Thursday, April 22, 2010

Homemade Pizza


2 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
2/3 c. water
1/4 c. vegetable oil
3tbs of sugar
3tps of vinegar


Tomato sauce
Chopped onion
Shredded cheese of your choice (mozzarella)


Mix flour, salt, baking powder ,water, sugar and vinegar . Knead on floured counter just until workable and spreadable, about 2 minutes. Put on pizza pan, with fingers spread vegetable oil on crust (helps so tomato sauce won't soak in crust) then put tomato sauce on. Next put on anything from the list above on it and cheese on top. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Homemade Pretzles


  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

Place the milk in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat until warm, about 110F on an instant-read thermometer. Remove from the heat.

Combine 1 tablespoon of the oil with the yeast and sugar in a large mixing bowl.

Pour in the warm milk and stir with a large wooden spoon or rubber spatula until the yeast and sugar are dissolved. After a few minutes you should see bubbles appear on the surface of the mixture this will let you know that the yeast is working. Let rest until slightly thickened and foamy, about 5 minutes.

Add the flour and the salt to the yeast mixture, stirring well with a large wooden spoon or rubber spatula until all the flour is mixed in.

Place the dough on an unfloured work surface and knead until smooth, about 3 to 5 minutes. (Or you can mix the dough in a standing electric mixer fitted with a dough hook.)

Grease a large mixing bowl with the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat lightly with the oil.

Cover with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm, draft-free place and let rise until doubled in size, about 2 hours.

Make sure that the oven rack is in the center position and preheat the oven to 425?F.

Beat the egg in a small mixing bowl and set aside.

Remove the dough from the bowl and use a rolling pin to roll it out onto an unfloured surface into a 12 by 10-inch rectangle. It's good to measure with a ruler.

Cut the dough in half both vertically and horizontally, so that you end up with 4 rectangles of equal size. Repeat with each of the 4 pieces, and you'll end up with 16 equal-size pieces of dough.

Roll one piece between your hands and the surface to form a long, thin roll (like a snake), about 1/2 inch in diameter and 14 inches long. (Note: If the dough becomes too dry to work and will not stretch, wet your hands slightly and then try rolling it again.)

Bring the ends up to form a U shape and cross one end over the other at the top. Bring the ends down and across each other as though making a bow and press down on the ends to seal.

Place the formed pretzel on an ungreased baking sheet and repeat with the remaining pieces of dough, keeping the pretzels at least an inch apart.

With a pastry brush, paint each pretzel with the beaten egg and sprinkle lightly with the kosher salt.

Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Using oven mitts or pot holders, remove the baking sheet from the oven and transfer the pretzels with a turner to wire racks to cool.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Yield: 16 pretzels

Ps: You can put Cinnamon and brown sugar on top instead of salt. You can also use garlic.