Cooks Illustrated, Desserts 

Flaky pastry topping

1c flour
¼ tsp salt
1tbs sugar
6tbs chilled butter, cut into sm. Pieces
2tbs chilled all-vegetable-shortening
2tbs ice water
1tbs milk


  1. Mix flour, salt, sugar in food processor
  2. Add butter, with pulses. Add shortening.
  3. Add 2tbs water, must be dough. If it is not add 1tbs water.


  1. Place dough on a sheet of plastic wrap and press to make a round/square shape.
  2. Refrigerate, until you prepare fruit.

Apples (sliced)=  1 ½ lb  +  2tsp  cornstarch  +   ½ cup sugar  +  cinnamon, vanilla, grounds walnuts.


  1. Place dough on top of fruit.
  2. Brush dough with milk, and sprinkle with sugar. Cut few shape, for vent.

    1. Bake (375F) for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, scoring the crust long and cross wide to form 2’ sq.
    2.  Using a large spatula, press the partially baked crust, down into fruit. Continue to bake until crust is golden,15-20 minutes more.

    Serve warm with vanilla ice cream!

    Bonne apetit!


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