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Perfect Pastry I


This is a very rich and versatile recipe that can be used for sweet and savory pies, quiches and empanadas. For best results and a flaky result, use frozen butter and a food processor, but being quick and using just cold butter works well with a pastry cutter.


  • 2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 sticks of butter (16 oz) frozen or very cold cut into small squares
  • 1/2 cup of ice cold water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tbsp of sugar
  • 1 egg plus 1 tablespoon of milk for varnishing the crust


In a food processor with the blade insert put the flour, butter, salt sugar and eggs, pulse until it looks like coarse meal (the butter will clump with the flour in little balls). Then add the water little by little as you pulse some more until the dough starts coming together.

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