Dorothy's Best Ever Pastry

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is a pastry that has never failed me, and is very easy to make. Delicious, too.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Beat the lard in the boiling water and 1 tbsp vinegar.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together.
  3. Stir into the lard mixture.
  4. Do not overmix.
  5. Form into a ball and put into fridge until ready to roll out.
  6. May be frozen.
  7. When ready to roll out, remove from fridge and make your shells for pies or tarts.


Most Helpful

This is one of the best pastries I have ever made. Very easy to 'throw' together and you can keep it in your freezer or fridge til you need it. Comes out very flaky and tender. Thanks for a great recipe, Dorothy.

bert August 13, 2002

I have been making this pastry for 45 years now and I love it. Easy, quick & delicious.

Kermit in Huntsville June 25, 2010

I love this recipe! To be fair, this is the only homemade pie crust I've ever tried, but I love that I can just pop this in the freezer and pull it out whenever I need it. I've used it for sweet pies, meat pies, and recently tried it with "Chicken Pot Pie with 2 Crusts" (#111777). It just comes out perfectly every time. It is so easy to work with, even for someone like me who has no idea what she's doing half the time! Thanks DotM!

mommyof3 February 11, 2006

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