All About Pie Crusts

Mixing Pastry With a Food Processor

If you have a food processor, you can try using it to mix pastry dough. It’s easy and reliable and makes a high-quality crust. To mix pastry dough:

  • Place the dry ingredients in the food processor and process for 20 seconds.
  • Mix all liquid ingredients together. You can place the mixture in the refrigerator or add an ice cube to chill it thoroughly.
  • Cut the margarine or butter into small pieces and distribute it evenly over the top of the dry ingredients. Or drop spoonfuls of shortening evenly over the dry ingredients. Process for 15 to 20 seconds or until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs.
  • Take the liquid mixture out of the refrigerator or remove the ice cube. Add the liquid in a slow, steady stream to the flour-shortening mixture as the food processor is running. Process until the liquid is just distributed throughout the dough and the dough holds together. Pinch a marble-sized piece of dough between your thumb and index finger. If it doesn’t hold together, add more liquid.

If your pastry didn’t turn out perfectly, look for one of the following problems (and its solution) in the Troubleshooting Pastry section.