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Catholic Recipe: Saint Denis Tartlets


    Sweet Shortcrust Pastry
  • 2 c. (250g) flour
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 Tbsp (60g) butter
  • 4 Tbsp (60g) shortening
  • 6 Tbsp ice water 


  • 1/4 c (50g) butter
  • 1/4 c (50g) sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 c (50g) almonds, ground
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg white
  • raspberry jam
  • powdered sugar for dusting


Yield: 12-15 tartlets

Prep Time: N/A

Difficulty:  ★★★☆

Cost:  ★★★☆

For Ages: 15+

Origin: France


Feasts (1)

Also Called: St. Denis Tartlets

A wonderful French pastry to celebrate the feast of St. Denis.


In a medium bowl combine flour, sugar and salt. Cut in butter and shortening until mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs. Sprinkle ice water over flour mixture until moistened. Gather dough into a ball, refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough about 1/8 inch (3 mm) thick. Cut out circles large enough to line 3-inch (8 cm) tartlet pans with the dough circles.

Cream the butter and sugar together until thick; beat in the 2 egg yolks, 1 at a time. Add the ground almonds, cornstarch and vanilla. Lastly fold in the stiffly whisked egg white.

Place a teaspoon of jam in the bottom of each tartlet pan and fill with the mixture. Place two narrow strips of pastry across the top. Bake in a fairly hot oven 400°F (200°C) for 15 to 20 minutes.

When cool, dust with powdered sugar.

Recipe Source: Cooking With the Saints by Ernst Schuegraf, Ignatius Press, 2001