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

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Makes enough for 1 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.


  • 3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoons sugar

  • 2 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 3 sticks (1 ½ cup) unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces

  • ½ 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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