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Classic Pie Crust (With Lard)

Flaky texture and classic flavor, this crust is ideal for fruit, cream, or any other type of pie.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 2 Crusts
Calories 45 kcal


  • 1 Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Rolling Pin


  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • Cup Lard cut into chunks
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3-6 Tbs Cold Water


  • Add your flour and salt to a mixing bowl.
  • Cut your lard into chunks into your mixing bowl.
  • Stir your mixture together with a fork until crumbs form. They should be coarse and granular.
  • Stir 3 tablespoons of water into your mixture. You are done when your dough forms into a ball and holds it's shape. Gradually add up to 3 more tablespoons of water if needed.
  • Dust a clean working surface with flour and roll out half of your crust dough. It should be about 1/8" thick.
  • Line pie pan with crust. A half inch of crust should hang over the edge of your pie pan.
  • Roll out top crust same as your bottom crust.
  • Prepare pie filling according to recipe. Top with second crust. Fold top crust edge over bottom crust edge and crimp.
  • Cut vent slits into top crust.
  • Bake according to your pie recipe and enjoy!


Calories: 45kcal
Keyword Lard, Pie Crust
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