Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Pizza Rolls.



This is my spin on pizza in a cinnamon shaped bun, 

I'd highly suggest putting cheese inside and outside, but I'm just a bit in love with cheese. 

I made some pizza dough and hand stretched into a large rectangle. You are more than welcome to roll with a rolling pin. Make the dough about as thin as you'd make a homemade pizza dough, I know seriously vague, but I'm not giving a measurement that will be a lie.

I'll just post pictures and say, chop whatever you like into bite sized pieces. You can roll the items with the sauce in the bun or place on top with the cheese. It's not a science, it's a fun food. 

Once you have rolled it together you will take a fresh new piece of dental floss and  wrap around your dough roll and cut. I'd say you'll like the flavor more if you cut shorter than the height of a cinnamon bun but that's just because we are making pizza and you want maximum crispness and flavor with cheese and minimal crust, so do as I say and not as I did, cut them a tad thinner:) 

let them rise for 20 minutes after rolled and then:

Place in the oven at 350F for 15-20 mins until golden on the bottom crisped on the top and baked in the middle. I baked mine for 20 minutes and the bottoms were a little more than golden. 

Give this a try, if you need a pizza dough recipe, check my previous post on pizza. 

















Saturday, 14 May 2016

Crepes, something to try out!


So this was my first attempt. Let's continue trying out recipes and proving we don't need special machinery. 

This recipe is copied from foodwishes.com. 

http://foodwishes.blogspot.ca/2008/06/how-to-make-crepes-even-messed-up-ones.html?m=1

2 eggs
2 tbsp oil
1 1/4 cup milk
1 cup flour
Pinch of salt

(Should make 10 crepes) 

Mix until there are no lumps or very minimal. I mixed with a whisk for about 4 minutes. I had doubled the batch as shown above. Place the mixture into the fridge for one hour. If the mixture seems a little thick, add a bit more milk. 

After the hour, get your frying pan ready and lightly oiled, take 1/4 cup measuring scoop. Lift the pan off the heat with one hand and pour the batter into the pan that has been preheated on medium heat (5).
As you are pouring rotate the pan in a circular motion and get as flat and evenly placed as you can. Then place back on the heat it takes about 45 -60 seconds and then flip, get very lightly browned and keep making more. 

Top with whatever you like. Cream, berries, jam, syrup, wrap them, roll them and enjoy:) 


If you look at the batter on the pan, some is changing color from the heat, once it is all the same yellow-y color you are allowed to flip, but you can also cook a bit longer.
Evenly colored
Flipped 
Oodles of crepes. 
















Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Pizza! my take on it :)



So, I've been making pizza for a few years and I saw it made in my childhood. I'm certain as a child I wondered how this was better than store bought, but now as an adult i feel store bought, is a different thing over all. 

My pizzas are generally very basic toppings. Ranging from zucchini, bell peppers, olives, onions, chicken,or a pepperoni type meat. There are a few  ingredients in my pizza making that I will say are necessary, aside from what you need to make the dough and these three things are game changers. Finely chopped garlic, salt and pepper. Yup that's it. So let's get started.

Take a large mixing bowl 

3 cups of warm water, (not hot) 
2 tsp yeast 
1/4 cup oil
2 tbsp sugar
5 cups of flour, (follow the additions in the recipe method, caution don't pour all in at once) 
1/2 tsp salt,

Put all ingredients excluding flour and salt into the mixing bowl.

then:

Start by putting 2 cups of flour and the salt into your bowl and mix. Pour and mix the next 2 cups of flour. At this point you have a slightly firmer dough, not stiff, and not a batter. Knead in 1 cup of flour or extra if necessary.  Once kneaded. Let it sit in a lightly oiled bowl for 20 mins. Take out and separate into 2 dough balls, press onto well greased pizza pans. The next process should hopefully take you 20 mins of prep work so when you are done you can toss it in the oven. 

Preheat your oven to 350F 

Now take sauce and cover the top of your pizzas
Mince 2-3 cloves of garlic and spread evenly. 
Take any toppings you like, chop into preferred bite size pieces and place.
Grate cheese at least 1/2 cup per pizza if possible
Sprinkle with salt and pepper
Place in the oven on 2 trays and rotate in the middle of cooking. 10 mins and switch then 10 mins.

Bake at 350F for 20 mins. 
Pull out let cool for 5 mins or until you can safely cut and serve.

Enjoy:) 




































Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Pancakes and Waffles




Fluffy and tasty, these are sure to satisfy your breakfast crave:)

3 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/4 cups cold water
1/3 cup oil
3 eggs

Mix the dry ingredients, and pour in the wet ingredients  gently mix until combined

Have your pan and waffle iron preheated and greased. 

Use 1/4 cup to measure your pancakes and a little over filled 1/4 cup for your waffles. 

Heat the pan to 5-6 on med high and cook the pancakes for a couple of minutes per side until slightly golden and flip:) place in the waffle iron and use as directed. 

If you want these fancier or fluffier use milk instead of water

This made 12 pancakes and 8 waffles. But if you want the perfect sized waffles i'd strongly suggest 1/3 cup of batter. 

Enjoy! 















Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Cream filled cracker cookies



This cookie is inspired by the fact I wanted a crunchy textured cookie made from a base of graham cracker. And it had to be filled with something magic. 

I will say, not everyone is likely to be craving a cocoa graham cookie filled with cream cheese filling so, make at your own risk. they are not super sweet.

Ingredients for cookie:
1/2 cup white flour
1/2 cup w.w. Flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup butter
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 Tbsp water

Take the dry ingredients and mix together, then use your hands or a spoon to mix the butter in, once the butter has been in and the mixture looks like larger dark flakes of flour add 1 tbsp of water at a time and then push the mixture into one mass with your hands. Cut the dough into 12 equal sized portions or scoop with a cookie scoop.  Roll into balls and flatten into similarly sized pieces. Bake at 300F for 20 mins.

Once cooled match the cookies to the most similar size and fill with your icing. 

Filling:
4 oz cream cheese
1 cup icing sugar 

Cream the cream cheese until softened in your bowl with a fork then add the icing sugar and mix with your fork until blended and smooth. You can add vanilla or other things. But I didn't,

If you make this let me know your thoughts makes 6 large sandwich cookies