Whole Wheat Pastry Dough

Whole Wheat Pastry Dough

  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook Time:
  • Total: 15 min
  • Serving: 1
This is a great dough you can make ahead of time and freeze.


  • 4 tablespoons butter, chilled, cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable shortening, chilled, cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 ¼ cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons ice water


  1. Blend flour, salt, and baking powder in a food processor.
  2. Add butter and vegetable shortening, pulsing machine until mixture resembles coarse meal.
  3. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons ice water and pulse machine until moist clumps form and dough just comes together.
  4. Add additional water by teaspoonful if dough is dry.
  5. Dump dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead into a ball.
  6. Do not overwork, it will toughen the crust.
  7. Wrap with plastic wrap, flattening dough into a 1 inch disk with the heel of your hands.
  8. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour to chill.
  9. Dough can be refrigerated for up to two days or frozen for up to a month.
  10. Let refrigerated dough soften slightly at room temperature before rolling out.
  11. Frozen dough can be thawed within a few hours in the refrigerator.

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