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Pastry Mixed by Hand?

Posted by Avital Pinnick on November 10, 2009

Is this for real? No knives, no pastry blender, no careful tossing of crumbs with drops of water? I have to check this out. I am the world’s worst pastry maker. Unless I use a food processor, my pie crusts could be mistaken for disposable aluminum pie plates. But, hey, I own a dough scraper and I even have a cold counter. The results couldn’t be worse than my normal pie crust, right?

The Kichn Blog has a few comments on fine-tuning this technique and mentions that Ruhrman’s book, Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking, uses the proportions 3-2-1 (flour – fat – water) for pastry. I’m going to engrave that information somewhere handy, like my tiled backsplash. I really prefer using weights to volume measurement for cooking.

Update: Here’s the recipe.


One Response to “Pastry Mixed by Hand?”

  1. […] on Pastry Mixed by Hand Last week I posted a video of pastry mixed by hand, with a dough knife. I tried that method on Friday (as my […]

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