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Pate Brisee


This simple recipe is an ideal base for many pies and tarts, sweet or savory.

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  • Yield: Makes 1 large disk or 2 small disks

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2011


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Salt
  • 2 sticks plus 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water


  1. Pulse flour, sugar, and 1 teaspoon salt in a food processor until combined. Add butter, and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal, about 10 seconds. Drizzle 1/4 cup ice water evenly over mixture. Pulse until mixture holds together when pressed between 2 fingers (dough should not be wet or sticky). If dough is too dry, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and pulse.
  2. Shape dough into 1 large disk or 2 small disks, and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour.

Cook's Notes

To make the pastry leaves, roll out dough (scraps can be used) to a 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface, and cut out leaves using floured cookie cutters. Bake on a parchment-lined baking sheet at 350 degrees, rotating sheet halfway through, until pale gold, about 12 minutes.

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  • ariellcrittende
    4 JAN, 2017
    My favorite crust. I use it for desert pies and pot pies. I do not understand why the directions to roll out, place in pie pan, add parchment paper and pie weights or beans, and bake then remove weights, then bake some more, then cover the edges then bake some more. I always have to search for that in another recipe (coconut cream pie I think). It should be with this. I have made just the crust up and a day or so later added a filling.
  • cweiner17561
    6 DEC, 2016
    This is my go to recipe, but I do not get the exact results. Can you please provide the flour weight in grams? I've seen 1 Cup of AP flour range from 120g to 142g per cup. Also is there more stability with bread flour vs AP? Last question is, for pies vs tarts the pies use more flour but are the recipes for the Pate Brise interchangeable?
  • amalijadiggmai
    15 OCT, 2016
    Easily make this recipe vegan by using Earth Balance buttery sticks. :)