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Sugar Dough
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Before adding the yolks the texture should resemble fine meal.
When the dough forms a ball, take it out of the machine.
Press dough into a circle.

Sugar Dough

Makes about 1-1/2 pounds or two 9-inch tart shells

Always make the pastry dough hours before using it, preferably the day before. You will find the dough much easier to work with. Quantities can be increased as desired, and then divided into portions for freezing. Just remember to wrap carefully and seal well before freezing.

  • 2-1/3 cups cake or pastry flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled, cut into small pieces
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  1. In a food processor fitted with the steel blade, combine the flour and sugar. Add the butter and process until the texture resembles fine meal.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the yolks and 1 tablespoon of the cream. Scrape into the machine and process until a ball begins to form, using the additional tablespoon of cream, if necessary. Remove the dough from the machine, and on a lightly floured surface, press down into a circle. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Use as needed for Spago's Individual Apple Pies, Pecan Pie, or your own recipes.
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