As promised, here is the AMAZING pastry recipe I used this past weekend for pies.
I was a little hesitant because the recipe calls for lard.
I don't have anything against lard, but it does have its own flavor.
We grew up with lard, so I decided to pick some up at the store and give it an adult try.
I used my KitchenAid mixer to mix the dough.
It makes enough dough for 5 crusts.
After chilling the dough for an hour I rolled out 2 crusts....
and I could not believe how great they were to roll....
they almost rolled themselves!! (ok...that might be an exaggeration)
The crust turned out so flaky and tender....
and tasted great!
The recipe said you could freeze the dough in disks and then thaw for later use.
So I decided to test that out.
The next day I made a custard pie.
The dough took about an hour to thaw and it rolled out just as wonderfully as the day before.
Because the custard pie crust gets baked for 10 minutes on a high heat before you add the filling I was able to observe and learn for future pre-baked crusts...it does shrink a little...so I will need to be more generous on the crust length...or use my bigger pie pan.
I found this recipe (along with many more) at the Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog. If you have never stopped over, you really should!
I already know the next batch I mix up of this great pastry dough will be DOUBLED!!!