Perfect Pie Crust Recipe

If you’re looking for the Perfect Pie Crust Recipe, then look no further! This recipe makes tender pastry for 4 crusts (or 2 covered pies).


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  • 5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 lb lard
  • 2 tsp vinegar (white)
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 egg, beaten


  1. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, salt, brown sugar and baking powder.
  2. With a pastry cutter, cut the shortening into the flour until the mixture is like coarse sand.
  3. Then in a separate bowl mix together the water and vinegar. Then add the egg and mix thoroughly. 
  4. Gradually add the water/vinegar/egg mixture to the dry ingredients, mixing with a fork. You don’t have to use all the liquid if the dough seems too wet. Then use your hands to form a large ball of dough.
  5. Chill 1 hour.
  6. Separate the ball of dough into 4 even pieces, and shape each piece into a disc (this shape makes it much easier to roll out the dough). At this point, you can wrap 2 of the discs in plastic wrap and freeze them for later.
  7. When you’re ready to make pie, use a rolling pin to roll out the dough. I like to place the dough on a piece of parchment paper lightly dusted with flour. This makes it easy to transfer the dough to a pie plate.
  8. Now proceed with making your pie!

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