Okay, so I’m sure you are looking at the title and thinking, yes, this is the day that Naz, my LSAT partner in life, has gone insane. How in the world can those delicious round baked treats that make me smile so wide have anything to do with the LSAT, the current bane of my existence? Well I will tell you in two words: Patee brisee. Still confused? If you aren’t then I am thoroughly impressed with your baking prowess, and if not, don’t fret. If you are a pie lover, as you should be because pies are amazing and can make any Logical Reasoning section tolerable, then you know that a delicious crust is essential to an amazing pie. Now remember, I’m not saying the crust is sufficient for an amazing pie. See that Logical Reasoning I’ve thrown in there? The amazing crust is not sufficient, but it is quite necessary. If you don’t have an amazing crust, then you don’t have an amazing pie. Patee brisee is a French crust that has never failed me. It is flaky and buttery and the most amazing thing I have ever eaten on the bottom of a pie pan.

As you know, tis the season for some delicious pies: blueberry, strawberry, cherry, key lime! So, as I’ve been experimenting with different pies lately, I’ve been making a bunch of patee brisee. And then one day the thought hit me! Patee brisee is the perfect LSAT prep crust! Let me explain. Though patee brisee is really delicious, it is a little tedious and time consuming. You have to make the dough, then wait; then you have to roll out the dough, then wait; you have to make the filling, then wait; you have to bake the dough and wait; and finally you have to cool the pie and wait. Let’s count, that’s five steps…or might we say sections? Hmm, what else has five sections? The LSAT!

Okay so here’s what I’m thinking. Go buy all your ingredients for your pie. You can Google any pate brisee recipe, but my favorite is Martha Stewart’s recipe. Open up that recipe and follow along!

Make the dough, wrap it up and place it in your refrigerator. You have to chill it for at least half an hour. So go ahead and do your first section of either a practice LSAT, or of whatever section you’d like to practice. Once you’re done, review the section and then take the chilled dough out. Roll it out and place it in your pie pan. Then place it back in the fridge! It needs to chill for at least half an hour. So go ahead and do your second section and review! Once you’re done reviewing that section, make your pie filling. The pie filling needs to cool down for at least half an hour. So go ahead and preheat your oven and move on to your third section and review! Then when you’re done reviewing that section, pour the cooled filling into the chilled pan and then bake for the allotted time of that pie, usually 50-60 minutes. Go ahead and do your fourth section and review! Finally, take the pie out and let it cool for at least half an hour. So, you get to take your last section of your practice test or of whichever section you’re currently drilling, review, and then the best part…you get to celebrate with freshly baked pie!!!

If your mind isn’t blown, or if you haven’t run from the screen already to try this, then I judge you! Fresh baked pie after some serious LSAT prep?!? What better reward than fresh baked pie? I’ll go take that sucker again right now! Well maybe not.

Happy Studying and Pie Baking!

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