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Harden Your Arteries Pie Crust

Harden Your Arteries Pie Crust

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My mother-in-law gave me this recipe. She always used lard and I found it easier to work with than vegetable shortening.

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  • Calories:
  • 162 kcal
  • 8%
  • Fat:
  • 9.4 g
  • 14%
  • Carbs:
  • 15.9g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 2.9 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 35 mg
  • 12%
  • Sodium:
  • 82 mg
  • 3%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour and salt. Use a pastry blender to cut in the lard, until it resembles small peas. Using a fork, lightly stir in the egg and vinegar. If the dough does not stick together enough to pull away from the sides of the bowl, stir in a little cold water, about 1 teaspoon at a time. Form dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before using.
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Baking Nana

All right - Health Police - back off right now! This is GREAT pie crust - tender - flakey - everything a pie crust should be. Besides - I would rather eat lard or butter than hydrogenated shortening. I used this for chicken pot pie. It is a keeper! I doubled the recipe for a top and bottom crust. Note - freeze the lard in small cubes. I made this in the food processor, with short pulses - blended the flour and salt - added the lard - pulse - then added the egg and vinegar mixed together - pulse and then about 2 teaspoons of water. This will be my go to recipe for the holiday baking season. :)

Big "M"

This is the only pie crust - same as my mother made - my sisters make & I make. Please remember that "lard" is natural - no artifical junk like - Crisco - shortening - corn oil - thats what will harden your arteries. Not that lard is "good" for you - but lard and butter are better than that other stuff.


This recipe has great potential but I had to dock it a star because it should have called for water in the ingredients in the first place and not just "add it if you need it." It definitely needed it, a good tablespoon, and because I added only a teaspoon or so at a time I ended up working the dough a little more than I should have. But it is definitely worth making again as the egg contributes richness and flavor and the vinegar is known to contribute flakiness.