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Death by Pecan Pastry

Prep time 16 mins
Other time 30 mins
Yield Makes 1 (9-inch) pastry shell
  

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup ground pecans
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon brandy (optional)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons cold water

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly.

  2. Combine vinegar, egg yolk, and, if desired, brandy; sprinkle over dry ingredients. Stir with a fork. Add cold water, and stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. Shape dough into a ball; cover and chill 30 minutes.

  3. Roll pastry to 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Place in a 9-inch pieplate coated with cooking spray; trim off excess pastry along edges. Fold edges under, and crimp.

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