Homemade Dough for Quiches or Fruit Tarts

Friday, April 15, 2011
Use this easy recipe to make the pastry shells for brunch quiches and for fresh fruit tarts. This tart pan has a removable bottom for easy serving.

Ingredients to Get to Make This Dough for Tarts

  • flour
  • salt
  • chilled unsalted butter
  • shortening
  • cold water

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Homemade Dough for Quiches or Fruit Tarts

Homemade Dough for Quiches or Fruit Tarts

Yield: 2
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 15 MinTotal time: 15 Min
Dough for dessert tart, quiche, and more. This is a very versatile recipe.


  • Tart Dough:
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons cold water
  • See the recipe at the end for a savory Bacon and Spinach Quiche


  1. Tart Dough for Desserts:
  2. Mix flour and salt. Add the butter and shortening using a pastry blender tool or 2 knives. Continue until it makes a coarse-looking crumb.
  3. Add the water, 1 tablespoon at a time stirring with a fork after each addition just enough water to form a dough.
  4. Using floured hands make a flat disk.
  5. This can now be used to cut out the tarts, quiche, or anything else you need pastry dough for.
  6. This makes enough for one 9-inch quiche or tart shell.
  7. Around 8 to 12 miniature individual tart pans. If not using immediately refrigerate for up to 2 days.
  8. For Baking:
  9. Poke holes in the crust after lining your tart tin into the tart dough.
  10. Bake the tart shell at 400 degrees for around 15 minutes or until it's browned.
  11. Suggestions for dessert tarts:
  12. Fill with lemon, chocolate, or vanilla puddings with a combination of fruit added. Or just fill it with fresh fruits such as blackberries, raspberries, kiwi, pineapple, and cherries.
  13. Fruits can also be used as a topping to the cream-filled tarts.
  14. Garnish with chocolate curls, whipped cream, or meringues.
  15. Bacon and Spinach Quiche
  16. 6 thick-cut bacon slices, chopped
  17. 1 shallot, minced
  18. 6 cups baby spinach
  19. 3 eggs
  20. 1 1/2 cups milk
  21. 1/4 tsp. salt
  22. 1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  23. 1/8 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  24. 1/2 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
  25. Directions:
  26. Prepare the pastry shell
  27. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees
  28. On a floured work surface, roll out the dough into a 12-inch round.
  29. Fit into a 9-inch round tart pan and trim the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch overhang.
  30. Fold the overhang back over itself and pinch it to create a sturdy edge.
  31. Pierce the dough all over with a fork.
  32. Freeze for 15 minutes.
  33. Bake the pastry shell until the edges are lightly golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool briefly. Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees.
  34. Make the filling:
  35. In a frying pan over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp, about 8 minutes or more I like mine crispy.
  36. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Pour off all but 1 Tbs. of the fat from the pan, add the garlic and cook just until soft, about 1 minute.
  37. Stir in the spinach and cook until wilted, about 3 minutes.
  38. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Add the spinach mixture to the bowl and stir to combine.
  39. Place the bacon and the cheese in the pastry shell. Pour in the spinach mixture on top.
  40. Bake until the filling is set and the crust is golden, 30 to 35 minutes.
  41. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool briefly. Remove the pan rim, cut the quiche into wedges, and serve warm.
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  1. Thanks for sharing this useful recipe. Your quiche is very tasty and inviting and the strawberry cake is absolutely amazing. I'm mouthwatering! Bye, have a great we

  2. love the strawberry creme pie.. nobody is taught me to make the bowl.. thanks for the recipe..

    can i use chicken as a filling..? or is it only for sweets?

  3. i am bookmarking this recipe for future reference.. loved it..

  4. This bacon and cheese quiche looks great! I was thinking of making a quiche of some kind soon but in order to do that I have to convince my husband that he will actually like it!

  5. Love the dough recipe! And the fillings look GREAT! Yumm!

  6. Love that this works for sweet and savory. The quiche entices - the strawberries make me yearn for a real spring.

  7. Very helpful recipe, Claudia!
    Have a nice day, barbara

  8. Homemade crust is the only way to go! Claudia your recipes are delicious. Blessings, Catherine xo

  9. Yummy dough and the tart looks amazing :)

  10. I'm always looking for a tried and true pastry crust. This one looks great, Claudia!

  11. Thanks for posting this. We have a tendency to use the frozen pre-made pie crust but this sounds pretty simple.

  12. Thanks for the dough recipe. Homemade is best for sure! I love the quiche, all the bacon! It looks mouthwatering delicious!

  13. I am a fan of homemade dough, this one looks easy and tasty.

  14. Thank you for the crust recipe! I love the quiche and your pie looks delectable!

  15. BACON! Brilliant! Big Big thanks for including the tart recipe. I'm just clueless. When you throw in a recipe for bacon and spinach quiche...well, you've just made my weekend :)

  16. Bacon and cheese and the gorgeous strawberry pie...wow! It is all mouth watering delicious!!! Hope you have a nice weekend my dear friend:)

  17. Yum! I love a delicious quiche but never make them. Now that I have the perfect crust recipe I can get into the kitchen and make one :)

  18. I am bookmarking because I am pie/tart/quiche dough-challenged. I need a good recipe like this in my arsenal.

  19. Your quiche and pie look fantastic and love the dough recipe...I feel lazy now :)

  20. MMM!!! I'm loving this quiche. I've not made quiche for a couple of months, but I think I need to change that.

  21. Claudia, that quiche needs to make it on my dinner table - soon! That is beautiful!

  22. Amaretto Strawberry Pie sounds awesome. And the strawberry patches are starting to open! Cant wait to give it a try.

  23. I have the pan and rarely use it. Now, I have inspiration to do so. That strawberry pie sounds luscious.


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