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Easy Butter Pastry Dough Recipe


2 cups all-purpose flour

½ cup butter, cut into 12 cubes, frozen

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons ice water


Place 1 cup of flour into the food processor with the blade attachment. Sprinkle frozen butter cubes over the flour.

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Cover with the remaining 1 cup flour, sugar, and salt. Pulse in short bursts until the butter is broken down into small pieces, about 1 minute.

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Drizzle in the ice water. Pulse with longer pulses until the mixture turns pale yellow and resembles bread crumbs, 10 to 12 seconds. Scrape down the sides with a spatula. Pulse 1 to 2 more times.

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Transfer the mixture onto a work surface and gather into a ball. Flatten slightly and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour to overnight before rolling out.

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Chef’s Note:

Yield is enough for 1 large pie or 4 turnovers.

Editor’s Notes:

For the hand pies shown in the photo, here is Chef John’s recipe for Apple Hand Pies.

This pastry is absolutely perfect for Chef John’s Fresh Strawberry Tart.

Cooking Time

Prep Time:15 mins

Additional Time: 1 hr

Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins

Servings: 6

Yield: 1 pound pie dough

Nutrition Facts

295 Calories

16g Fat

34g Carbs

5g Protein