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Old 11-13-2007, 02:23 PM   #1
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Veg shortening vs Lard for crust

I am going to attempt a Sweet Potato Pie. I usually make my crusts with butter and lard. The recipe I have calls for all butter, except for 2 TB veg shortening, and I'm willing to try something new.

Does anyone have thoughts on this? I don't care for veg shortening in anything, I always think it makes things taste bland,even the butter flavored stuff. But maybe there's enough butter to cover it up this time?? Maybe I should just go with my own tried an true. Help!

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Old 11-13-2007, 04:05 PM   #2
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I do not think anything beats lard for pie crusts; or yeast risen jelly doughnuts for that matter
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Old 11-13-2007, 04:27 PM   #3
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I'm with ya!!!!

Bill I used to go out to Montauk and Shelter Island alot as a kid. I grew up in the Bronx, my Mom is from Bethpage.
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Old 11-13-2007, 05:40 PM   #4
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Count me in too!! Suziquzie go with your tried and true if you want a TASTY pie crust.
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Old 11-13-2007, 05:51 PM   #5
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2 table spoons of shortening will not change the taste of the butter.
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Old 11-14-2007, 03:20 AM   #6
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I'm with ya!!!!

Bill I used to go out to Montauk and Shelter Island alot as a kid. I grew up in the Bronx, my Mom is from Bethpage.
Itís a small world- in the early 1940ís I lived in a new apartment house on Bailey Ave near Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx. I hear Arthur Ave is still hanging in there. Guess the nice bakery on Dykman Street is gone as are the Jewish Deli's and bakeries on Saint Nicholas Ave. Then spent a dozen years a few miles north of Sheepshead Bay at a time when Nostrand Ave was unpaved South of the last stop on the trolley (South of Ave U) with horse stables and vegetable farms for neighbors. Within a few years after the end of WW II that all changed.
Bethpage, Farmingdale and Melville were pretty rural and quite to my liking through the 1950ís. Itís decline (growth) seemed to culminate with the replacement of the Ag School with a Tech school. Shelter Island, Amagansett, Oyster Ponds, Montauk and Orient Point were pretty nice through the 1970ís. Now they are becoming overpopulated. I used to be able to drive from Riverhead to Shelter Island without having to stop at any traffic lights; not so any more. The litter and discourtesy typical of the NYC area is invading ELI.
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Old 11-14-2007, 12:18 PM   #7
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I've done a lot of recipes for pie crust and the ones that get rave reviews are the ones where I use lard only. The others work, and folks like 'em fine, but all lard is the way to go.
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Old 11-14-2007, 12:51 PM   #8
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Well, she's in the oven, I decided to go with the lard. I'll let ya know in a few hours!

MM smells good already!
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How's the pie?? What brand lard?
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Old 11-15-2007, 08:41 AM   #10
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Hey Bill! Thanks for asking!

The 2 and 8 yr olds liked it, 4 yr old doesn't like anything, so that's the true test. DH liked it, it's half gone already!

I used Armour lard, same as always. The crust was flaky but a little tough, maybe a smidge too much waster and a little over baking? Better than soggy though I figure.

How's the island today?
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