Pastry Dough, Food Processor Unverified!

I have a dough blender and its kind of sexy to create dough from scratch but the food processor does a nice job and its ever so much simpler to deal with.


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 8 Tbl unsalted butter, cut into 1/2" pieces and well chilled
  • 2 Tbl shortening, cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 2-4 Tbl ice water


Process flour, salt and baking powder for 10 seconds to integrate. Add unsalted butter and shortening and five 15-20 short pulses until mixture resembles coarse corn meal. Any balls of butter should be no larger than a pea. Sprinke half the ice water and pulse 5-6 times. Add enough ice water to create a dough that will hold together but not to be sticky. Do not allough dough to form a ball in the mixer.

Turn the dough out into a floured surface and roll into a ball. Flatten dough into a 6" disc and refrigerate for at least one hour before rolling out to 1/8" for use.

Dough will keep 3 days refrigerated or up to a month in the freezer.