Mom made our biscuits and cornbread and fried chicken and, and and...with Reelfoot lard. Reelfoot Packing Company has been out of business for years; however, Niece M & Nephew A found fresh lard and sent me a quart for Christmas (yes, I asked for this gift.)
Let's make a pie crust (recipe adapted from Nancie McDermott's "Southern Pies"):
3 oz lard
1/2 t salt
5 1/2 oz pastry flour
Chill in freezer for a while until everything is cold.
Blend with pastry blender.
1/4 c. cold water
Stir together quickly; pour onto cling wrap; chill for an hour.
This dough is soft and rolls easily, even immediately out of the refrigerator.
I rolled this crust too thin at the edge.
The crust tasted like Mom's; the memory made me smile.
I'll work on a 'pretty' edge next time...