Buttercrust Pastry Dough


This pastry dough recipe is tender and flaky. A food processor helps you achieve a gorgeous bread crumb texture when adding the ice water. If you use the dough for a savory recipe, cut down the sugar a bit but do not omit it entirely. The most important thing to remember is to use frozen butter and ice-cold water.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
1 pound pie dough


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup butter, cut into 12 cubes, frozen

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 6 tablespoons ice water


  1. Place 1 cup flour into a food processor with the blade attachment. Sprinkle frozen butter cubes over flour. Cover with remaining 1 cup flour, sugar, and salt. Pulse in short bursts until butter is broken down into small pieces, about 1 minute. Drizzle in ice water. Pulse with longer pulses until 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.

  2. Transfer 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.

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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

295 Calories
16g Fat
34g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 295
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 498mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 5g
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 49mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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