All Butter Pie Crust for Pies and Tarts (Pâte Brisée)

The butteriest, flakiest pie crust recipe out there! This all-butter pie crust (aka pâte brisée) can be used for sweet and savory pies and is easy to make.

All-butter pie crust (Pate Brisee)
Elise Bauer

Pâte brisée (pronounced paht bree-ZAY) is a standard all-butter pastry dough used for making pies and tarts.

All butter pie crust in a pie pan
Elise Bauer

Make These Pies With This Pie Crust!

All Butter Pie Crust for Pies and Tarts (Pâte Brisée)

Prep Time 25 mins
Chill Time 60 mins
Total Time 85 mins
Servings 8 servings
Yield 1 crust

This recipe makes 1 pâte brisée crust, enough for one tart or one bottom crust. If you are making a pie with a bottom and top crust, double this recipe and form two discs of dough instead of one.

I go back and forth on whether to use 8 tablespoons or 10 tablespoons of butter. If you are blind baking the crust (for example for a quiche), I recommend using 8 tablespoons of butter. The higher flour to fat ratio will help the crust keep its form when you pre-bake it.

If you are not pre-baking the crust I recommend using 10 tablespoons of butter, the higher fat to flour ratio will give you a flakier crust, and it will be easier to roll out.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups (160g) all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar (increase to 1 1/2 teaspoons if for a sweet recipe)

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick, 112g) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 3 to 4 tablespoons ice water, very cold

Special Equipment

  • Food processor

Method

  1. Combine the flour, salt, and sugar:

    Place the flour, salt, and sugar into a food processor and pulse until well combined.

    pulse flour, salt, sugar to start the all butter pie crust dough
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  2. Add the butter, half at a time:

    Add half of the butter cubes and pulse 8 times. Then add the other half of the butter cubes and pulse 6 more times.

    You should have a mixture that resembles a coarse meal, with many butter pieces the size of peas.

    pulse butter with flour mixture to make pie dough
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    pulse until you have a coarse meal
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  3. Slowly add ice water:

    Add two tablespoons of ice cold water (without the ice!) to the food processor bowl and pulse several times.

    add ice water to the mixture
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    Then add more ice water, slowly, a teaspoon at a time, pulsing several times after each addition, until the mixture just barely begins to clump together.

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    If you pinch some of the crumbly dough and it holds together, it's ready, if not, add a little more water and pulse again.

    press pie dough to see if it holds together
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    Try to keep the water to a minimum. Too much water will make your crust tough.

  4. (Optional) Press the dough a few times to flatten some of the butter for a more flaky crust:

    Remove the crumbly mixture from the food processor and place on a very clean, smooth surface.

    If you want an extra flaky crust, you can press the heel of your palm into the crumbly mixture, pressing down and shmooshing the mixture into the table top. This is a French technique, called "fraisage". Do this a few times, maybe 4 to 6 times, and it will help your crust be extra flaky.

    press pie dough with heal of your hand to smoosh some of the butter
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  5. Form dough into a disk, wrap, and chill:

    Then, use your hands to press the crumbly dough together and shape into a disk. Work the dough only enough to just bring the dough together. Do not over-knead or your crust will end up tough.

    form dough into a disk
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    You should be able to see little bits of butter, speckling the dough. When these bits of butter melt as the crust cooks, the butter will help separate the dough into flaky layers. So, visible pieces of butter are a good thing, what you are aiming for, in the dough.

    Sprinkle the disc with a little flour on all sides. Wrap the disc in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

    Simple Tip!

    At this point you can freeze the dough disk for a month until ready to use. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator before proceeding.

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  6. Remove from refrigerator and let sit for a few minutes:

    When you are ready to roll out the dough, remove the disk from the refrigerator and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes to take enough of a chill off of it so that it becomes easier to roll out.

    While the dough disk is still wrapped in plastic, warm the edges with your hands. If there are any cracks in the dough, massage them to close them.

  7. Roll out the dough:

    Place the dough disk on a lightly floured, clean flat surface. Sprinkle some flour on top of the disk.

    If the dough is a bit stiff, use your rolling pin to press down on the center a few times. No need to be gentle at this point. You're trying to shock the chilled butter in the dough to loosen up a bit.

    Roll out the dough to a 12-inch circle, to a thickness of about 1/8-inch thick.

    roll out pie crust
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    As you roll out the dough, check if the dough is sticking to the surface below. Add a few sprinkles of flour if necessary to keep the dough from sticking.

  8. Line a pie or tart pan:

    Carefully fold the dough in half, then transfer it to a 9-inch pie plate or tart pan, lining up the fold with the center of the pan. Gently unfold and press down to line the pie dish with the dough.

    With a pair of kitchen scissors or a knife, trim the overhanging dough to about 1/2 inch. Fold the overhang under along the edge of the pie dish. Crimp the edge of the pie crust, using your fingers in a pinching motion, or the tines of a fork. Freeze until ready to bake.

    To cook the pie crust, follow the directions for the pie you are making. If you would like to pre-bake the crust, see our directions on how to blind-bake a pie crust.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
176 Calories
12g Fat
16g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 176
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 134mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 25mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.