Buttery Empanada Dough

Good pastry dough is a cookʼs best friend. It is quite useful in savory cooking as well as in pastry baking.

Makes: 1Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 40 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Makes: 1


  • 1 lb. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 oz. cold butter


  • Combine flour and salt in a bowl. Make a well in the center and add the butter.
  • Working quickly with your fingertips or a pastry blender, cut the butter into the flour until it resembles oatmeal.
  • Add 1⁄3 cup iced water, a tablespoon at a time, kneading mixture lightly until it no longer sticks to your hands. Wrap the dough in plastic film, or put in a plastic bag, and refrigerate up to 20 minutes.