“Pasta Frolla” or Kick Ass Italian pie dough
2 Cups Flour
1/3 Cup Sugar
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Ground Anise
1 stick Butter cut into 8-12 pieces
2 Large Eggs, beaten
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1)Blend flour,sugar, salt and anise until thoroughly mixed.
2)Cut in butter with your fingers or a pastry blender, unless you have the luxury of a food processor or a heavy duty mixer.
3)Gradually blend in eggs and then vanilla.
4)LIghtly knead into a smooth ball.
5)Chill or set aside 30 minutes. If chilled, let reach room temperature beforerolling out.
6) Roll out to a uniform consistency.
7)Line pie plate with dough and bake as directed for recipe.
Makes a very sweet, tender dough that stands up to very heavy fillings or can be used as an all purpose default recipe. Pretty much foolproof.