Blitz Dough (enough for two double crusted pies)
This is my go-to dough whenever I want flaky flaky flaky. Feel free to cut the recipe in half, but I always make it in big batches so I can stash some in the freezer to pull out on a lazy day.
Even though there are a few steps, none of them are difficult.
16 ounces flour
1 tsp kosher salt
1 Tbsp sugar
16 ounces cold butter, cubed
10 ounces cold water (possibly more or less)
Extra flour for rolling
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and sugar. Add in the cubed butter and use your fingers to break up the stuck-together pieces. Smash the butter cubes between your fingers to create flaky bits of butter. You don’t need to make them small, or crazy thin, or mush them into the flour. All you have to do is make sure you’ve flattened all the butter cubes.
Now, add in the water a little at a time and use a fork (or your fingers) to gently stir, until a loose ball of dough forms. You may not need all of the water, or you may need a touch more. Just use enough until it comes together in a shaggy ball. Knead it very lightly, just once or twice until it all holds together, more or less.
This dough should be pretty shaggy, not smooth, and generally messy looking.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Roll it into a roughly rectangular shape, about an inch thick. Now fold it into thirds, the way you’d fold a business letter. Wrap this chunk of dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, take the dough out and roll it into another rectangle, but this time about a 1/2” thick. Fold it into thirds again, then fold that third in half. Pat it out with the pin or with your hands until it’s about 2” thick; refrigerate another 15 minutes.
Roll it out one more time, fold into thirds, wrap and refrigerate for another 15 minutes. Or as long as you like, even so long as two days.
If you’re ready to roll it out, dust the counter lightly with flour and set the block of dough out, dusting it with flour too. Roll in all directions, using good “follow through” so the dough does not become too thick around the edges. Check the dough very regularly to make sure it’s not sticking, lift and dust with flour underneath periodically.
Jan 22, 2012 · 9:17 AM
I like this one…something like a rough puff pastry! Must get some into the freezer soon!
· vindee · http://www.passionateaboutbaking.com
Jan 22, 2012 · 1:56 PM
@vindee, exactly! It gives a lot of that layered flakiness, but with a fraction of the work. Barely any more work than normal pie dough, but vastly better so far as I’m concerned. So handy to have in the freezer!!
Jul 18, 2012 · 9:49 AM
O, that sounds about right. Happy baking!
Aug 21, 2012 · 5:25 PM
Gosh, Ceca, I don’t know that I could say, since “regular” varies so much from place to place. Compared to a “flaky” pie crust, this is even flakier, but also more tender. Does that give you anything to go on?
Oct 16, 2012 · 7:55 PM
Hi Cmdr Banana! So happy this one suited you. It’s not a full fledged puff pastry of course, but it splits the difference between a flaky pie dough and a proper pastry so nicely that I love it better than both. Glad you enjoyed it too!
Feb 24, 2013 · 1:11 AM
Hi Ela! Absolutely, no need to roll it all out at once. It makes enough for two double layered pies, or 4 single pies. Let me know if you have any trouble along the way. Happy baking!
May 20, 2013 · 1:40 PM
Any suggestions for adding mashed sweet potato to this dough without changing the consistency?
· Rebel Shell · http://www.rebelskitchen.com
May 22, 2013 · 5:36 PM
HI Rebel Shell. Your best bet would be to dry and pulverize some slices of sweet potato, I think. That would get a more concentrated form of flavor into the dough, as much of a sweet potato’s bulk is just water. I haven’t tried such a thing, but that’s where I’d start.
May 27, 2013 · 9:38 PM
Hey Sarvi! Omg, I’m so happy to hear it turned out for you, congratulations! I know blitz dough is a bit fussy, so I’m glad it worked out. Yippee!
Jun 20, 2013 · 9:41 AM
Hi Sam! I imagine it turned out… differently, huh? Whole wheat flour absorbs a very different amount of water (usually more) and it can take more work to develop a nice elasticity in the dough, so I imagine the dough was pretty fussy for you. That being said, you definitely can make a nice pastry dough out of whole wheat flour, you just have to babysit it a little more. How’d it turn out?
Oct 06, 2013 · 11:27 AM
Hi Brittany! I just wrap a chunk in plastic wrap, then nestle it into a zip top freezer bag for double protection. It’ll keep about 6 months. Honestly, probably longer but I’ve never had the patience to test it further. The best way to thaw is to leave it in the fridge overnight. It’s a little trickier to do it at room temperature, because the outside layers can get super soft while the interior is still frozen…
Dec 07, 2016 · 11:13 PM
I have been searching for a pastry substitute for my gluten free family for a number of years. Do you think that this would work with a rice/amaranth mixture? I have found that amaranth makes a nice pie crust without being so “obviously gluten free”. What are your thoughts?
By the way—I appreciate all of your gluten free labeled recipes. I finally mastered macarons tonight after weeks of trying, for which your blog was the perfect starting point! On to pastry!