The Perfect Shortcrust Pastry (Pâte Brisée)
The Perfect Shortcrust Pastry (Pâte Brisée)
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The Perfect Shortcrust Pastry (Pâte Brisée)

10 MIN
30 MIN
Two 23 to 25-cm (9 to 10-inch) crusts



In a food processor

  1. In a food processor, combine the flour and salt. Add the butter and pulse for a few seconds at a time until the butter is the size of peas. Add the water, sour cream or yogurt and pulse again until the dough just begins to form. Add water as needed. Remove the dough from the food processor and form two discs.

By hand

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Blend the butter into the flour with a pastry blender or with two knives to get a grainy texture where you can find small pieces of butter the size of peas. Add the water, sour cream or yogurt gradually, lifting and turning the mixture with a spatula to prevent spots from becoming wetter than others. Add water, as needed, a spoonful at a time, just until the mixture holds when pressed between the fingers. Form into two discs.
  2. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Roll out the dough on a floured work surface or between two sheets of parchment paper in a 3 to 4-mm (1/8-inch) thick sheet. Use the dough to make a 2-crust pie or line two 23 to 25-cm (9 to 10-inch) pie plates.


You're afraid to make a pie crust? Use the food processor. It’s as easy as pie! The dough can be refrigerated for up to three days or frozen for up to three months. Thaw in the refrigerator before rolling it out, let it sit at room temperature until it is supple enough to use.

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  1. Best shortcrust pastry ever! I used Greek yogurt and found I still needed to add a few tbsps of ice water to bring it all together. Beautiful, flaky crust and so easy to make by hand. Won't buy the pre-made supermarket pastry ever again!

  2. I love to make pie and have tried lots of pastry recipes over the years. I find that this is one of the easiest to work with. Delicious too.

  3. I made this recipe using 6 tbsp. of plain yogurt (10% fat). It was easy to handle and delicious. Merci Ricardo.

  4. I am 48 years old and I consider myself an experienced cook. I have NEVER been able to make edible pastry much to my shame. UNTIL NOW! I was so successful with this recipe (I used sour cream) that the next day I turned around and made batches and put them in the freezer for future recipes. MERCI Ricardo MERCI

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