I can remember sitting in my Granny’s kitchen watching her lightly pull together her pastry dough, her small hands all dusty with flour.
She would be laughing and telling me how she use to get up really early every morning and go into the small cafe in town. She had an early morning job to bring in a little extra money. Every time she made pies she would tell me the story of how she would make the pastry, have it rolled out and filled with all kinds of different fillings….all before 5:00 am!
She would make at least 50 pies each morning (all different flavors) for the cafe to sell to the crews of men who where working the oil-fields during the day. By the end of the day every slice of every single pie would be sold and eaten!
Granny Mack made the worlds greatest pie. Her recipe calls for LARD…. yes you read the right, I said LARD. I have never in my life bought lard, I didnt even know they still SOLD lard! (They do in case you care, it is in the Hispanic/ethnic area of the store). However, in the interest of making Granny Mack’s recipes exactly has she has written, Joel and I searched out the LARD.
I always substitute butter for the Lard. It was fun to try it the way Granny M. would make it …. but I think that I will go back to the butter for my pastry in the future. I have a hard time wrapping my head around using LARD.