Whisk flour, sugar, and salt together in a medium bowl. Cut butter into cubes no smaller than 1/2 inch. and toss with flour mixture to break up the pieces.
With your finger tips, smash each cube flat - that's it! No rubbing or cutting.
Stir in water then knead dough against the sides of the bowl until it comes together in a shaggy ball.
Dough temperature should register between 65 and 70 degrees F (18 and 21 degrees C), if not, refridgerate briefly before rolling or folding.
Make the Layers:
On a generously floured work surface, roll dough into a roughly 10- by 15- inch rectangle.
For the 10- inch sides to the center, then close the newly formed packet like a book.
Fold in half once more, bringing the short sides together to create a thick block.
Divide in half with a sharp knife or bench scraper. Dough temperature should still be somewhere between 65 and 70 degrees F (18 and 21 degrees C), if not, refrigerate briefly before proceeding with rolling out the dough.
Here's Stella Park's full recipe (including baking tips) and a video of her making the pastry. Thank-you, Stella! It takes a village to raise good cooks and healthy eaters!
Old-Fashioned Flaky Pie Dough Recipe (Serious Eats - Stella Parks)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 147Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Total Carbohydrates 10g3%
Dietary Fiber 0.4g2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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