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Lined unbaked pie crust in a round pan on a white marbled surface.

Italian Pasta Frolla (pie crust for crostata and galette)

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This is an Italian Sweet Pie Crust known as pasta frolla. Perfect for making crostatas and galettes. It is a simple and rich dough used in many traditional recipes. It can be made-ahead as it freezes wonderfully!

  • Total Time: 20
  • Yield: 1 9-inch pie


For the dough:

  • 2 1/4 cups (300g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (100g) sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup (220g) unsalted butter, cold and in pieces
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk


For the dough:

  1. In a food processor pulse a few times to mix flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
  2. Scatter butter pieces on top and mix until you have butter the size of peas.
  3. Add egg and yolk and process using on/off until it starts to come together. Don’t let it form a ball. It should come together when you pinch it with your fingers.
  4. Turn it onto the counter and press it together to form a flat disk. I put it inside a plastic bag and aid myself with the bag while pressing my knuckles until it comes together. That way I don’t touch the dough unnecessarily.
  5. Refrigerate for 1 hour and up to 2 days.


Butter, have it cold and in pieces. This is very important so it mixes a bit with the flour but is not completely incorporated into it. Some pieces of butter the size of peas should remain in order to ensure flakiness when it is baked. I use a food processor for this part, but you can easily make it in a bowl with a dough cutter or use your hands.

Don't overwork the dough after adding the flour. This is a critical step if you want a tender, light dough. Once the flour is added, don't overwork it, it doesn't need to be kneaded. It needs to be mixed until there are no visible streaks of flour. Be careful not to overwork the butter and start to soften it too much (due to warm hands). If that happens, return it to the fridge for 10-15 minutes, and then continue.

Always let it rest in the fridge before rolling it. This step is absolutely essential. The dough, even if you didn't work it much when assembling it, will have developed some gluten (great for bread for example but not for doughs), so it needs to relax in the cold refrigerator before it is rolled. Otherwise, it will be difficult to stretch and will be too elastic, which will make it shrink as it bakes and be tough.

Refrigerating: after you make the dough ball, wrap it well and keep it in the fridge for up to a week. Make sure no part of the dough is left unwrapped as it will dry out. I wrap it in double plastic or in a freezer paper and then in a Ziploc bag.

Freezing: follow the same wrapping procedure as for the refrigerator. Make sure you label and date it. It can be frozen for about two months.

  • Author: Paula Montenegro
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Refrigeration time: 60 minutes
  • Category: Pies, Basic Recipes
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: Italian