BASIC PIE CRUST
2 cups flour, sifted, ¼ cup lard, 1tablespoon salt, ¼ cup ice water
Sift flour at least 3 times then measure. Add salt, mix in with a fork. Add lard and cut in coarsely with a pastry blender or your fingers. Sprinkle in water a little at a time and mix lightly with a fork until all the flour is dampened. Form into a ball and press together firmly. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out thinly then transfer the crust to the rolling pin. Transfer the crust from the rolling pin to the pie pan. Makes two 8 ½-inch pie crust.