Perfect Pie Crust

Prep time 45 minutes 

Make 4 9-inch crusts

Using lard in this simple recipe achieves the flaky crust that we're all looking for in our pies. Organic lard has a lower saturated fat content than butter and is much healthier for you than hydrogenated vegetable oils.

This recipe is adapted from one in Grit magazine's cookbook: LARD: Cooking with Your Grandmother's Secret Ingredient


•3 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
•1 tsp salt
•1 1/4 cups lard, cold and coarsely chopped
•1 egg
•5 1/2 tbsp water
•1 tsp vinegar




•In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in the lard until the mixture is very fine (small crumbs).

•In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, water, and vinegar.

•Make a small well in the flour mixture and add the liquid mixture. Mix until the dough comes together in a ball.

•Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces (or the 2 or 3 if your pie pan is larger than 9 inches) and flatten into disks. Wrap individually in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before rolling.