The basis of this recipe is what's called a "pate sucre" - a basic sweet crust that is delicate with a light snap. This dough is made in a fruit processor since it doesn't rely so much on the incorporation of air. You'll know the dough is ready when you pinch a piece of it together and it holds instead of falling apart. Roll it out until it's 2-3 inches wider than your tart pan. Another good trick is to roll the dough around your pin to transfer it to the pan. Here, we also introduce you the concept of blind baking - that's another term for baking a shell by itself.
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