Foolproof Classic Pastry

Author: Canadian Living

This is Canadian Living's favourite foolproof pastry.

  • Portion size 23 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: January 2005


  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cold butter cubed
  • 1/4 cup cold lard cubed
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • Ice water


In large bowl, whisk flour with salt. Using pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter and lard until mixture resembles fine crumbs with a few larger pieces. In liquid measure, beat egg yolk with vinegar; mix in enough ice water to make 1/3 cup (75 mL). Drizzle over dry ingredients, stirring briskly with fork until dough clumps together.

Press into disc. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days. Or wrap in heavy-duty foil or enclose in resealable freezer bag and freeze for up to 2 weeks. Let cold or thawed dough stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before rolling.)

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Foolproof Classic Pastry