Anti-trans fat hysteria has finally swung the pastry pendulum back into the pro-flavor camp - the box of these Safeway-branded, refrigerated crusts proudly proclaim "0% trans fat!" Their secret? Lard!
The crusts come rolled up and are easy to handle. They're less flaky than a good butter crust (or, for that matter, the Trader Joe ones I use when I'm short on time), but they're tender and flavorful. I used them in tarte tatins today and was pleased by how well they kept their structure, compared to my usual 80-20 butter-shortening homemade crust. These were purchased at the Alameda South Shore Safeway, don't know how the availability is throughout the Bay Area.