Stove Top Cooked French Sweet Tart Dough

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This has got to be the easiest way to make sweet tart dough. It makes a dough that is almost like a good cookie, just delicious! My food processor is in very poor health, like not working, might be able to be fixed. So, I needed to find a way to make tart dough without using the food processor. I found a recipe at David Lebovitz that looked promising – it required melting butter in the stove. Hey, it’s summer time in Glendale, California, and I didn’t want to make my house any hotter if I could help it.

I figured that I could melt the butter on the stove top, and use the Kitchen Aid mixer to actually make the dough. I was right, it worked out perfectly. This will be my go to recipe for sweet tart dough from now on. Because of the caramelization of the butter and sugar, the crust had a slight caramel flavor and color that was perfect for my Blue Cheese Stuffed Fig Tart with Balsamic Honey Glaze.

Recipe: French Sweet Tart Dough

Summary: These amounts are approximate. You will have to make adjustments depending on the brand of flour and humidity in your kitchen.


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (sunflower or peanut would be great)
  • 3 tablespoons pure cane sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk


  1. In a heavy saucepan, melt the butter, oil, sugar and salt.
  2. Be careful when the mixture starts to boil that it does not burn. Let it caramelize, but don’t let it get too dark. Remember that even after you take it off the heat, it will continue to cook. The picture below shows the approximate color, after cooking. I did not want to take a picture while it was cooking because I thought it might be a little dangerous.
    Caramel color just right!

    Caramel color just right!

  3. Have ready a metal or heat proof bowl in a stand mixer.
  4. Put the flour into the bowl, and carefully pour the butter mixture over the flour.
  5. This is where you have to get a little creative. Add as much milk as necessary to make a ball, or add more flour if needed
  6. Using the paddle attachment, mix the dough together until it forms a nice ball.
  7. By using a stand mixer, the dough should be cool enough to handle.
  8. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  9. Have ready a tart mold with a removable bottom.
  10. While the oven is heating up, use the heel of your hand to move the dough all the way and up on the edges. Use a fork to reinforce the dough on the sides.
  11. Prick the dough with a fork at least 10 times all over the bottom of the crust. There is no need for blind baking.
    shell ready for oven

    Shell ready for oven

  12. Bake the tart shell in the oven for about 15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.
    Finished sweet tart shell

    Finished tart shell

  13. .

Quick notes

Use an unflavored oil like peanut or sunflower oil. Do not use olive, grape seed or avocado because they will affect the flavor. Of course, do not use corn oil as it is genetically modified, and not a good plate.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 25 minute(s)

Diet type: Vegetarian

Number of servings (yield): 1

Culinary tradition: French

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

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Recipe by Adrienne Boswell.
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  4. Rebecca Samuels says:

    Wow! What a great idea! Thanks so much for posting, this is a MUCH easier way to make tart dough!

  5. Micelle says:

    Wow! Thanks for posting this recipe. This is EASY!

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