July 27, 2011

.pizza for your patience.

Oh. Uh. Hi guys. *sheepish look*

So... uh.... yeah. Long time no see. Not really sure what happened this month. I kind of just dropped off the face of the earth I guess. Unfortunately I'll probably do the same when the baby gets here next month.

I do have something way tasty to share with you though! And perhaps it will make up for my lack of posting? Yeah, okay, it's not really that great so it probably won't. It is most delicious though.

I made an awesome, super quick and easy, homemade pizza! And I didn't even burn the bottom this time. Go me! The dough I made for the crust is probably the easiest pizza dough ever. It only requires about 15 minutes of rise time. I love this because it's great for super busy folks. Nobody wants to sit around waiting for dough to rise for an hour! You can make this with all purpose flour or, as I did, with half wheat flour.

Fastest Pizza Dough Ever makes 1 large pizza crust or 2 large thin crusts
1 package of yeast
1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon oil
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
Pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Place yeast and warm water in a mixer bowl. Let the yeast dissolve. Stir in the oil, flour and salt. Stir to combine into a ball then knead the dough for 10 minutes. Place the dough back in the bowl and cover with a clean tea towel. Place the bowl on top of the stove over the warm oven. Let rise for 15 minutes.

Spray a baking sheet with a cooking spray, or lightly oil. Take the dough out of the bowl and knead for another few minutes. You can roll it out with a rolling pin or just use your hands to stretch it out on the pan like I did. Prick around the dough with a fork and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and place sauce, cheese and desired toppings on the pizza. Bake for another 12-14 minutes. Last night I used mozzarella cheese, olives, baby bella mushrooms and goat cheese. It was delish!



July 4, 2011

.bye, bye miss american pie.

To all my readers who celebrate July 4th I hope you're having a safe and awesome day!

I made a little something special to celebrate. What says "America" more than cool whip, strawberries and blueberries? Am I right? I whipped up this little pie in about 10 minutes.

Easy Peasy Berry Pie serves 6-8
1 package cheesecake pudding mix
1 1/2 cups milk
Roughly 1 cup of strawberries, sliced
Roughly 1 cup blueberries
1 graham cracker crust (I used a store bought crust)
1 tub of cool whip

Whisk the pudding mix, milk and about a cup of cool whip together. You can either put this straight into the pie crust, or you can put a few berries on the bottom of the crust beforehand. I did a layer of blueberries. Then put the pudding mixture, you will probably not use all of it. Then add a layer of cool whip on top. Decorate with the berries. Place in the fridge for a couple of hours, if you can be that patient. Serve!

Extra filling, FTW
Yeah, easiest thing ever. As tough as it is to wait for the pie to set, you should have some extra filling to "taste test," at least that's what I called it when I ate a cup of pudding. This pie was pretty delicious, but I will say I was disappointed in the blueberries I got. They didn't taste completely ripe. You can substitute any fruit you prefer for this pie but, in honor of America strawberries and blueberries were the obvious choice for today.