapped in plastic wrap, until firm, at
    >least 30 minutes.


    It sounds like it's a way to make the pastry flakier without doing the
    roll-out-and-fold, roll-out-and-fold thing... I don't really see the
    point.

  19. #19
    Arri London Guest

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    Tracy wrote:
    >
    > This is from the epicurious website. It is the tart crust instructions
    > for the "creme brulee tart" from the October issue of _Gourmet_.
    >
    > It is a fairly straightforward recipe. The technique is very odd to me -
    > something I have never seen. I just want to make sure I am reading it
    > correctly.
    >
    > I think I am supposed to - after you combine the ingredients - divide
    > the dough into 8 pieces then bring them all back together again. Is that
    > correct? I have never seen pie crust/tart instructions like these. It is
    > a recipe for a 9 inch tart.
    >
    > I'll probably just make the crust the way I usually do since I don't see
    > a whole lot of benefit from doing it this way.
    >
    > Here is the line I am talking about:
    >
    > Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 8
    > portions. With heel of your hand, smear each portion once in a forward
    > motion to help distribute fat. Gather dough into a ball, then flatten
    > into a 5-inch disk. Chill dough, wrapped in plastic wrap, until firm, at
    > least 30 minutes.
    >
    > -Tracy




    That is called 'fraisage'. It does precisely what it says: distributes
    the fat evenly throughout the pastry dough. Dividing up the dough makes
    it easier to 'smear' than the entire piece.

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    Default Re: Weird pie crust instructions

    On Thu, 23 Oct 2008 11:01:06 -0400, Tracy <[email protected]> wrote:

    >For the record - my son wants to make this for his new girlfriend and he
    >wants us to practice beforehand - maybe this Sunday.


    Oh, maybe he's cooking for a "keeper!" Please keep us posted in that
    regard.




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