Perfect Pate Brisee
Use this recipe when making our Pear-Fig-Walnut Pie.
- Yield: Makes two 9-inch crusts
Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2004
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 9 ounces (2 1/4 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 7 tablespoons ice water, plus more if needed
Pulse flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor until combined. Add butter; process until mixture has pieces ranging in size from crumbs to 1/2 inch, about 12 seconds. Add ice water; process until just incorporated but dough is not wet or sticky, no more than 20 seconds. Squeeze a small amount of dough: It should just hold together. If it doesn't, continue to pulse in more ice water, 1/2 tablespoon at a time, and then test again.
Halve dough; wrap each in plastic. Roll to 1/2 inch thick. Refrigerate 1 hour or up to 2 days, or freeze up to 3 weeks.