1 pound plain flour
1 ounce yeast or 1/2 tablespoon dried yeast
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 cup butter
1/2 cup lard
1 1/2 cups tepid water
Pinch of salt
Mix sifted flour and salt in basin.
Cream yeast with sugar. When it bubbles, add to flour with water. Mix well, cover, set in warm place until bulk doubles, about 1/2 hour.
Cream butter and lard together; divide into three parts. Put dough on floured board, roll out into long strip. Dot first third of fats on top third of pastry strip. Fold over like an envelope as when making flaky pastry. Roll out; repeat with other strips until all butter mixture is used up. Roll out; cut in small oval shapes or rounds. Lay on floured baking sheet, leave 2 inches between each to allow for expansion. Cover as above; let rise for 45 minutes.
Bake for 20 minutes at 375 to 400 degrees F.
Makes about 15 Rowies.