Pate Brisee

Use this dough to make Tomato Hand Pies or the Herb-Leek Tart.

Pate Brisee

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Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2009


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water


  1. Pulse flour and salt in a food processor until combined. Add butter, and process until mixture resembles coarse meal, about 10 seconds. With machine running, add ice water in a slow, steady stream until dough just comes together (no longer than 30 seconds).

  2. If making tomato hand pies, divide dough in half, shape each into a square, and wrap in plastic. If making herb-leek tart, flatten dough into an oblong disk, and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour (or up to 2 days), or freeze for up to 1 month.


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