(Makes 1 pie shell)
5½ tblsp butter, cold, in ½ inch bits
2 tblsp lard or shortening
1 whole egg
3 - 6 tblsp water
Sift the flour into a mixing bowl and cut in the butter and shortening/lard.
Mix together the egg and water and gradually stir it into the butter/flour mixture, until a solid mass forms, adding more water if necessary.
Shape the dough into a ball. Knead for several seconds, then wrap in plastic or wax paper and refrigerate for an hour.
If the dough is to be pre-baked, roll out first, line the pie pan with it, prick all over with a fork and return to chill for another hour before using. This helps to prevent the pastry case from shrinking during pre-baking.