This pie crust has been passed on for 3 generations. If you're looking for great tasting pastry, this is the recipe for you. While the debate between shortening and lard continues, I recommend using lard as it makes a flakier dough. Since this recipe makes so much I often roll out some extra pie shells or freeze it in small amounts, and defrost it when I need it. Great when you're in a rush! If necessary, use up to a 1/2 cup more water.

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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Beat the egg in a measuring cup. Add the vinegar and enough cold water to make one cup of liquid.

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  • In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and brown sugar. Cut the lard up into small cubes, and add to the dry ingredients. Blend with two knives, or a pastry blender, until the mixture is crumbly. Add the liquid ingredients, mixing with a knife. Do not use your hands as it tends to soften the lard too much. Add additional water, if required, to make a soft ball of dough. If the weather is warm, refrigerate your dough for 1/2 hour to chill it before rolling. Warm dough doesn't roll as well, and requires too much flour, which makes it less flaky.

Nutrition Facts

131 calories; 1.3 g protein; 9.4 g carbohydrates; 12.9 mg cholesterol; 60.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2004
I have always made pies. They're my specialty you might say! Up until this past thanksgiving I always used the pastry recipe that has been in our family cookbook for generations. However last year I moved 2000 miles away and left my cookbook at my mothers. When thanksgiving rolled around the night I was to make the pies I couldn't get a hold of my mom to email the recipe to me. So I found this one online which is a very similar but uses lard instead of crisco. I'll never tell Aunt Phyliss but this one is SO MUCH BETTER! WAY flakier a little easier to work with I found and still tasted great. I totally recommend this recipe to anyone looking for a pie crust recipe that will WOW everyone! Take it from an experienced pie maker! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/08/2005
I followed the recipe to a "T" and it turned out very runny. I have made dozens of pastrys in my time and this is by far the worst recipe i have come across. Read More
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41 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 33
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2004
I have always made pies. They're my specialty you might say! Up until this past thanksgiving I always used the pastry recipe that has been in our family cookbook for generations. However last year I moved 2000 miles away and left my cookbook at my mothers. When thanksgiving rolled around the night I was to make the pies I couldn't get a hold of my mom to email the recipe to me. So I found this one online which is a very similar but uses lard instead of crisco. I'll never tell Aunt Phyliss but this one is SO MUCH BETTER! WAY flakier a little easier to work with I found and still tasted great. I totally recommend this recipe to anyone looking for a pie crust recipe that will WOW everyone! Take it from an experienced pie maker! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2003
This is the best pastry crust I've ever tried and I've tried MANY (the next closest would be the cream cheese pastry from "New Joy of Cooking"). It handles beautifully and is indeed flaky -I baked a piece alone with a bit of sugar on top just to see and taste and it had quite a few layers and a lovely flavor. The egg and baking soda make it puff (just a little) nicely. The only difference is that I didn't need the whole cup of liquid as I live in the Pacific Northwest and my flour must be kind of "wet" as I needed only 7 ounces of liquid to get the right consistency. A beautiful crust indeed. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2006
I have made many pie crusts over the years and this is by far the best tasting and the easiest to work with. I made it in the food processor and took just minutes to make. I used enough to make a 2 crust pie and froze the rest. I took enough out to make another 2 crust pie and let it thaw at room temperature and it was just as good as the first one. Thank you so much for this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2003
It was very easy to make. The first time I made it I followed the directions exactly and I agree that not all the liquid was needed. Otherwise it was an excellent recipe thanks so much for sharing!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2005
I have been using this crust for over a year since finding it on this site. Everyone who has tasted it has said what a wonderfully tasty and flaky crust it is. I do not always need to use the full liquid portion. I suggest that one adds it gradually and goes by feel. This crust freezes so well and that makes it a great time saver. Thanks Michelle for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2011
I originally submitted this over 8-9 years ago. Over the years I have made some changes. I now leave my lard in the fridge and cut it into small cubes. I also now use my standing mixer to make the pastry (with the flat beater) slowly adding the butter to the dry ingredients. Finally I gradually add the wet ingredients. Like many reviewers have mentioned the full cup of liquid is not always necessary. Add it gradually until a ball forms. It usually takes me 5 minutes. To all of you who've commented on it being "gooey". I would recommend you re-try the recipe adding the liquid a bit at a time while stirring. You can even use a food processor (according to a friend of mine). I hope you enjoy it. Michelle Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
For those who feel that there is too much liquid just beat your egg and add water to bring it up to the one cup mark. This is perfect every time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2003
Thank you so much for this pastry recipe. This is the first one that has actually turn out for me! Its easy to make and very flaky. I don't require all the liquid I use about 6 or 7 ozs. When I make it I always bake up a brown sugar and butter packet for me while my pies are baking. Also this recipe freezes very well. Thanks again Cheyanne Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2004
The best pie crust I've ever tried!! Everyone raved about it. I have so far made 2 quiches with this crust and everyone wanted the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/08/2005
I followed the recipe to a "T" and it turned out very runny. I have made dozens of pastrys in my time and this is by far the worst recipe i have come across. Read More
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