Tart Dough Cooked Butter Method, has anyone tried this?
There's a Batali tart - Sicilian I think - where you melt the butter. It's very good. I use it for both sweet and savory tarts, adjusting sugar (or not, depending on circumstances)
Hugely easy, like DL's pal appears to be making. The Batali thing is less "wet" looking in the mixing bowl.
I've used this recipe a dozen times or more, with excellent results. It works well as a base for pastry creams as well as fruit tarts. I also used it as the crust for the Tartine Apple Nougatine Tart, which returns to the oven to bake, and it was terrific.
When I first put the bowl in the oven to melt the butter into the water, etc., I like to leave it in long enough to give the finished crust a nutty, brown-butter flavor.
I haven't yet tried this for a savory tart, but when I do, I'll just omit the sugar.