Thursday, August 19, 2010

pizza pockets

Thanks to Our Best Bites we had a new hit for our "easy" dinner tonight! Pizza hot pockets. My boys are going through a pizza phase this week so i thought i'd try something new!

We had pepperoni, bacon, shallot and cheese with a homemade tomato sauce! A little juicy, maybe we will make sticks and dip them in the sauce next time......but SO delicious! Be great for a picnic lunch or lunchbox treat! The bacon bit on top is how we told the different fillings apart as we each made our own! Lots of fun!

Pizza Dough

adapted from Our Best Bites

1 1/2 cups warm (105-115 degrees) water
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. yeast
1/2 tsp. salt
3-4 1/2 cups flour

In a large bowl combine water, sugar, and yeast. Let stand for 10 minutes or until yeast is bubbly.

Add salt and stir. Add 1 1/2 cups flour and mix well.
Gradually add more flour (usually between 3-4 cups, depending on your elevation and your humidity) until dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl and it barely sticks to your finger.

Spray with cooking spray or rub oil in a glass or metal bowl and place dough in the bowl. Cover and allow to rise for 45 minutes or until doubled in size.

Remove from bowl and place on a lightly-floured surface. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Roll out into a rectangle to cut pieces out of or a circle for a pizza base.
This is where you fill and roll your pieces or top your pizza....the variations are endless!

Cover pan and allow dough to rise for another 30 minutes. When there's about 15 minutes to go, preheat your oven to 425. When done rising, bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

Monday, August 16, 2010

sour cream chocolate cake

Only the best thing to satisfy a chocolate craving!

This recipe is from Smitten Kitchen i used the chocolate cake in my birthday cake this year! I used my favourite chocolate frosting" recipe too!

This is and has been my new favourite moist rich chocolate cake recipe!!

The reason behind making this is my husband had a chocolate cake craving at around 10pm.....and considering we had all the ingredients to make this delicious recipe i thought, ah what the hell. I'll do it! I didn't really think about it though, i was up til midnight with all the baking and waiting to cool, then icing =) BUT hubby was a happy chappy when i brought him up the first slice. I have to admit, it's an easy recipe and turns out great every time!!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

no-bake chocolate peanut butter cookies

When you have a husband who gets sweet cravings late at night and a 5 year old who likes a "treat" every now and then, but keeping in mind he doesn't like 'actual' have to keep something at hand. Something they both like and will eat and don't fuss about! haha!

I was browsing as i always do and came across Brown Eyed Baker's No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies! Perfect! No baking is great as it is SO HOT this summer here in Southern Ontario, and it is made with cocoa so no "real" chocolate as our little one says.

Now i made these once a couple of weeks ago and found them a little too sweet and a little too chocolatey SO here is the adjusted recipe i made for the second time round, in bar form, and they turned out a really nice slice,nutty, chewy and not too sweet! =) Thanks again BEB!

½ cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup sugar
½ cup milk
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
½ cup peanut butter
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups quick-cooking oats
4 cups rice krispies

1. Add the butter, sugar, cocoa and milk to a large saucepan.

2. Bring to a boil and let boil for 1 minute.

3. Remove from heat.

4. Stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until smooth, then stir in the oats and rice krispies until they are thoroughly coated and mixed in.

5. Press into a baking pan or rectangle glass dish.

6. Refrigerate until set, then slice into bars.
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