Rustic Lard Bread : perfect recipe for Italian lard bread , made with water, dry yeast and lard instead of butter to get soft dough; baked in the oven for tasty and simple slices served with prosciutto !
Last year, I started to renew my family vintage recipes and found this Rustic Lard Bread to implemented in our small household.
It is very tasty, homemade lard bread and, if wrapped in foil, lasts for five days.
I usually bake the loaf on Saturday morning and we both hardy wait for it to cool a bit and slice it to have with cocoa or glass of milk. It tastes really great, much better then store bought loaf and one slice really makes you full.
Have you ever had a slice of warm homemade lard bread with a thin lard spread ? Or lard on toast ? Sprinkled with salt and smoked paprika ? No ?
You don’t know what you are missing !!!
Is lard a healthy fat ?
Yes. It helps to lower blood cholesterol and is at second place, after olive oil on the list of healthy fats.
Before vegetable shortening was introduced, lard was the first choice when cooking fat needed. It was even used for pie crusts and cookies. The reason to this is that lard has lower melting point and using it results in flakier pastry.
What are the types of lard ?
Every type of lard is pig fat and it can be :
unrendered ( simply trimmed from the meat, not recommended for cooking ),
rendered ( melted and filtered ),
processed ( melted, filtered, clarified ) and
leaf lard ( the best for baking, creamy, smooth, free of pork flavour )
For detailed information, please look here .
Where to buy lard ?
It can be found in grocery stores, next to all sorts of vegetable fats or at your local butcher’s. I am lucky to have great, vintage dishes loving butcher just across the street so he is my sausages, brains, bone marrow and lard supplier.
Before I add links of sweet and savoury dishes, made with lard, in our kitchen, let me turn your attention to budget friendly, tasty Chicken Liver Pate with Duck Fat
that matches incredibly with Rustic Lard Bread .
After several years of food blogging, I am so glad to present recipes with lard, both sweet and savoury, made in our kitchen. So here we go:
Rustic Lard Bread
Rustic Lard Bread: perfect recipe for Italian lard bread , made with water, dry yeast and lard instead of butter to get soft dough; baked in the oven for tasty and simple slices served with prosciutto !
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp dry yeast
- 2 cups + 4 Tbsp warm water
- 4 Tbsp lard + extra to grease the pan
In a bowl, combine dry ingredients ( flour, sugar, salt and dry yeast ).
In a small pot, melt the lard, and add both lard and water to dry ingredients and mix, using spatula.
Cover the dough and leave aside for 30 minutes.
After 20 minutes of raising the dough, preheat the oven to 180 C / 356 F.
Lightly grease the bread pan with lard ( 10.5 x 4 inches, 7 cups volume ).
Re knead the dough and place it into the baking pan.
Cut several stripes on the top, using knife, grease with lard and bake for 49 minutes. Check with tooth stick if baked.