Traditional Pate Brisee

Traditional Pate Brisee

Pate Brisée is the French version of classic pie or tart pastry. It typically has a pinch of sugar in the mix, making it different than my usual pie pastry.

Traditional Pate Brisee 

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Traditional Pate Brisee


  • 300 gram all-purpose flour (about 2 ½ cups) plus more for rolling
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 cup sticks chilled unsalted butter (cut into small pieces)
  • ¼‑½ cup icecold water


In the bowl of a food processor, combine flour, salt, and sugar. Add butter, and process until the mixture resembles coarse meal, 8 to 10 seconds.

With machine running, add ice water in a slow, steady stream through feed tube. Pulse until dough holds together in jagged clumps without being wet or sticky; be careful not to process more than 30 seconds. To test, squeeze a small amount together: If it is crumbly, add more ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time.

Divide dough into two equal balls. Flatten each ball into a disc and wrap in plastic. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill at least 1 hour. Dough may be stored, frozen, up to 1 month.