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Flaky Pie Dough

This recipe for flaky pie dough is courtesy of chef Paul Bergeron.

  • Yield: Makes enough for 1 pumpkin pecan-praline pie
Flaky Pie Dough

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, November Fall 2007


  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup ice water
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 9 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 6 tablespoons cold leaf lard, cut into pieces


  1. Mix together salt and water in a small bowl until salt has dissolved; set aside.

  2. Add flour and sugar to the bowl of a food processor; pulse to combine. Add butter and lard; continue pulsing until butter and lard form pea-sized pieces. Add the salted water and pulse until dough just comes together. Divide dough into two equal pieces, wrap tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight before using.

Reviews (6)

  • scrapbookdi 10 Dec, 2007

    This is the best pie crust I have every made. I made two pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving and everyone noticed the delicious crust. I live with my 93-year-old grandmother so she had some leaf lard in the freezer but I didn't know why it was different than regular lard. After seeing it on the show I researched it on the internet.

  • mmau 26 Nov, 2007

    Hi Rahy,
    How is it going in Tunisia? I visited once when I was a little girt. Mostly I just remember many, very white buildings in the sand.
    Probably the best substitute for lard is a processed shortening (Crisco brand).

    Since you don't have it, I would suggest making Martha's pate brisee/ pie crust recipe which only contains butter (with some flour salt, sugar

  • rahy 22 Nov, 2007

    Hello, I am currently Living in Tunisia , North Africa and I doubt very much that I can find Leaf Lard, especially if it comes from pig :/
    Is there a substitute? Maybe from a cow?
    Any suggestions?

  • mmau 20 Nov, 2007

    Oh, I saw the video. It turns out that the "new processor" was just a new lid for the Cuisinart. The lid is the one w/out a feed tube.

    I believe to find Leaf Lard you have to find yourself a real butcher. It comes from a pig. It is special lard found around/near the kidneys. I imagine it is not very easy to find. Ask any butchers....

  • mhs2362 19 Nov, 2007

    Where can I get the Leaf Lard for the crust?

  • mmau 19 Nov, 2007

    I missed this show but heard from a friend that the chef making the pie was using a new food processor. Does anyone know what she (my friend) was talking about? Which "new" processor did he have?

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