Short crust dough [Pate a foncer (brisee)]

Ingredients – 
Flour (de la farine), 250g
Butter (du beurre), 125g
Salt (du sel), 5g
Granulated sugar (sucre en poudre), 25g
Egg yolk (1), (jaune d’oeuf), 20g
Water approximately (de l’eau), 50g

Method –
Dissolve the sugar and salt in water.
‘Sabler’ the butter and the flour – rub together tightly until sandy, then make a well in the centre.
Add the yolk and water into the centre, control the consistency of the dough with water.
Mix the ingredients without overworking the dough – use more your fingers.
‘Fraser’ quickly without giving elasticity to the dough.
Make a ball and flatten.
Store in fridge before use.

Notes of miss pirisi:
Sabler means to make sandy or like sand. We do this by rubbing our hands together.
Fraser means to cut the dough and pull it out removing any lumps of butter or flour. At school we use a metal pastry scraper, alternatively you can use the palm of your hands to fraser.

This recipe is from the student class recipe book, Anglophone Patisserie 2013, created by Chef Patissier, D. Averty of l’ecole FERRANDI . The recipe can be subject to change at the discretion of the Chef or any other Chef at any time. The success of this recipe depends on a number of factors such as the quality of ingredients, temperature and quality of appliances, temperature of the kitchen, skill of the student and/or patissiere and timing.

The Month of Tartes

If the first month of our Ferrandi program had to have a name, it would be, The Month of Tarts. The idea is to practice working with doughs: pâte foncer (short crust dough) pâte sucre (sweet dough) and pâte sabler (sanded dough) – all are the bases for French tarts, and there are many.

To fill many tarts we use various creams, so we work with either or a combination of: creme amande (almond cream), creme patissiere (pastry cream), creme pistache (pistache cream).

The French are famously known for their abundant use of seasonal fruits. Ferrandi ensures all year round supplies of both seasonal and out of season produce (imports), this ensures that students never miss a recipe.


Tarte aux Pommes (Apple Tart)


Tarte aux poires (Pear tart)


Tarte Linzer


Tarte aux Fruits et Tarte Linzer


Tarte citron merangue


Tarte Citron


Tarte au chocolate framboise


Tarte au Chocolat


Tart Tatin




Tarte au Cafe


Pinapple ….

Pâte [doughs]

To know how to make des tarte francaises you’ve got to know how to make les pâtes. Plus, the doughs are used for viennoiseries and petits gateaux.

Pâte a Foncer (Brisee)  [short crust dough]
Brissee translates to broken dough or to break dough. To prepare this dough, we do an action called sabler, which is light quick rubbing of butter and flour together between the hands causing a sandy effect. After you’ve incorporated the additional ingredients of egg yolks and water (which contain salt and sugar), you perform a method of fraisage , or  English, to fraser the dough– eliminating the lumps from the dough using a coupe pate. We avoid using the ball of our hands (which is commonly shown in traditional methods) because our hands contain heat, and the whole idea in creating this dough is to avoid giving elasticity. Pate a Brisee tarts inlcude:

– Tarte alsacienne
– Tarte normande
– Tarte aux pommes
– Tarte au riz

Pâte sucree [Sweet dough] 
The dough begins by creaming butter and icing sugar together. Once all ingredients (egg, water) of the dough have come together, a method of fraisage is used. To fraser pastry is to cut parts of the dough with a scrapper and as you do pull or drag it out as if you’re stretching it accumulating each piece into a roll. Then adding those rolls to finally make your complete dough.

– Tarte au cafe
– Tarte amandine
– Tarte Bourdaloue
– Tarte au chocolat
– Tarte au chocolat framboise
– Tarte au Citron
– Tarte au citron meringuee
– Tarte Dacquoise
– Lintzer torte
– Tarte aux noix
– Victoria tart

Pate feuilletee [puff pastry dough]
You’re making a dough with a greater flour to butter ratio (for example, flour 400g/butter 50g). This dough is called a detrempe. The dough is made into a ball – same method of fraisage is used – and you slice an X into it. Refrigerate for no less than 30 minutes. Open the X of the dough, using a rolling pin open up the dough. Your objective is to envelope a block of butter into the detrempe. You will wrap up the butter as if you were wrapping a book. Then you roll out the dough with the butter inside. That’s how the French puff pastry is so flaky and buttery in it’s most basic explanations.

– Tarte alsacienne
– Apple and puff pastry tarte bands
– Tarte normande
– Tarte soufflee with apple brandy

Pate feuillette Inversee [inversed puff pastry dough]
This is a greater butter to flour ratio. In this case we make two doughs, the detrempe (greater flour to butter ratio) and the other, manie (greater butter to flour ratio).  But this time, the detrempe is enveloped into the manie. This method is famously known for giving the puff pastry superb flakiness, and is the most delicious. Pierre Herme is known for using this method. We will use this dough for most of the puff pastries we do at school, it’s certainly Chefs prefered way, and we can’t disagree on that. The puff pastries are above in the list of Pate Feuilletee.

Tarte au Cafe [Coffee tart] – Pierre Hermé

This recipe is not so straight forward. It was a collective effort both students and chef pulled this one together.  If you’re not so ambitious to make this recipe but you’re envious to taste it you can find this exact tarte, petit and large version at Pierrre Hermé, it’s his recipe or at least a version of it. You can also find another version of this tart, the flavour of Infiniment Vanille, from the book Best of Pierre Hermé.

Tarte au Cafe [Coffee Tart] is a delicious layering of coffee cream, spongy biscuit and ganache on a crunchy biscuit base. Then to finish a coffee glaze which gives gloss, and even better has a toffee stickness to it which has you licking your finger tips. Here is a very brief view of Tarte au Cafe in the making, it’s more like a revision for me.

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Tarte au Cafe (Coffee Tart) recipe –

from Pierre Hermé reproduced by Ferrandi Pastry Chef, Didier Averty .

3 tarts (each 17 cm diameter)
Sweet tart dough

Butter (creamed), 150 g
Almond powder, 25 g
Powdered sugar, 100 g
Liquid vanilla, 1 g
Eggs, 60 g
Guérande Salt, 1 g
Flour, 250 g

Combine the creamed butter, powdered sugar, and almond power in a beater using the paddle attachment. Add the vanilla and eggs and blend. Add the salt and flour.
Turn out of the beater and chill.

Coffee-flavored Whipped Cream (3 rings)

Whipping cream, 400 g
Coffee extract, 8 g
(or ground coffee), 35 g
Homemade caramel, 3 g
Granulated sugar, 30 g
Gelatin sheets, 3 g
Water, 18 g

Soak the gelatin in cold water.
Make an infusion with the coffee and warm cream. Add the caramel, the granulated sugar, the gelatin and stir into the warm cream.
Combine well and refrigerate until chilled.
Beat the cream.
Mold into lightly heated tart rings (17 cm).
Unmold immediately and freeze.

Biscuit à la cuiller – 12 rounds
Granulated sugar, 125 g
Egg whites, 200 g
Egg yolks, 110 g
Inverted sugar, 10 g
Flour, 70 g
Corn starch, 70 g
Strong coffee, 200 g

Whip the egg whites with the sugar. Add the yolks and inverted sugar and stir for several seconds. Incorporate the sifted flour and starch into the mixture. Pipe the mixture into spirals (18 cm) with a pastry tip.

Coffee Ganache (3 tarts)
Whipping cream, 170 g
White chocolate, 235 g
Coffee, 16 g

Infuse the coffee in the warm cream.
Strain through a fine sieve.
Pour over the chopped chocolate one third at a time, stirring well after each addition.

Coffee Glaze (Miroir Café 3 tarts)
White chocolate, 300 g
Cream, 130 g
Glucose, 6 g
Sugar syrup 1260, 18 g
Clear glaze, 270 g
Coffee extract, 8 g
Homemade caramel, 8 g
Deep yellow food coloring

Boil the cream and pour it over the white chocolate.
Mix as for a ganache.
Heat the clear glaze and combine with the glucose, sugar syrup caramel and the coffee extract. Combine with the ganache and mix.
Correct the color with the food coloring.

Roll out the dough, fit into 20 cm tart rings, and blind bake until lightly browned.
Make the coffee whipped cream and mold it into rings. Remove from the rings and freeze.
Pour a little of the coffee ganache over the bottom of the precooked tart shells.
Soak the biscuit cuiller with strong coffee and place in the tart shells.
Press down and cover with the ganache, until even with the top edge of the tart.
Refrigerator until set.
Glaze the disks of frozen whipped cream with the coffee glaze at 38/40°C and let drain for a few minutes.
Trim off any drippings and place on the tarts.
Decorate with coffee beans.


You can find Pierre Herme’s recipe for TARTE INFINIMENT VANILLE in his book Best of Pierre Herme.

Note: This recipe is taken from the cookbook Anglo Patisserie created by Pastry Chef of Ferrandi, Didier Averty. The recipe may change depending on the direction of the chef. Updates by the Chef to this recipe are possible. The recipe in this post is the recipe that was created at the time of making.