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For the first one, I’ll start with the pie dough that I have taught with great success to thousands of people who come to my Art of the Pie Workshops.
- 2-1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
- 8 Tbs of Kerrygold or other salted or unsalted butter, cut into tablespoon size pieces
- 8 Tbs leaf lard
- ½ tsp salt
- 6-8 Tbs of ice water (This is an average but sometimes the dough takes more.)
- Put all ingredients but the ice water in a large bowl.
- With clean hands, blend the mixture together until it looks like coarse meal with some lumps in it that looks like cracker crumbs, peas, and almonds. The lumps make flakey pies.
- Sprinkle ice water over mixture and stir lightly with a fork.
- Squeeze a handful of dough together. Mix in a bit more water if it doesnʼt keep together.
- Divide the dough in half and make two chubby disks about 5 inches across.
- Wrap the disks separately in plastic wrap and chill for about an hour.
- Take out one disk and put it on a well-floured board, pastry cloth, parchment paper or plastic wrap.
- Sprinkle some flour onto the top of the disk. Thump the disk with your rolling pin several times.
- Turn it over and thump the other side.
- Sprinkle more flour onto the top of the crust if needed to keep the pin from sticking and roll the crust out from the center in all directions.
- When it is an inch or so larger than your pie pan, brush off the extra flour on both sides. Fold the dough over the top of the pin and lay it in the pie pan carefully.
- Donʼt worry if the crust needs to be patched together; just paint a little water where it needs to be patched and “glue” on the patch piece.
- Put the filling in the pie and repeat the process with the other disk.