"This recipe is both tender and flaky, due to the addition of vinegar and lard." — Molly
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1 2/3 cups
distilled white vinegar
I bake pies weekly for a group of veterans, and I was curious about this crust. I have always made pie crust with just lard, flour, salt and water, like my mom did, so I tried this one day. The crust was a dream to roll out, but I was skeptical as to how much shrinkage there would be because the crust was so light and delicate. Well, I decided to bake two pie shells to see what happens. What happened was that I was pleasantly surprised. Wonderful tender, flaky crust and not much shrinkage at all. My guys said I outdid myself that week, so I guess this will become my crust of choice. Sorry mom! Hint: Shortening and butter are good for crusts, but lard can't be beat. And a little trick for those having tear problems. When you get the dough rolled to the desired thickness, lay your rolling pin on the edge of the dough farthest from you. Using a tender touch, roll the dough up over your rolling pin, then using your hands, not the handles, GENTLY roll the pin towards you rolling the dough over the pin. Put your pie pan directly behind the dough covered pin, and using both hands lift the pin and dough onto your pan, then roll away from you. Your dough will go into your pan beautifully, and your top crust will set perfectly.
I'm not sure why mine was so different. I've never had a problem with a crust, but I haven't found a recipe I love either. This one though, was by far the worst for me. It was entirely too mushy. I ended up adding another 1/2 cup to a full cup afterward just to make it hold. Also quite a bit of shrinkage and there was something very unpleasant for me about the scent of the lard, which remained slightly even after baking. Not a winner for me.
This is the best recipe ever... it is the same one my grandma used to use and I was so glad I found it here! It rolls out beautifully and is almost impossible to goof up! The crust is extremely tender & flaky... many have raved over this!
My grandma always told me practice makes perfect when it comes to most things especially pie crust, but I could not master a good pie crust, so it seemed. I doubled this recipe and made 3 pies over 4th of July and everyone raved about the pies and especially the crust! Tender and very flaky, they melt in your mouth. Thank you! I had plenty of dough left over to cut into strips and some I salted the others I put cinnamon and sugar on and baked to perfection! Thanks again.
This was my first attempt at a home made crust. Thank you Molly. I used Crisco's butter flavored shortening for the lard.
I doubled this recipe and made several pies for a meeting I had. This was my FIRST TIME making pie crusts and it turned out wonderfully. No fail, even for me!
Do NOT substitute anything in this recipe, it's perfect as is! This is the crust my Mom was famous for...I knew it the second I tasted it. I haven't made a pie in years, and for me it is difficult to work with pie crusts anyway, especially one so flaky. If you are having problems with it tearing like I was, roll it out on a piece of wax paper...it helps with handling. This is the flakiest, melt in your mouth pie crust ever...even if my meringue didn't turn out, at least my crust did!!!
My Sister-in-law gave me this recipe about a year ago.It always turns out. I make it often for Chicken Pot Pie, my family fights over the corner pieces so they can have the crust.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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Serving Size: 1/32 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 32
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 156
** Calories from Fat: 99
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