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Lucinda's Pate Brisee


This pate brisee recipe is courtesy of Lucinda Scala Quinn. It can be used to make Apple-Raspberry Pie.

  • Yield: Makes enough for one 15-by-12-inch pie
Apple-Raspberry Pie

Photography: Gentl and Hyers

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 4016


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


  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.

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  • Gwyn
    22 SEP, 2014
    Note that this recipe makes a SINGLE 15x12 crust. If you are making the Apple-Raspberry Slab Pie (, you will need to DOUBLE this recipe to make the double crust.
  • CanadianCupcake
    10 SEP, 2010
    Oops, I meant to add my comment below to Martha's Pate Brisee recipe from 1992 found here: This recipe seems to be a bit different.
  • CanadianCupcake
    10 SEP, 2010
    Perfect results! This was my first time making a crust from scratch. I don't have a food processor, so instead froze my butter sticks for a couple hours, then cut them in half and grated them by hand. I used a pastry-blending hand tool to bring the dough together, and used just a touch more than the 1/2 c. water. Perhaps mixing it by hand makes it harder to use less water, but the results were delicious! I made the apple raspberry pie.