Lard and Butter Pie Dough [RECIPE]

Pie crust in cast iron pan

This pie crust is so light and flaky, you’ll never want to buy a prepackaged one again! (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Men love pie. It’s as simple as that. But we don’t like pie crust that is too heavy, greasy, or dry as dust. It should be light, flaky and have a smooth, buttery finish. That’s why I absolutely love this recipe! Having tried numerous versions in the past, this version by far makes the best crust I’ve ever tasted. To channel Bubba Gump for a moment, I like it on sweet pies, savory pies, fruit pies, hand pies, pecan pies, quiche pies, pies for lunch, pies for dinner…. well, you get the idea. Want to make a pie? Just make this recipe. It will make you popular with all the guys in your life. Read more of this post

Deep-Dish Pizza Dough

Deep-Dish Pizza Dough

Cornmeal and a touch of honey make our Deep-Dish Pizza Dough extra flaky and delicious.

We love pizza! But then, who doesn’t? What we don’t love is the high price tag that is oftentimes attached to a delivered pie. For years, we tried making our own pizzas at home, but the results always fell flat with crusts that were too thin, tasted like cardboard or were so crunchy we could use them to play Frisbee. When we finally tried this recipe in our test kitchen, we couldn’t believe how delicious it is. We know you will love it too! Cornmeal and a touch of honey make this dough light, flaky and the perfect base for your favorite toppings. Just be sure to prepare the dough the night before and let it rise in the fridge.

PREP: 8 minutes + rise time


  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 package yeast
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil plus more for coating


  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, place water, honey, and yeast; let dissolve 4 minutes.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cornmeal and salt.
  3. Slowly add the flour mixture to the water/yeast mixture in thirds. Before the last addition, add 1/4 cup olive oil.
  4. Sprinkle one tablespoon of flour on a countertop and knead bread until smooth. Transfer the dough to a bowl coated with olive oil. Turn dough to coat in oil. Cover and let rise overnight in the refrigerator.

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Classic Cinnamon Buns

Cinnamon Buns

Sweet pecans and savory cinnamon combine in these mouth-watering buns your family will love!
(Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Who doesn’t love the warm comfort and gooey deliciousness of cinnamon buns? The addition of pecans will make this recipe a family favorite, perfect for brunch or your mid-morning coffee break. Although this recipe may seem a little daunting for the beginning baker, it isn’t as difficult as it sounds. Just be sure to leave ample time for the dough to rise. Read more of this post