Basic Pate Brisee

1 3/4 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into bits
1 to 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 to 3 tablespoons ice water, or as needed


Combine the flour, salt, and butter in a bowl. Rub the butter into the flour using your fingertips, a pastry cutter, or 2 knives.

When the mixture looks like course grains, sprinkle in the lemon juice and just enough water to form a soft ball of dough. You do not want the dough to be sticky.

Wrap in a plastic bag and refrigerate it for 1 to 2 hours, or up to 2 days. If you need to store it longer, freeze it.
From Megnut, citing The Vegetarian Bistro.