I don’t have a food processor or pastry blender. Could I just use a regular hand beater or my hands?

  • Posted by: Alyssa
  • October 14, 2018
Autumn Apple and Pumpkin Galette
Recipe question for: Autumn Apple and Pumpkin Galette


Pegeen October 14, 2018
Absolutely, no machines required. I often use two knives. The key thing is to get the pea-sized bits and to add very icy-cold water in very small amounts, say a teaspoon at a time, until the dough holds together. The recipe doesn't specify it, but it usually helps a lot to then wrap your dough plastic wrap and let it rest in the fridge for 30 minutes minimum to a few hours, before rolling it out. Bon appetit!
Alyssa October 14, 2018
Sounds good, thank you!
702551 October 14, 2018
Yes, hands work fine. Very old school.

I gave up baking a long time ago so I don't really have any baking equipment like a pastry blender. I just use my hands when I need to make pie dough.

Best to cut the butter into small pieces then stick them back into the fridge to get them hard again.

Work quickly so the butter doesn't melt and do not overwork the dough.

Best of luck.
Alyssa October 14, 2018
Excellent, thanks!
Nancy October 14, 2018
I learned using two forks.
Here's a quick recap of alternative methods.
Alyssa October 14, 2018
thank you!
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