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Thin & Crispy Pizza Crust

6 Oct

Basic recipe for pizza dough that is crispy, full of bubbles, and 50% whole wheat.

In a bread machine add in
1 cup warm water
2 tsp bread machine yeast
1 Tbsp sugar

Let sit 10 minutes.

Then add
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp oil

Set to the “dough” setting.

When ready, preheat the oven to 450 with a pizza stone in it.

In the meantime split the dough in half and roll out the dough to the shape of the pizza stone (or smaller).

(I like to freeze the remaining half of the dough for later use).

When hot, remove the pizza stone and dust with cornmeal.  Place your dough on it and top with a little olive oil and salt.

Bake for about 5 minutes.  If too big of bubbles form, open the oven and pop them down.

Remove the crust, add on your sauce and toppings, and bake until done.

Toasty Crackers

11 Aug

As a college student I’m not about to shell out $3-4 for a box of crackers that, frankly, I’ll eat in about 2 days.  This is a healthy, homemade, cheap, and delicious recipe to make your own.  They would be great for topping soups with, for dipping, packed into a lunch, or just as a snack for a busy day.

Toasty Crackers

 1 1/4 cup warm water
1 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp bread machine yeast
2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp flax meal
2 Tbsp oil (next time I’ll try coconut oil!)
seasonings

(For bread machine):

Add in the warm water, sugar and sprinkle yeast on top.  Let sit for 10 minutes.

Next, add in the all purpose flour, wheat flour, flax meal, salt and oil.

Put the machine on “dough” setting.

(By hand):

(I haven’t tried this by hand yet, so I can’t completely vouch for it.  But I’ll update this post once I have tried it).

Add the water, sugar and yeast to a bowl.  Let sit for 10 minutes.

In another bowl add the flours, flax meal and salt.

Mix the oil in with the yeast mixture.  Pour this mixture into a well in the dry mixture bowl.

Stir until incorporated.

Knead by hand for 15 minutes and let rise in a warm place for about an hour.

Once the dough is made and has risen (by either the bread machine or by hand), preheat an oven to 375 degrees.  Roll the dough out using a floured surface and a rolling pin.  Roll it out as thin as possible.  *the dough is slightly sticky so add small amounts of flour as you need to.

Using a pizza cutter, slice the dough into squares of desired size.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place the cut squares onto the sheet.

Spray or brush the squares with olive oil and sprinkle with seasonings (sesame seeds, italian seasonings, cajun seasoning, anything you’d like).

Spinkle the squares with salt (optional).

Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until browned slightly on the edges.

Basic Sandwich Bread

5 Aug

I had gotten a bread machine for Christmas and only until after the move did I have the space to use it!  So I tried out a basic sandwich bread recipe and it came out perfectly!  The crust was awesome and the bread tasted so good I ate only that for dinner : )  While I’m not a fan of the shape of the loaf (it is way too tall and yields HUGE slices), the machine is nice for in the summer when I don’t want to heat up my kitchen by using an oven.  I can’t wait to experiment with whole wheat versions and to make more complex loaves!

Loaf shape

For my bread machine (Food Network brand) the loaf yielded about 12 huge slices.

Adapted from this link:  http://www.food.com/recipe/throw-away-the-bread-machine-instructions-white-bread-339905

Directions:

Add the following in order to the bread machine:

1 cup warm water
2 Tbsp sugar (and stir)
2 1/4 tsp bread machine yeast

Let sit for 10 minutes (no less than this).

Now add the following ingredients in order:
4 Tbsp oil
3 cups bread flour
1 tsp salt

Follow the directions for “basic” on the machine, and then let it do all the work!

I loved this bread with garlic butter or just dipping it in olive oil and some spices, although it’s perfect to make sandwiches out of.