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Buttery and flaky, these hors d'oeuvres are like little tarts, only simpler to make. Follow our topping suggestions, or try your own: sautéed mushrooms and stilton cheese, caramelized onions and anchovies, gruyère and chopped toasted walnuts ... let your imagination be your guide.

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Credit: Annabelle Breakey; Karen Shinto

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total:
2 hrs 15 mins
Yield:
Makes 25 servings
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Cut butter into 1/2-in. cubes and freeze in a single layer until very cold, 10 to 20 minutes. In a food processor, whirl flour and salt until blended. Add butter and pulse on and off just until bits of butter are about the size of peas. In a small bowl, lightly beat egg and yolk with 3 tbsp. ice water. Add egg mixture, about half at a time, and pulse just until evenly moistened and holding together (you may need to add 1 more tbsp. ice water as you're pulsing).

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  • Flatten the dough into 2 rough squares, each about 6 in. wide. Wrap squares in wax paper. Chill until cold, at least 1 hour and up to 3 days.

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Remove dough from refrigerator and let stand 5 minutes. Unwrap and, on a lightly floured surface, roll dough halves into 1/8-in.-thick squares, 10 to 11 in. each.

  • Transfer each square to a rimmed baking sheet and prick all over with a fork. Bake until medium brown, 25 to 35 minutes. Cool on pan, about 30 minutes. Spread with crème fraîche, dividing evenly, and top with smoked salmon and capers. Cut into 2-in. squares.

  • Note: Nutritional analysis is per 2-piece serving.

Chef's Notes

This dough is the ultimate kitchen workhorse: It's fast to make and will keep in the freezer for up to a week (let it thaw 1/2 hour before rolling out, or until it's pliable) or in the refrigerator for 3 days. You can also bake the dough a day ahead and top it just before serving. This recipe can easily be doubled, but if you want to triple or quadruple it, make 2 separate batches of dough.

Nutrition Facts

133 calories; calories from fat 58%; protein 3.1g; fat 8.6g; saturated fat 5.1g; carbohydrates 10g; fiber 0.3g; sodium 200mg; cholesterol 39mg.
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