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Lard Pie Crust

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1-3 T sugar
  • 3/4 cup leaf lard (5.5 oz/155g)
  • 2/3 cup ice cold water + more if needed

Instructions

  • Combine flour and salt in large bowl.
  • Add 1 tablespoon sugar for a savory pie, or 2-3 teaspoons for a sweet pie. Whisk into flour.
  • Cut in the lard w pastry blender or rub w your fingertips until mixture resembles pebbly sand.
  • Stir in the water until well mixed.
  • You can also do all of the above in a food processor by using cubed lard and pulsing until the dough forms a ball.
  • Gather the dough into a ball, divide, and wrap in plastic to chill for 30 mins before using.
  • Divide in half prior to rolling out to use in your preferred pie recipe.