As you know, there are many types of shortcrust pastry that can be used to make different dessert. The type of shortcrust pastry varies according to doses of the used ingredients. For example, you can use whole eggs or only yolks, icing sugar or caster sugar. Each of these choices precludes a balance of all the other ingredients. I have chosen to use whole eggs. Their grams have been established by dividing the sum of the weight of flour, butter and sugar by 12. Don’t ask me why, but I know it’s the right calculation to make to create a perfect dough. In fact, the result is excellent. This shortcrust pastry is crumbly and fragrant! You must absolutely try it!
Ingredients for a big pie, about 28 cm
For the shortcrust pie:
• 500 grams type 00 flour
• 250 grams butter
• 200 grams caster sugar
• 80 grams whole eggs (about two eggs)
• A pinch of salt
• Grated zest of one lemon
For the filling:
• 400 grams strawberry jam
For the decoration:
• Icing sugar to taste (optional)
Put the flour, the diced butter, the salt and the lemon zest in a food processor. Blend quickly. Pour the mixture on a work surface, add the sugar and create the typical fountain shape. Put eggs in the center and begin to beat with a fork. Then begin to knead by hand briefly until the dough is compact. Wrap with baking paper and put in the fridge for about thirty minutes. Then remove from the fridge and begin to knead the dough again, roll it out with a rolling pin. Create a sheet
with half a centimeter thick. Grease and flour a pie baking tin. Lay the pastry layer on top and stick it to the edges. Remove the pasta that comes out of the baking tin, pierce the bottom with a fork and spread the strawberry jam on the surfare pie. Create some strips with advanced dough,for decorations. Place these ones on the top of the pie. Bake in a preheated oven at 180° Celsius degrees for about 35 minutes. Once cooked, turn off the heat and let it rest for a few minutes in the oven. Then take it out and let it cool. Remove the tart from the mold and It you want decorate with icing sugar.