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Pate Brisee for Date and Pine Nut Bars

Halve this recipe to make the base for our Date and Pine Nut Bars.

  • Yield: Makes 2 tart shells

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December/January 1998


  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces


  1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine flour, salt, and sugar. Add the butter, and pulse until the mixture resembles small peas, 8 to 10 seconds.

  2. With the machine running, add 1/4 cup ice water through the feed tube until the dough just starts to come together when you press it with your fingers. If necessary, add up to 2 more tablespoons ice water.

  3. Divide dough into two equal balls. Flatten each ball into a disk, and wrap in plastic. Chill at least 1 hour. Dough may be frozen up to 1 month.

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