Buttermilk Dough for Fried Fruit Pies

This dough uses buttermilk, lard, and kosher salt to create a perfect pairing with fried fruit pies.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 10 mins
12 hand pies' worth of dough


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup lard

  • 3 tablespoons white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature


  1. Pulse flour, lard, sugar, and salt in a food processor until you have flour-covered pea-sized pieces, about 15 quick pulses. Add buttermilk all at once and process until the wet dough almost comes together.

  2. Generously flour work surface and scrape dough out onto it. Turn dough over to coat. Gather and fold dough over on itself a couple of times, then pat into a soft 4x6-inch block.

  3. Crisscross 2 long pieces of plastic wrap to form an X and lightly dust with flour. Place dough in the center and wrap tightly. Smooth wrapped surface with rolling pin; flip and repeat. Chill at least 4 hours or preferably overnight, or slip into a zip-top plastic freezer bag and freeze up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before using.

Cook's Note:

Substitute vegetable shortening for the lard, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

211 Calories
9g Fat
28g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 211
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 102mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 28mg 2%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 64mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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