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Basic Whole Wheat Tart Dough

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 45 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 6 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 4 ingredients
This Whole Wheat Tart Dough is simple to make and very tasty. My advice is to not overwork the dough – there should be some lumps of butter to ensure you get that perfect...


  • 1 stick (4-ounces) cold butter, cut into ¼-inch pieces
  • 1¼ cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Ice water

Nutrition Facts


217 cals


16 g

Saturated Fat

10 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

1 g

Monounsaturated Fat

4 g


19 g


0 g


3 g


3 g


23 mg


  1. In a large bowl, sift the flour and salt. Add the butter and rub together quickly with your fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs, with a few buttery lumps in it.
  2. Make a well in the center and sprinkle in 2 tablespoons ice water. Mix together with your hands or a knife until it begins to clump together as a dough, adding more ice water 1 tablespoon at a time if necessary. Lightly form the dough into a ball with your hands. It should not be too sticky and should come away cleanly from the bowl.
  3. Flour a clean countertop and roll out the ball of dough to about the width of the tart pan.  Do not roll it too thin, or it will be unmanageable.  Next, slip the pastry disc into the tart pan and, with your fingers, work round from the center of the pan, pressing the dough into and up the sides,  Crimp or cut edges, as desired.
  4. Prick the bottom with a fork and chill until ready to use.

Chef Tips

For ice water just put a few ice cubes into a glass with 1 cup water.

If you cannot find whole wheat pastry flour then substitute half whole wheat flour and half all-purpose flour. Just swapping in whole wheat flour will result in a drier and grittier baked good.

Eat all sweet, sugary treats in moderation. A little bit of what you like does you good, but don’t overdo it!

Registered Dietitian Approved

All our recipes are created by chefs and reviewed by our oncology-trained staff Registered Dietitian, Kate Ueland, MS, RD, to ensure that each is backed with scientific evidence and meets the standards set by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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