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How to Make Pie Dough

Baking expert Abby Dodge demonstrates the simple French technique called fraisage to smear butter pieces into flour for a flaky pie crust

Sarah Breckenridge
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Roll up your sleeves: This technique looks easy because it is! Try it out by making Abby’s latest Classic Pumpkin Pie recipe or browse our collections for more seasonal and holiday pies.

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Videography by Gary Junken and Michael Dobsevage; editing by Gary Junken.The key to a flaky pie crust is to create streaks and layers—not lumps—of butter from the pea-sized pieces that are in the dough. The French have a term for this: fraisage. The technique is simple. All you have to do is smear those butter pieces into the flour using the heel of your hand.


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