Rating: 4.6 stars
43 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 30
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1

I have tried several pie crust recipes, but they just did not turn out right. So I changed the quantities and added and took away some ingredients and made a delicious pie crust. This recipe has never failed me.

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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix the flour and the salt in a large bowl. Add the butter or margarine and lard; mix with hands until crumb like texture is achieved. Mix in the water. Pat into a ball, and wrap in wax paper. Refrigerate for at least two hours.

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Nutrition Facts

120 calories; protein 1.7g; carbohydrates 11.9g; fat 7.2g; cholesterol 13.2mg; sodium 172.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (34)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/05/2003
I found this recipe to be very good but it was a little crumbly and I had a hard time rolling it out.I live in a fairly dry climate so next time I'll try more water spoon by spoon.All in all it was the best pie crust I have made.Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/29/2010
Tastes good but VERY difficult to work with. It took me an hour to roll out 3 crusts. It was crumbly and stuck like crazy to my rolling pin. Then it split and fell apart when I transferred it into the pie plates. I make pie regularly but thought I'd like to try something new. I'll go back to my old standby Betty Crocker recipe. Read More
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43 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 30
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
12/05/2003
I found this recipe to be very good but it was a little crumbly and I had a hard time rolling it out.I live in a fairly dry climate so next time I'll try more water spoon by spoon.All in all it was the best pie crust I have made.Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/25/2007
I've always heard that a pie crust made with lard is exceptionally flakey. I had wanted to try a butter/lard combo, so when I found some "leafy" lard, I went for it. The crust was flavorful because of the butter, and flakey due to the lard; the dough was a little crumbly to work with, but I'll keep trying, and next time try adding just a touch more water to see what happens as I liked the results. Thanks, for sharing your recipe, Alan! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2003
I tried your "pie crust recipe" back on 10/01/02.It came out EXCELLENT I now use it on a regular basis the lard gives it a taste of the country. Do you have any more EXCELLENT recipes to share.. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/17/2009
Loved the butter/lard combination that made this both flavorful and flaky. I made this super-easy in my food processor - mixed the flour salt butter and lard with short brief pulses until I got the consistency I wanted (pea-sized as they say) then added chilled water a tablespoon at a time until the mixture just came together so I didn't measure the water exactly. For those who found their crust "crumbly " you may not be adding enough water. This was one of the easier recipes to roll out too! I had no problems getting it into the pie plate whatsoever and it crimped beautifully. Next time however I may increase the amount of fat either the butter or the lard by maybe a couple of tablespoons to add a bit more tenderness and richness to the crust. Otherwise I would call this recipe notably reliable for novice and expert alike. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2007
What a great pie dough. The only thing I did differently was I cut in the butter/lard with a pastry blender. When I added the water I tossed with a fork until dough started to come together. Then I work it with my hands. It was so easy to work with. Just great!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2003
i have tryed great-great grandmom's and great grandmom's and down the line to myself and many on the inter net but this recipe is so easy and flaky that i will make this my hand down receipe to my kids and grand children thank you again alan Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2003
GRRRRRREAT! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/29/2010
I love this recipe. It's easy and pretty close to perfect. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/18/2005
This is the only recipe I use for pie crust or pastries. It is a no fail crust! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/29/2010
Tastes good but VERY difficult to work with. It took me an hour to roll out 3 crusts. It was crumbly and stuck like crazy to my rolling pin. Then it split and fell apart when I transferred it into the pie plates. I make pie regularly but thought I'd like to try something new. I'll go back to my old standby Betty Crocker recipe. Read More
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