make the lepinja bread dough
Add flour to a large bowl. Create a well in the center of the flour. Add the lukewarm water and yeast. Set aside for 5 - 10 minutes for the yeast to activate. Knead to combine, then add the salt. Knead the dough for 5 minutes by hand or in a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Add the lard or canola oil and continue to knead for about 3 - 4 minutes or until smooth. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel or clingfilm. Set aside to proof for 45 - 60 minutes or until doubled in size.TipThe water shouldn't be too hot, or the yeast won't activate. The best water temperature is around 35°C / 95°F.
shape into balls
Dust your working surface with flour or semolina. Place the Lepinja dough on the floured surface. Shape into a log and cut into six equal parts. Shape each piece into a smooth, round ball. Place back on the floured surface. Cover with a kitchen towel or clingfilm and set aside to proof for 10 minutes.
shape into lepinja
Shape each ball into a round flatbread approximately 15 cm or 6-inches in diameter. Place each Lepinja bread on a floured baking sheet. Leave to rest for another 10 - 15 minutes. Then, using a back (dull) side of the knife, make a mesh pattern. Preheat the oven to 250 °C / 480 °F.TipIf you plan to bake your Lepinja bread in a pizza oven or use a pizza stone for the oven, you don't need a baking sheet. Place the bread directly on the stone surface to bake.
Place the baking sheet (don't line with parchment paper) with the Lepinja bread into a preheated oven on the middle rack. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes at 250 °C / 480 °F or until the flatbread is golden-brown and baked. Transfer to a wire rack, gently splash with water and cover with a kitchen towel. Serve warm or at room temperature.