In a mixer, cream together butter, lard, margarine, and shortening. In a bowl, mix sugar, baking powder, salt, and dry milk powder together. Then add to the creamed butter mixture and mix briefly. Add pastry flour and beat until it is blended. Add bread flour and mix slightly. Pour water in and beat again only until water is incorporated.
Divide dough into 2 or 3 balls. Roll out on floured board. Line pie pan with dough and cut off excess dough. For baked pie shells, flute edges. Prick holes in bottom with fork and bake at 425° for 12–15 minutes or until light golden brown. For fruit pies and other pies that bake in the crust, fill pie shell and follow instructions for particular pie recipe you are using.
Note: All-purpose flour can be used instead of the combination of bread and pastry flour. The crust can also be made using the traditional pie crust method: by hand-cutting fats into the dry ingredients.
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