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Pate Brisee is simply an all butter, super flaky pie crust.  You can use this for both sweet and savory recipes (just use less sugar if using it for something like chicken pot pie). Even though the French term sounds fancy, make the crust is actually very easy.

There are two important components to a light, flaky crust (or biscuit or anything else “flaky”) — super cold butter and very little processing.  If you want flaky, your butter must be COLD.  When the little bits of cold butter hit the hot oven, they melt thus creating small air pockets which results in flaky layers.  While it  may be more work to cut butter in (unless you use a food processor), it is worth effort in the long run. Overworking the dough results in the butter warming up (from the heat of your hands) or just getting too small to create effective air pockets.

Pate Brisee


  • 1 stick butter, cut in to Tablespoons and then cut those in half
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar (1/2 teaspoon for savory recipe)
  • 4-6 Tablespoons of cold water


  1. Place cut up butter in the freezer for at least 15 minutes, but preferably for an hour.
  2. In a food processor, pulse together flour, sugar and salt. Add butter and pulse until mixture is coarse with pea sized pieces. Add water, 1 Tablespoon at a time. The mixture will be very crumbly, but only mix until you can press the pieces together and they stick.
  3. Remove dough on to a clean, lightly floured surface. Gently press the dough into a disc. Wrap disc in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  4. When ready to use the dough, remove from fridge and allow to sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes. Roll dough out to 1/8" thickness and about 12" in diameter.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 1403kcal Calories from fat 839
% Daily Value
Total Fat 93g 143%
Saturated Fat 58g 290%
Transfat 4g
Cholesterol 243mg 81%
Sodium 815mg 34%
Carbohydrate 126g 42%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 7g
Protein 17g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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