Moms Pie Dough

RuthAnn & Elvin Zimmerman, Live in North east Iowa on 21 acres with our 7 children. They have lived on their acreage for 20 years now.

They have a couple different breeds of cows for milk and beef, Mangalitsa hogs, chickens and 2 Donkeys.


RuthAnns husband works full time but finds time to to the ‘heavy lifting’ of the homestead while her and the children do the day to day chores of the animals and in the summer in their 8000 sq feet garden planting, weeding and harvesting.


Their oldest child, Kristina, is married and lives near by, and their other children still live at home, ages 18,13,11,8,5,4.


One of my favorite childhood memories is of sitting at the kitchen table while my mom made pies! 

Often the pies where for special occasions and her hands would work so fast and efficiently making a dozen pies or more. Sometimes the pies where for a much anticipated event like Christmas with the cousins or a neighborhood bake sale. But no matter the reason, when mom was making pies my siblings and I gathered around the table to watch, play with dough scraps and lick the spoons and bowls of pie filling. 

Moms pie dough 
3cups flour
1 tsp salt 
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup lard or shortening 
 Approx 1/2 cup cold water 
Mix everything except the water until crumbly. 
Add the water until the dough is smooth and stays together. Being careful not to over mix the dough.


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