Category Archives: Desserts

Rendering Leaf Lard or Beef Suet

I’ve been using processed lard in my Vodka Pie Crust Recipe for several years because I get a more flaky crust than I do when using butter or shortening. But store bought lard is partially hydrogenated to extend its shelf … Continue reading

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Pie Dough Made With Vodka

Ingredients for one double-crust pie 2 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour 8 tablespoons leaf lard (cut into small pieces) 8 tablespoons butter (cut into small pieces) 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 2 tablespoons sugar (optional) 1/4 cup vodka, cold (brandy works … Continue reading

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Dave’s Carrot Cake

I’m not sure how many different carrot cake recipes I’ve tried or modified over the years. I never really kept track. But no matter the recipe, there was always something missing, until eventually I came across a recipe that was almost perfect. Continue reading

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Dave & Elisa’s Apple Cranberry Pie

Ingredients Pie dough (enough for a top and bottom, with a bit to spare) 18 Tbsp. butter, chilled 6 Tbsp. lard, chilled 3 cups all purpose flour 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt 1 Tbsp. sugar 3/4 cup ice water Pie … Continue reading

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