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Definition: 'Cut in' means working solid shortening into dry ingredients with two knives or a pastry blender until well mixed. When making pastry, solid shortening, lard, or butter is cut in to a flour mixture until the particles are the size of small peas. This creates a flaky texture by coating the flour proteins with shortening, interrupting the gluten formation.

Pronunciation: kutt in • (verb)

Also Known As: blend

Examples: Cut the butter into the flour and sugar mixture until the particles are the size of small peas.

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