How to Use Your Mini Tart Shaper

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A mini-tart shaper aids in shaping the tart shells for a variety of small snacks, both savory and sweet. Most mini-tart shapers look like a dowel with flattened knobs on both ends. Utilizing the tool creates consistency in the thickness and shape of tart shells and lessens the time spent prepping the shells in the pan. Because it is easy to use and costs around $5, the mini-tart shaper is a convenient tool for cooks and bakers keep on hand.

Things You'll Need

  • Tart dough
  • Mini-muffin pan
  • Mini-tart shaper
  • All-purpose flour, as needed
  • Shape the tart dough into 1-inch balls. Place the balls in the unlined cups of the mini-muffin pan. If desired, grease the cups with butter first for added flavor. The mini-tart shaper can be used on straight-edged or fluted tart pans.

  • Dip one of the rounded ends of the mini-tart shaper into all-purpose flour to prevent it from sticking to the dough. Tap off any excess flour; the end should be lightly dusted, not heavily coated.

  • Press the floured end of the mini-tart shaper into the dough and rotate the tool with one hand, using a circular wrist motion, to form the tart shell. Apply even pressure throughout to ensure consistent thickness on the sides and bottom of the tart. Because each dough is different, getting the right pressure may require one or two practice attempts.

  • Flour the mini-tart shaper after each press. If the shaper sticks to the dough, coat it with extra flour. Finish shaping the desired number of tarts; wrap any extra dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for later use.

  • Bake the shells as directed by the recipe. Cool to the desired temperature, then fill the tart shells with sweet or savory ingredients.

Tips & Warnings

  • To care for the mini-tart shaper, hand wash the tool with warm soapy water, then rinse and towel dry it. Running the baking tool through the dishwasher or leaving it soaking in water can affect the wood.
  • If a mini-tart shaper is unavailable, any tool with a 1-inch flattened round end, such as a French rolling pin or the back of a wooden juicer, may be used instead. Simply follow the same steps, paying close attention to the even application of pressure.

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