Pâte brisée

This recipe makes a flaky, tender savory pie crust that works well with every kind of quiche or savory tart.

1/4 lb. (110 g) unsalted butter
1 egg yolk
1 cup (130 g) plus 2 tbsp. flour
pinch of salt

The ingredients should be at room temperature when you begin.

In a large bowl, cut the butter into small pieces. Using two knives, cut in the egg yolk, then the flour and salt. This is easily done. Simply hold the knives parallel to each other and cut in opposite directions.

When the butter is well coated with flour, go in with your hands for the final blending. Mix until the dough is no longer sticky and holds together in a ball. You may need to add a bit more flour.

Form a smooth ball and let the dough rest for a minute or two. Then pat the dough into your pie pan, taking care to ensure there are no cracks. Place in the fridge to cool for at least 10 minutes.

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2 Responses to Pâte brisée

  1. NATHAN T CARTER says:

    This pate brisee is so amazing! No more dealing with chilled butter and worrying about it melting in my hands!

    • Meg says:

      Yes, this recipe is an absolute classic. I started making French pastry this way at the Café Dewitt in Ithaca, NY, back in around 1976 and have made it hundreds of times since then — either in this savory version or, for fruit tarts, in the sweet version (pâte sablée). Once you get the hang of it, you won’t look back.

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