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Lard Focaccia

Why would you want to make lard focaccia? If you want your focaccia to taste like lard, of course. As an added bonus, as the focaccia bakes your entire house will smell like lard, though you can also use duck fat or mix in a little bacon fat if you'd prefer something with a smoky flavor. More

The Nasty Bits: Spanish Lard Cookies (Polvorones)

These lard cookies were significantly different from the biscochitos I grew up with: instead of flour, the cookie dough uses a mixture of ground almonds and flour that are toasted in the oven briefly before being added to the dough. Grated orange peel gives the cookies the zest needed to cut the richness of the lard. More

The Nasty Bits: Sopaipillas

Sopaipillas are plain delicious because a) they're made with lard and b) they're fried in lard. Fresh out of the bubbling lard, perfect sopaipillas are crisp on the corners and tender on the inside. Upon contact with the fat, the raw squares of dough will sizzle and puff dramatically; like pita bread, the hot air building inside forces the separation of the dough. More

The Nasty Bits: How to Use Leaf Lard in Pastry Doughs

Why use lard in pastries? Butter produces extremely good crusts, yet lard holds two distinct advantages over an all-butter crust. First, lard produces flakier crusts than butter. Even the small amount of water present in butter may cause the dough particles to stick to one another rather than separate into the discrete layers that constitute a flaky pastry. Second, while butter is primarily a saturated fat, lard by percentage is primarily an unsaturated fat. Here, a recipe for lard-and-butter pastry dough. More

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