Perfect pastry

1

PREP TIME

20 min

Makes

1

* PLUS Refrigeration Time: 45 minutes
Perfect pastry

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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter , cubed
  • 3 tbsp ice water
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice , about 1/2 lemon

Instructions

  • Choose one of these methods:
  • By hand – Stir together flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Using a pastry blender or your hands, cut in butter until coarse crumbs form. Using a fork, stir in ice water and lemon juice to create a soft dough that can easily be formed into a ball. Add more ice water, 1 tbsp at a time, if needed. Dough should not be sticky. Divide dough, forming into 2 discs. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold, at least 45 min or overnight.
  • In a food processor – Whirl flour, sugar and salt to mix. Add butter, then pulse until crumbs form. While motor is running, pour ice water and lemon juice through spout. Continue whirling just until dough comes together. Add more ice water, 1 tbsp at a time, if needed. Dough should not be sticky. Divide and refrigerate as above.
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