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Let's face it: it's tough to make a great pie pastry without butter. However, it is possible to make a very fine pastry with a little less butter. The trick is first lubricating the flour with a little oil before adding the butter. By doing this, you can make a delicious, easy-to-roll pastry with 5 tablespoons butter instead of the more typical 8 tablespoons. This pastry works great for any fruit pie and for quiches as well. With the latter, you'll want to eliminate the sugar.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, Fall 2002


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1 hr


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  • Place flour, sugar and salt in a food processor; pulse to mix. With the machine running, add oil in a thin stream; stop the machine when all the oil has been added. Scatter butter over the dry ingredients. Pulse 6 or 7 times, breaking the butter into small bits. Sprinkle 4 tablespoons water over the mixture. Pulse again until the pastry starts to resemble damp, clumpy sand; don't over-process. Press some of the pastry between your fingers: it should hold together easily. If it doesn't, add a little more water.

  • Transfer the dough to your work surface and gather it together in a ball. Knead twice to distribute the butter. Place the dough on a large sheet of plastic wrap and flatten into a 34-inch-thick disk; pinch the edge together if it cracks. Wrap in the plastic and refrigerate for 45 to 60 minutes before rolling.

Nutrition Facts

127 calories; protein 1.7g; carbohydrates 13.8g; dietary fiber 0.4g; sugars 1.9g; fat 7.3g; saturated fat 3.2g; cholesterol 12.7mg; vitamin a iu 147.9IU; folate 0.2mcg; calcium 4mg; iron 0.7mg; magnesium 3.7mg; potassium 18.6mg; sodium 49.6mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

1 starch, 1 1/2 fat