Saturday, March 17, 2018

Easy and Quick Pizza Dough

We often make pizza because it is one of the few meals that all 7 of us love.  If I haven't had time to soak my grain the day before to make the healthier version, I give my girls a treat and let them make this delicious 15 minute pizza dough.  Crispy on the bottom and soft on the top, it is just so delicious!  I double the recipe and let them each make their own big pizza the way they like it and then they can have leftovers to take to school for lunch.  Thanks to Homegrown in the Valley for such a delicious and easy recipe!

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons yeast 
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees)
  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • Instructions
    1. Whisk yeast, honey, and warm water together in a bowl. Cover and let it stand about 10 minutes. It should be frothy, like the first picture. See how much the yeast loves honey? Sugar can also be used.
    2. Stir in flours, salt and oil. I do this with my dough hook in the Kitchenaid but you can kneed it by hand.
    3. Move dough to a floured surface, cover with a towel, and let it sit for 5 minutes.
    4. Now you can either use your dough as is or if you have a few more minutes, shape it and let it sit again for another 5 minutes or so to let it develop a little more flavor.
    5. Bake your crust in the oven at 450 degrees until it starts to brown, then add your ingredients and continue to bake until the cheese is melted.

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    Monday, February 12, 2018

    Papa Eric's Waffles

    The girls love Papa Eric's waffles more than any other so I finally remembered to ask him for the recipe.  I didn't try to make it healthier by soaking the batter because I was afraid I would ruin the recipe, but I did use half whole grain flour and half unbleached all purpose flour, and I also substituted my sucanat for white sugar and used half butter and half coconut oil for the oil.  (I tripled the recipe and didn't want to use up my stash of either oil at once.)  My girls agreed that they were the best waffles we had made and I freezed half of them for easy breakfasts on school mornings.

    1 3/4 cups flour
    2 tsp. baking powder
    3 tsp. sugar
    1/2 tsp. salt
    3 egg yolks beaten
    1/3 cup vegetable oil
    1 1/2 cups milk
    3 egg whites beaten stiff

    Directions: Measure dry ingredients into mixing bowl. Blend.  Combine egg yolks and milk.  Stir into dry ingredients.  Stir in cooking oil. Carefully fold in egg whites.  Do not over-mix. Pour approximately 2/3 cup batter onto preheated grid.  Close and bake