baking, bread, dough, Uncategorized, yeast

Homemade Bread

It’s been a looooooong time since I’ve been able to post! All my time lately has been taken up by classes, moving, and this adorable face.

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Isn’t she cute?! Maizy the goldendoodle is the newest addition to our little family, and we adore her. BUT she sure does need a lot of attention!

WHEN I do happen to find some spare time, I’m still baking and cooking away. My weekly ritual since Christmas has been to bake a loaf of bread, because over the holidays in some weird kind of resolution, I decided that I’m going one of those people who makes everything from scratch, starting with my bread. In the last 4 months, that’s exactly what I’ve done.

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I’ve dabbled with a couple of old favorite bread recipes before I found the perfect blend of ingredients to make a fairly healthy and DELICIOUS loaf of soft bread. Nothing tastes better than a slice of warm bread from the oven.

You will need:

  • 1 1/2 C warm water
  • 1/2 Tbls yeast
  • 1/4 Tbls salt
  • 1/4 C honey
  • 1 Tbls olive oil
  • 2 C wheat flour
  • 2 C white flour

Mix your water and yeast. Allow to become foamy.

Combine everything except 1 cup of each flour in large mixing bowl. Once thoroughly mixed, add the rest of the flour.

Knead well on floured surface. Form a loaf and place in a greased bread pan. Cover with a towel and let raise for at least a half hour.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 mins. Allow bread to sit in plan for another 15 minutes before removing and enjoying a slice…or two…or more…

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Dinner, dough, Easy, pizza

Homemade Pizza

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One of the things I’ve found to be hard about being married is dinner, which surprises me, because I love to cook. But sometimes, I just run out of ideas. Or ingredients. And don’t know what to do.

So this was the situation I found myself in earlier this week. No dinner ideas, no inspiration waiting in the cupboard, nothing. I asked Tyler while we were enjoying our lunch break together if he wanted anything in particular for dinner. His answer was obvious: pizza. Should’ve seen that one coming! Tyler could eat pizza for every meal, every day.

But then he took his idea further. “Let’s make homemade pizza!” he says. I say, “Why not?” So we did!

I’ve used this dough recipe a few times and it’s worked very well for me, thanks to Mom’s Dish. Have fun making pizzas together and get creative with your toppings! We sure did! For this pizza, we used BBQ pizza sauce, cheddar cheese, chopped onion, red peppers, chicken, pineapple, and, on my half, corn (don’t knock it ’til you try it…TYLER).

For more traditional pizza, use pepperoni, sausage, and  homemade pizza sauce.

You will need:

  • 3 1/4 C Flour
  • 3/4 Tbls Yeast
  • 1 1/4 C Luke Warm Water
  • 1/2 Tbls Salt
  • 1/2 Tbls Sugar
  • 1/8 C Olive Oil

Mix yeast, water, salt, sugar and olive oil in a medium sized bowl. Once yeast starts to foam, add in your flour. Mix until flour is worked in. (Depending on the strength of your mixer, you may have to use your hands!)

Cover the bowl with plastic and let the dough raise for 1-2 hours. (We let our dough raise an hour and a half and it worked great.)

Roll out onto a greased pizza pan and top as desired!

Pizza bakes for 15 mins on 425 F. Yields one large pizza (feeds 4).