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  1. 2 1/2 cups 156g / 5 1/2oz All-purpose flour

  2. 1 teaspoon 5ml Salt

  3. 1 teaspoon 5ml Granulated sugar -

  4. 1 cup 198g / 7oz Cold unsalted butter - (2 sticks) - cut in small pieces

  5. 1/4 cup 59ml Ice water - (to 1/2 cup)

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  1. Recipe Instructions Put the flour, salt, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor. All ingredients should be cold. Add the pieces of butter and process for approximately 10 seconds, or just until the mixture resembles coarse meal. (To mix by hand, combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Using a pastry blender or two table knives, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal.) Add ice water, drop by drop, through the feed tube with the machine running, just until the dough holds together without being wet or sticky; do not process more than 30 seconds. Test the dough at this point by squeezing a small amount together. If it is crumbly, add a bit more water. Turn the dough out onto large pieces of plastic wrap. Grasp the ends of the plastic wrap with your hands, press the dough into a flat circle with your fists. This makes rolling easier than if the pastry is chilled as a ball. Wrap the dough in the plastic and chill for at least an hour. Lightly butter or spray with vegetable cooking spray the pie plate(s) or tart pan(s) you will be using. On a lightly floured board, roll out the pastry to a thickness of 1/8-inch. Place the pastry in the tart pan, pie plate, or pastry ring, which has been set on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and press it into the bottom edges and along the sides. Trim the pastry using scissors or a sharp paring knife or by rolling a rolling pin across the top of the pan. (Cut the pastry an inch or so higher that the edge of the tart pan and tuck this overhang to the inside of the pan for extra height and reinforcement.) Crimp the edges of the pastry. Chill the pastry-lined pan until ready to use. Unbaked pastry shells can be refrigerated, well wrapped in plastic, for up to 1 day; for longer storage they can be frozen. This recipe makes two 8- to 11-inch tarts or single-crust pies, one 8- to 11-inch double-crust pie, or twelve 2 1/2- to 3-inch tarts.


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