Pizza!

My friend, Tiffany, shared this.

INGREDIENTS:

• 1 teaspoon white sugar (or Splenda®)
• 1-and-a-half cups warm water (about 110° F)
• 1 tablespoon/packet active dry yeast
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 2 cups whole wheat flour
• 1-and-a-half cups all-purpose flour
• one-half cup of cornmeal (My personal tweak — makes the crust better!)

DIRECTIONS:

In a large bowl, dissolve sugar in warm water. Sprinkle yeast over the top and let stand for 10 minutes until foamy.

Stir olive oil and salt into the yeast mixture, then mix in the flour and cornmeal until dough starts to come together. Tip dough onto floured surface and knead until all the flour has been absorbed and the ball of dough becomes smooth. Place dough in an oiled bowl (I coat the sides of the mixing bowl I used, rather than dirty another bowl), cover with a kitchen towel, and let stand in a warm place until the dough doubles in size (about one hour).

Tip dough back out onto floured surface and divide into 2 halves for thin crust pizza, or leave whole for a deep-dish style pizza. Form into tight ball(s) and let rise for 45 minutes or so.

Preheat oven to 425° F. Roll a ball of dough with a rolling pin until it will not stretch any further. Then, drape it over both fists and gently pull edges outward while slowly rotating the dough. When the circle has reached the desired size, place on a well-oiled pizza pan or screen. Spoon your favorite sauce (I make my own from canned tomato sauce, minced garlic, chopped onions, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper) onto the crust, then add toppings (meats, veggies, cheeses). I use cheese with 2% milk fat, for less saturated fat; it’s healthier, and better for one’s cholesterol numbers.

Bake for 15 – 25 minutes (depending on thickness, how fast your oven cooks, and how crispy you want your crust). Ideally, the crust should be crisp and golden at the edges, and cheeses should be nicely melted on top.

Enjoy!

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(Blue)Berry Muffins

Recipe adapted from Food.com’s Sweetest Blueberry Muffins.

  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temp
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (or Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 212 cups fresh or frozen blueberries 

Cream butter, add sugar, then eggs. When fluffy add vanilla, baking powder and salt. Alternate flour and milk. Fold in berries.

Bake in buttered muffin tins at 375ºF for 15-20 minutes.  Makes 24 medium sized muffins.

We think any firm bits would work nicely, raspberries, strawberries, chocolate chips…

Marcia’s Mango Butter

4.5 lbs ripe mangoes, peeled and cut into chunks
1 c. fresh lime juice
1 c. granulated sugar
2 cinnamon sticks

Puree mangoes and lime juice. Strain into large cooking pot (to remove any stray bits of seed.) Add sugar and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a simmer over medium heat to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat to low and cook 60-75 minutes until very thick. (Holds shape when mounded on a spoon.) Stir every 10 to 15 minutes to prevent scorching. Fill and cap jars. Process in canning kettle for 15 minutes.

My friend found this in Canning for Dummies.

Vegan Whipped “Cream”

1 (15oz) can Hanover chickpeas or white beans, with or without salt

1/3 cup Billy Bee honey or In The Raw agave OR 1/2 cup fine Domino sugar or xylitol (vegans: use the non-honey options)

Optional pinch McCormick cream of tartar, for stabilization

Feel free to add a little McCormick pure vanilla or almond extract

Instructions:

Open the can of beans and drain the watery part into a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl. (Save the actual beans for a different recipe.) You should have about 1/2 cup chickpea liquid. Add all other ingredients, and beat with an electric mixer or in a stand mixer for 12-16 minutes. Cover and refrigerate any leftovers. It separates overnight, but re-beating works perfectly.

 

My friend, Monica, pointed me to this on a clickbait website.

Mika’s Crinkle Bread

baked in springform pan, diameter 26cm or 28cm

dough:
6.5 c. flour (I use spelt flour)
1 1/4 c. water, warm (37º celsius)
1 pkg yeast (42g)
half teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
3.5 Tbsp oil 

Mix all together, put some flour on your table and roll the dough out, size of a baking pan (rectangular).

butter of herbs:
1/2 c. butter 
1 teaspoon salt
3 leafs parsley and 3 of basil chopped
1 garlic clove and 1 onion chopped

Mix all together, spread over the dough

cut the dough every five centimeters in strips, folded the strips like an accordion.

oil a springform and preheat the oven 200º celsius

put the folded dough in the springform, bake for 25 up to 30 minutes

I forgot: instead of 200º celsius I heat up only to 360º Fahrenheit

But for 2-3 persons I take only the half of all ingredients and all-purposed flour (don’t use your self-rising flour) . And usually I don’t make the butter by myself. You can also use normal butter with some chopped cheese or butter with only salt and pepper (picture). My dough is thin like my little finger (7-10mm), less isn’t good – could be too dry after baking. after cutting the dough in strips, I put little pieces of butter on the strips, then i fold the dough

when the dough is finish, I preheat the oven and this time is enough for the yeast to work … I think it’s approximately 15 minutes.

I asked about the onion thinking that sounded like a lot and she responded with: It depends on what you prefer, the recipe means common onion but I prefer the green spring onions.

edit, I would use 4 green onions (spring onions)

mika crinkle bread

This is Mika’s picture of her bread

https://ello.co/mikacuervo/post/yuajsbch1qyzvulz3vhssq