30 March 2010
adapted from Food Network Kitchens
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
3/4 C sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 C flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
seedless raspberry jam
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla until just combined. Stir in the dry ingredients until combined. Refrigerate while the oven preheats at 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Scoop and form into 1.5" balls and place on cookie sheet. Use the back of a 1/2 tsp measuring spoon to press an indentation into the center of the ball. This is the thumbprint part, so you can, in fact, use your thumbs to do this. Fill with about 1/2 tsp of jam. Bake for 14 minutes or until edges just brown.
Makes about 2 dozen.
29 March 2010
Oh, and what are these basics everyone should have in his/her pantry, you ask? Besides a nice variety of spices, some kind of starch (rice, couscous, pasta, etc), frozen shrimp (one of the fastest proteins to defrost), eggs (multipurpose - cooking AND baking!), parmesan cheese (keeps for a long time), butter (duh, it's butter!), frozen peas (personal preference, any frozen veggie will do), and lemons (keep in the fridge). You can make plenty of meals using these ingredients. And here's tonight's:
One note: I made a whole pot of brown rice first so I could have some for leftovers. I only used about a third of it for tonight's meal. I should have added peas to the rice... next time!
10 March 2010
06 March 2010
I actually made 2 doughs - a plain one and one with 1/2 tsp each of garlic powder and oregano. Once we covered the 2 half pizzas with some mushrooms, tomatoes, diced onions, and over a pound of cheese (seriously - 1 lb mozz and maybe a quarter cup of grated parm), you couldn't tell the difference in doughs. But I think the garlic/oregano one would be awesome on a white pizza or as breadsticks.
Super Easy Pizza Dough
adapted from allrecipes.com
2 Tbsp olive oil
In a small bowl, dissolve the dry yeast into the water, and sprinkle 1 tsp white sugar on top. Allow to sit for about 10 minutes, or until foamy.
In a large bowl, combine the other tsp sugar, flour, salt, and olive oil. Pour in the yeast mixture and beat until a stiff dough has formed. I used my kitchen aid hand mixer with the dough attachments to make it super quick, then knead it 4 or 5 times until it was a soft, supple ball.
If using a cookie sheet, place on sheet. If using a baking stone, either use a pizza peel to slide the dough ontot it, or carefully take it out of oven and place the dough on it, then put back in. Don't burn yourself! Make sure to kind of press little dents all over the dough so the middle doesn't rise so much.