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Best Homemade Pizza — EVER!

18 Feb

I’ve been searching Pinterest for easy bread machine pizza dough and I think I may have found it (click here for link). I’ve modified it a bit, adding 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1.25 cups bread flour, and 0.75 cups whole wheat flour. I leave it in my bread machine for the full amount of time during the ‘dough’ setting.

When the dough is done in the bread machine, divide in two equal parts. Roll out as thin as you can get it (aprox 0.25″ thick). Bake at 400 degrees on pizza stone for 10 mins.

Now you have your base crust for your pizza toppings!

This particular pizza-masterpiece has (in this order) Catelli pasta sauce, grated parmesan cheese, fried onions & mushrooms, pepperoni, jalapenos, dried cranberries, mozzerella and marble cheese. The fried onions with mushrooms gives an especially rich flavour. I never knew I liked fried mushrooms so much! Bake your piled high pizza for another 15 minutes at 400 degrees.

I have been making a few extra pizzas for my freezer, to pull out whenever I need a quick lunch or supper. Just freeze it after you pile it high with toppings (crust baked, but toppings unbaked). I think it’s even better after it’s been frozen… The flavours have time to blend and intensify!!

Bake frozen pizza at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes, as soon as the cheese is melted and bubbly in the centre! Oh so good!


Pie Disaster

29 Aug

“Easy as pie.” Who said that? I’d like to shoot them!

Gas oven experiment #2 – we used “Easy Convect” feature which decreased time (-5 min) and temperature (-25˚). The top has a deceptively attractive color and crisp, but the bottom is so uncooked, the berries sank practically through the dough. I was tempted to throw it onto the stove top and let the gas flames burn the soggy ass bottom! Although we left it in for another 15 min, the berries were just barely bubbling – you could still see powdered flour through the slits – but the top was getting too dark by then.

I’ve now read online that some have tried to place the pie right on the floor of the oven. I find it ironic that my first pies with electric stove did not have these kinds of problems. Sigh, hubby ate it this morning for breakfast and said yum yum – he truly loves me.

Blueberry Sour Cream Cake

24 Jul

Always a crowd pleaser (they love the moist cake, I love how fast and easy it is), I thought this recipe deserved a photo – especially since it’s blueberry season. Thanks to Janie for showing it to me… um, when is the next one coming?

1/2 cup butter / margerine
3/4 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 cup sour cream
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups blueberries

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1/2 tsp cinnamon (or more depending on taste)

1) Cream butter and sugar, then add eggs. Add sour cream.
2) Mix flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
3) Fold into above with vanilla. Fold blueberries in gently.
4) Pour into 9″x13″ tray. Sprinkle topping mix evenly on top of cake.
5) Bake at 350˚F for 40 minutes.

Peanut Butter Cups — Homemade

2 Feb

… Just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Sometimes I get a craving for those Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups. Now I figured out how to make them at home! At first, I wasn’t overly impressed, but after eating another one the next day, I was hooked. At least when I make these homemade ones, I know I’m not getting too many weird ingredients.

1 cup bulk melting milk chocolate bits (Save-on-Foods) (you could probably experiment w dark chocolate or white chocolate)
1 cup organic peanut butter (peanut butter only, no other addititives)
1/2 cup icing sugar (optional)
1 tbsp canola oil for greasing muffin tins

1. Put the milk chocolate bits into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high in 30 second intervals and keep checking until they are melted. I only had to nuke my chocolate for 45 seconds.

2. Use canola oil and grease muffin tins, just at the bottom and up sides about half way.

3. Use tablespoon to smear melted chocolate into greased muffin tin. I only needed one heaping tablespoon of melted chocolate. Use spoon to draw the melted chocolate up the sides about one third of the way.

4. Wait for chocolate to solidify. My apartment was cold so it only took 5 minutes to solidify.

5. Mix icing sugar with peanut butter. Put 1.5 tablespoons of peanut butter into the solidified base of chocolate muffin tin.

6. Spoon on enough melted chocolate on top of the peanut butter to completely cover. Spread the chocolate around, being careful not to mix into the peanut butter too much.

7. Put in fridge. Wait 2 hours to completely solidify.

8. After completely solidified, the peanut butter cups will easily pop out of the muffin tins!

Enjoy and try not to eat them all at once ;p

Can be stored in the fridge. Keep at room temperature until ready to eat — I couldn’t wait that long…

Matcha Muffin with White Chocolate Chip

23 Jan

Saw this easy recipe on public television and it was… easy as muffins? Well it was easy because hubby made it! Extremely airy texture, not mushy or dense – we dived in immediately, but as they cooled, the tops became crispier, which made for a great combo. Normally I can’t even finish one store bought muffin because it’s just too sweet for my liking – I had no problem finishing off two!

Just assemble two bowls of wet and dry ingredients, then combine. Bake  at 375˚ F for 20 minutes. Makes 7 to 8 muffins.

1 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup white chocolate chips
2 tbsp Green Tea powder
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
2/3 cup whole milk (we used 1%)
1/3 cup canola oil

Biscotti 2010

10 Jan

Another successful bake-fest – this year’s new fave flave is coffee and milk choc chips. The way it’s mixed is key though. Marbling tastes better when the coffee flavor is mixed into half the dough, then marbled together with regular by hand. It results in a more defined marble and stronger taste. Someone suggested using coffee grounds – ah next year.

Bonnie’s McPenne & Cheese

5 Oct

Serious comfort food! Here’s the recipe with some modifications – bacon instead of ham, added green peas, mixed some bread crumbs with cheese and sprinkle on top to broil in the oven to give it a crunchy texture.  Oh and I didn’t add lemon juice.