Pate Brisee to Make One Double-Crust 10-Inch Pie or 12 Hand Pies

This recipe can be found in "Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook" and can be used in recipes such as John Barricelli's Fruit-Filled Hand Pies and Shaker Lemon Pie.

  • Yield: Makes enough for 1 double-crust 10-inch pie or 12 hand pies
Pate Brisee to Make One Double-Crust 10-Inch Pie or 12 Hand Pies

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, September Fall 2008

Ingredients

  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 sticks (1 1/2 cup) unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup ice water, plus more if needed

Directions

  1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine flour, sugar, and salt; pulse to combine. Add butter, and pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs with some larger pieces remaining, about 10 seconds. (To mix by hand, combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, then cut in butter with a pastry blender.)

  2. With the machine running, add ice water through the feed tube in a slow, steady stream, just until dough holds together without being wet or sticky. Do not process more than 30 seconds. Test by squeezing a small amount of the dough together; if it is still too crumbly, add a bit more water, 1 tablespoon at a time.

  3. Turn out dough onto a clean work surface. Divide in half, and place each half on a piece of plastic wrap. Shape into flattened rectangles. Wrap in plastic, and refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight.

Cook's Note

The dough can be frozen up to 1 month; thaw overnight in the refrigerator before using.

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