Here we go.
Annelih's Supreme Pizza:ingredients
Pizza dough from your local supermarket --- (I have yet to make my own pizza dough. Although I love cooking, I haven't ventured into making my own breads or doughs yet. One day.)
Pizza Sauce --- (This I did do from scratch!)
[thank you to www.allrecipes.com for the recipe! --- http://allrecipes.com/recipe/easy-pizza-sauce-iii/]
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 tablespoon ground oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons dried minced garlic
1 teaspoon ground paprika
Mozzarella cheese. (About 2 cups. More or less. I measure by the handful. But I have small hands.)
Your favorite toppings! I chose:
Green Peppers, diced - 1/4 to 1/2 cup
Fresh Mushrooms, diced - 1/4 to 1/2 cup
Red Onion, diced - 1/4 to 1/2 cup
Pepperoni - 1/4 cup
Canadian Bacon, diced - 1/4 to 1/2 cup
A little bit of oil to grease the pan
Pizza pan. Whatever size you want. Just be aware that your pizza dough has got to cover the majority of the pan.
Rolling pin (optional)
Pizza cutter (also optional, but highly recommended)
1. If your dough comes with a label on the front (like mine did), read the directions. Mine said to preheat the oven to 400 degrees F, so I did that.
Leave the dough out so it has a chance to relax at room temp. It will be easier to work with later.
2. Whenever there is chopping, slicing, and dicing, I always get that outta the way first.
Chop up the green pepper, fresh mushrooms, & Canadian bacon into bite size pieces. Chop until you think you have enough to cover the entire pizza. Set aside.
3. Make the pizza sauce. It is SO EASY. Like the name!
a. Open the cans of tomato sauce & tomato paste. Spatula both into a medium bowl. Stir until smooth.
b. Add the dried herbs in & mix! Done.
4. Now, the fun part: Workin' the dough.
Ok, there are a couple ways to do this:
a. Roll the dough out on a floured surface until it's to the size you want.
b. Stretch the dough out by hand on the lightly greased pan until it's to the size you want. (I obviously chose this option because I don't have a fancy device like a rolling pin.)
This takes a few minutes.
- Lightly grease your pan with oil. I pour a little bit of oil on the pan, then take a paper towel, and spread it around, covering every inch of the pan.
- Take the dough of the bag and place it on the center of the pan.
- Now, the fun part! ---> start working that dough, stretching it, flipping over from one side to the other, all the while gently doing this so that there are no tears in the dough, but so that it covers the entire pan.
There will be air bubbles, so be careful of those. Try not to tear the dough! And try to work the dough as evenly as possible over the pan. It does not have fill the whole pan, but the majority of it. Doesn't have to look perfect 'cause that's the beauty of homemade!
5. Spread the pizza sauce all over the dough, as evenly as possible. You won't use all of it. Put the rest of it in a plastic container & fridge it.
6. Top the pizza! I do it in layers:
1st layer: Mozzarella -- 2 handfuls
2nd layer: All the veggies & meat
3rd layer: More mozzarella -- 2 handfuls
7. It's ready to go! Pop it in the oven for 20 minutes.
And it comes out like this:
At this point, I realized we do not own a pizza cutter. Oops! I used a big knife, still served the same purpose.
I cut it up into 4 big slices, but that was according to my pan size.
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
So I learned something new about my bf. One of his favorite cookies are white chocolate macadamia nut cookies. I had no clue! I've never been a fan of cookies with nuts in them, but I figured if he loves them, why not give them a shot? And I'm glad I did. They are so delicious. Especially this recipe. They just Melt. In. Your. Mouth.
adapted from Joy the Baker & Betty Crocker
This recipes makes about 2 dozen small cookies.
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter (Joy says to not use margarine, so I didn't. Had to actually go out & buy butter!)
- 1 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons milk
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 coarsely chopped macadamia nuts (These took awhile to find. They were not in the baking aisle. Had to go to the chips aisle where they have peanuts and found a can of macadamia nuts. Not chopped up already, but they are easy to chop!)
- 1 cup white chocolate chunks
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Take a medium saucepan and put it on medium heat. Melt the butter, stirring the butter until it browns. This takes about 5-7 minutes. Once the butter is browned, remove the pan from the heat and set aside to cool a bit.
3. Measure out the dry ingredients, combine in a bowl, and set aside.
Chop up the macadamia nuts, set aside in a different bowl.
Add egg and beat for another minute.
Add the milk and vanilla extract and beat to incorporate.
mixer in motion
5. Turn the mixer off, scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the dry ingredients all at once.
With either the stand mixer on low, or by hand with a spatula, incorporate the dry ingredients until just mixed in. I did it by hand, more fun.
Fold in the chopped nuts and white chocolate chips.
Tip: Turn the bowl while you are simultaneously folding in the nuts & chips. Incorporates easier.
6. Take a spoon and measure out little balls of dough the size of 2 teaspoons onto a lined baking sheet.
7. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cookies are deliciously golden. Remove from the oven and let them rest on the baking sheet for 3 minutes before enjoying!
Shout out to my friend, Rhiannon, who mentioned my blog in her food blog! Thanks, girl!
She makes delicious cupcakes & as well as other goodies. Her latest post has some British nomsnoms to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee (60 years, holla). Check her blog out at: http://rhiscupcakes.blogspot.com/?spref=fb