Flaky and Tender Pie Crust

Flaky & Tender Pie Crust Recipe

If you don’t have pastry flour, to achieve the same tenderness in your pie crust use a blend of bleached all-purpose flour and cake flour. For every cup of pastry flour required, I use 2/3 cup all-purpose flour and 1/3 cup cake flour.–Rose Levy Beranbaum

Thank You Note

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Flaky & Tender Pie Crust Recipe

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  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • Makes enough for 1 pie


  • 1 1/3 cups plus 4 teaspoons (6.5 ounces or 184 grams) pastry flour (or substitute bleached all-purpose flour), plus more for the work surface
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder, preferably Rumford or another brand that doesn’t contain aluminum, which has a bitter taste
  • One 3-ounce package (85 grams) cream cheese, chilled and cut into 4 portions
  • 8 tablespoons (4 ounces/113 grams) unsalted butter, frozen and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar


  • 1. In a food processor, combine the flour, salt, and baking powder and process until blended. Add the cream cheese and process until coarse pieces of dough form.
  • 2. Add the butter and pulse just until the crumbs of dough are the size of peanuts.
  • 3. Add the cream and vinegar and pulse until the chunks of butter are the size of peas.
  • 4. Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Place each hand in a latex glove or a large resealable plastic bag and press the dough until it holds together in a smooth, flat disk. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 45 minutes prior to rolling out according to your recipe.
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