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Flaky Pie Dough

Flaky Pie Dough 4.000

(Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post)

May 29, 2019

This classic all-butter pie dough will work for either sweet or savory pies -- and turns out beautifully with vegan butter, too. Work quickly with very cold ingredients for the best outcome.

If your recipe calls for 2 portions of dough (like Cathy Barrow's Mini Fruit Galettes (see related recipe) prepare the dough in one batch in a large food processor or one at a time with any food processor smaller than 9 cups.

Make Ahead: The dough needs to be refrigerated for at least 4 hours, and preferably overnight, before using. It can be refrigerated for up to 3 days, or frozen for up to 3 months. If frozen, defrost overnight in the refrigerator.


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Tested size: 4 servings; enough for a single-crust pie

  • 1 1/3 cups (160 grams) all-purpose flour, plus more for the counter
  • 8 tablespoons (113 grams/1 stick) unsalted dairy or vegan butter, diced and chilled
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup (60 milliliters) ice water

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Lightly flour a work surface.

In a bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, butter and salt; pulse 15 times or until the butter is reduced to pea-size pieces. Add the ice water and process just until the dough almost comes together.

Transfer the dough to the work surface and shape into a disk about 4 inches wide, or into a block 3 inches by 4 inches by 2 inches. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and preferably overnight.

Recipe Source

From Bring It! columnist Cathy Barrow.

Tested by Cathy Barrow and Joe Yonan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (with dairy butter): 340

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 22g 34%

Saturated Fat: 16g 80%

Cholesterol: 60mg 20%

Sodium: 35mg 1%

Total Carbohydrates: 30g 10%

Dietary Fiber: 1g 4%

Sugar: 0g

Protein: 4g

Calories per serving (with vegan butter): 326

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 20g 31%

Saturated Fat: 16g 80%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 56mg 2%

Total Carbohydrates: 31g 10%

Dietary Fiber: 1g 4%

Sugar: 0g

Protein: 4g

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

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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