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I used a food processor for this tender, flaky pastry dough as it makes it so much easier to achieve the gorgeous 'breadcrumb' texture as you add the ice water. If you use the dough for a savory recipe, I'd cut down the sugar a bit, but not omit it entirely. The most important thing to remember is to use frozen butter and ice cold water.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
1 pound pie dough
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place blade insert into bowl of food processor. Add 1 cup flour. Sprinkle frozen butter cubes over flour. Add remaining 1 cup flour, sugar, and salt. Cover. Pulse in short bursts on and off until butter is broken into small pieces and looks crumbly, about 1 minute. Drizzle in ice water. Pulse with longer pulses, on and off, until mixture turns pale yellow and looks like crumbs, about 10 to 12 seconds. Scrape down sides with spatula. Pulse once or twice more.

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  • Transfer mixture onto a work surface. Bring pieces together to form a tight round ball of dough. Flatten slightly and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight before rolling out.

Chef's Notes:

Ingredients make about 1 pound pie dough (enough for 1 large pie or 4 turnovers)

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

This pastry is absolutely perfect for Chef John's Fresh Strawberry Tart!

Nutrition Facts

295 calories; protein 4.5g; carbohydrates 33.9g; fat 15.8g; cholesterol 40.7mg; sodium 497.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/26/2017
Nope, didn't change a thing. Used my own Lodi apples for filling. Will make again. Hubby love it. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
03/11/2020
Why did mine come out hard, stale like It seems to happen with all my pie crust tooSorry it made me vote the stars I know the error was on my part Read More
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56 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 42
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
07/25/2017
Nope, didn't change a thing. Used my own Lodi apples for filling. Will make again. Hubby love it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2017
I didn't know which recipe to choose, then I saw the author: Chef John so as always: 5 stars . Because Chef John's recipes are (usually) simple and (always) delicious. I always get great complements when I cook Chef John's recipes. Especially the first time. You know when you make something better than a restaurant does, I say Yes! Thank you Chef John! Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2017
I would give this 10 stars if I could. I’ve been searching for the perfect pie recipe but my search is over! Mixes easily, rolls out cleanly, tastes great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2018
We used this recipe for an after-school bake club activity. Since we didn't have a food processor, we used pastry cutters. Without ice, we just used cold tap water. Also, we didn't have time to put the dough back into the refrigerator. The apple mixture was made ahead of time and we spooned it onto our dough and followed the instructions for sealing the tarts. We used 7" glass pie dishes, ungreased, and put two tarts in each dish, back to back. After baking, they slid out of the dishes just fine. Oh, what a lovely taste! I am officially abandoning my grandmother's excellent pastry recipe for this one instead. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2018
Easy and quick Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2019
I love this crust! I always have butter cut up and stored in snack-size bags in the freezer so I can make this crust on a moment's notice. It is flaky and delicious! I've been making hand pies for our weekly Church Lenten Fish Fry, using a different filling but only this crust recipe. Everyone comments on how delicious the hand pies are, and many have asked for the crust recipe. Luckily, I know it by heart. Thank you, Chef John, for sharing this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2017
Made as is and will make it again! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/31/2018
Followed to the letter. Was not that great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2018
I LOVE this recipe! Super easy and fun to make!! And uses so few dishes with such minimal mess you'll have trouble believing you're actually making dough! But seriously. This is so easy and delicious. The butter turns the finished product into a melt-in-your-mouth delicacy. Was looking for recipes for hand pies, and I don't remember Chef John ever to disappoint, so I tried his apple hand pies recipe which uses this recipe for the dough. Definitely a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/11/2020
Why did mine come out hard, stale like It seems to happen with all my pie crust tooSorry it made me vote the stars I know the error was on my part Read More
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