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French Butter Pie Pastry from Pies, Glorious Pies

This recipe comes from a book titled Pies, Glorious Pies. The book has several lovely pastry recipes, all shown with a sequence of photos to guide you from flour to dough. Yes, pastry making is something that can trigger high anxiety. I can bake a cake or make a brownie. But dough making and that…

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Cream Cheese Pastry for Empanadas and More

I am a fan of empanadas. I remember my first one and I remember making them decades ago. I had, then, a lovely little paperback with a pastry recipe that was part cream cheese and part butter. I moved, lots of times, and the book was lost and I just stopped making empanadas. I wanted…

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Pâte Brisée from Michel Roux

For a tart, you need a tart shell and the question arises: what dough to use. For the Semi-Confit Cherry Tomato Tart I blogged two days ago, author Michel Roux of Pastry suggests this Pâte Brisée. This is a short pastry, so called because it does not contain any leavening agent that would make it…

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Shortcrust Pastry from Pie

Yesterday’s post called for a Rich Shortcrust Pasty. Here it is from Pie by Angela Boggiano. The “richness” here is achieved by using only butter for the fat and even 1 tablespoon more than in the “standard” shortcrust pasty in Pie. Angela says that this crust is fine for both sweet and savory dishes. For…

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