"Dysfunctional Family Night" Pizza Crust
Lovely, crunchy pizza crust recipe
Recipe type: Pizza
Cuisine: Italian
  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • 1¼ cup warm water
  • 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 Tablespoon lard
  1. In a measuring cup or medium bowl, stir together the yeast, sugar and warm water. Let sit until yeast begins to foam, about 5 minutes or so. Add 2 Tablespoons olive oil and salt. Whisk and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flours. Add the liquid ingredients and stir until the liquid is absorbed. You can continue to mix and knead by hand, or use the kneading attachment of a stand mixer to complete the process.
  3. If using a stand mixer, watch the dough and add more flour one or two tablespoons at a time until a soft dough forms and it begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl. You can finish the dough by hand to bring it into a smooth ball.
  4. Coat a bowl with one tablespoon olive oil. Roll the pizza dough in the oil. Cover the top of the bowl with plastic wrap and cover the bowl with a dish towel. Put in a warm place and let rise until double in bulk, 1-2 hours.
  5. Punch down the dough, recover, and let rise for another hour.
  6. Smear a 11" x 17" (half sheet) baking pan with lard, and use lard for a crunchy crust. Stretch pizza dough to cover the bottom of the pan. Brush lightly with olive oil. At this point, you can pre-bake the crust to make sure it's nice and crispy.
  7. Top with your favorite toppings and bake in a hot oven, 425 - 450 degrees F. Baking time depends on what toppings used.
The dough needs to rise twice, so be sure to leave yourself enough prep, rise and baking time. About 3½ hours should be plenty. depending on how quickly the dough rises. It's so well worth the time.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 1640 Fat: 57g Saturated fat: 11g Unsaturated fat: 43g Trans fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 244g Sugar: 5g Sodium: 2379mg Fiber: 10g Protein: 34g Cholesterol: 12mg
Recipe by At Mimi's Table at https://atmimistable.com/dysfunctional-pizza-crust-lard-makes-a-difference/