Walnut Pastry Dough


This delicious, versatile crust can also be made with hazelnuts, almonds or pecans.

Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
Enough dough for a double-crust pie (8 servings)


  • ½ cup walnuts

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces

  • 3 tablespoons walnut oil

  • 6-7 tablespoons cold water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Spread walnuts in a pie pan and bake for 5 to 7 minutes, or until fragrant. Let cool.

  3. Combine the walnuts, flour, sugar and salt in a food processor; process until the walnuts are finely chopped. Add butter and process until incorporated. Transfer to a large bowl.

  4. Drizzle oil over the flour mixture. Use your fingertips to rub the oil into the mixture. One tablespoon at a time, add water and mix with a fork until dough is crumbly and holds together when pressed.

  5. Divide dough into 2 pieces, 1 slightly larger than the other, and form each into a disk.


Make Ahead Tip: The dough will keep, tightly wrapped in plastic wrap, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Return dough to room temperature before rolling.

Wide sheets of parchment paper make rolling out dough even easier. They are available in rolls or stacks at kitchenware shops or by mail order from The Baker's Catalogue, (800) 827-6836, www.bakerscatalogue.com.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

235 Calories
13g Fat
26g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 235
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 4g 8%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Vitamin A 90IU 2%
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Folate 7mcg 2%
Sodium 292mg 13%
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 2mg 8%
Magnesium 18mg 4%
Potassium 64mg 1%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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