Egg Tarts: Homemade tart crust

Tart pie preparation, dough with yeast and rolling pin on white kitchen table

Here’s a recipe for homemade tart dough, that you can use in place of the store-bought puff pastry sheets. Don’t be intimidated about making this on your own – the hardest part about this recipe is waiting for the dough to chill between steps!


  • 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar, plus 1/2 Tbsp
  • 7 Tbsp unsalted butter (room temperature but not softened)
  • 1 Tbsp cold water


  1. Combine flour, salt, and 1/2 Tbsp sugar in a bowl.
  2. Add the butter and break it up roughly with your fingers, making sure to keep visible little chunks of butter in the dough. Add 2 Tbsp of cold water and bring the dough together.
  3. Add a tiny bit more water if necessary, but not too much. Cover the dough and refrigerate for 20 minutes.


  1. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured board, knead gently, and form into a neat rectangle. Roll the dough, forming an 8×20 inch rectangle. Try to keep the edges even and don’t overwork the butter streaks. Flecks of butter should still be visible in the dough.
  2. Fold the top third of the dough down to the center, then the bottom third up and over that. Give the dough a quarter turn (left or right) and roll out again to three times the length. Fold the same way as before, cover, and chill for 30 minutes.
  3. While the dough is resting, make the egg tart filling (recipe in your Spice Madam Hong Kong box. Don’t have a subscription yet? You can sign up here:



3 Comments Add yours

  1. Andrew Marco says:

    wow, this looks amazing! I’m always a bit nervous about making pastries, but this looks so good! Love this food too.

    Are there any other pastries that are similar to this on the site?!


    1. spicemadam says:

      Not currently, but we will post more in the future!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Andrew Marco says:

    that’s great to hear! Looking forward to reading more 🙂

    I was wondering if you were on FB at all? It would be amazing if you could share your recipe in our group, would love for our community of food lovers to check this one out! Check us out here:


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