Perfect Pizza Recipe

      Ingredients
  • 500g strong white bread flour or tipo 00 flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 x 7g sachet dried yeast
  • semolina dusting, for dusting
  • 4 heaped tablespoons passata
  • olive oil
  • 120g Parmesan cheese
  • 200g buffalo mozzarella
  • ½ a bunch of fresh basil
  • extra virgin olive oil

     Method

Preheat the oven to 220ºC/425ºF/gas 7. Put the flour and salt into a large bowl. Add the yeast to 325ml lukewarm water and stir to dissolve, then gradually add to the flour, mixing well until you get a rough dough – if it’s too sticky, add a little more flour. Shape the dough into a ball, then cover with a tea towel and leave to rest for 5 minutes. On a flour-dusted surface, knead the dough for 8 to 10 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Split the dough into four equal-sized balls, knead each piece for a couple of minutes, then roll into balls and place on a clean semolina-dusted tray (if you don’t have semolina, it’s fine to use breadcrumbs too). Dust with a little more flour, cover with a damp tea towel and leave to rise in a warm place for around 2 hours, or until doubled in size.

On a flour-dusted surface, use your hands to stretch a ball of dough into a circle, roughly 35cm to 40cm in diameter – I try and get the dough to the thickness of a pancake, leaving the border slightly thicker. Repeat with the remaining dough, then sprinkle two large baking trays with the semolina and place the pizza bases on top.
Evenly spread the tomato sauce over each base – you don’t want to use too much as the pizza bases will get soggy. Drizzle with olive oil, grate over the Parmesan and tear the mozzarella and basil leaves on top. Place the pizza in the oven for 7 to 10 minutes, depending on how crispy you like them, then drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and eat straight away.

Lemon Cheesecake Mousse

Lemon

Ingredients
1 package (4 serving size) lemon Jello
½ cup boiling water
1 package (8oz) cream cheese, softened
½ cup cold water
1 cup Cool Whip
berries, for garnish

Instructions
Add lemon Jello to a bowl and pour in the boiling water. Stir until Jello is completely dissolved.
Pour Jello mixture into a blender. Add in cream cheese and cold water and blend for 1 minute or until smooth.
Pour mixture into a large bowl and add in Cool Whip. Mix together until well blended and smooth.
Spoon into four to six dessert dishes (depends on how full you want them). Place in the fridge for 2 hours.
When ready to serve, top with berries or Cool Whip.

BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe

Ingredients

For BBQ chicken:

10 ounces boneless/skinless chicken breasts cut into 3/4-inch cubes

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons favorite BBQ sauce (we use a spicy-sweet sauce)

For pizza:

2 balls CPK pizza dough or other premade pizza dough

Cornmeal, semolina, or flour for handling raw pizza dough

1/2 cup BBQ sauce

2 tablespoons shredded smoked Gouda cheese

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1/4 small red onion, sliced in 1/8-inch pieces

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Directions

Make the BBQ chicken: In a large frying pan, cook the chicken in olive oil over medium-high heat until just cooked, 5 to 6 minutes. Do not overcook. Set aside in the refrigerator until chilled through. Once chilled, coat the chicken with 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce; set aside in the refrigerator.

Preheat the oven: Place a pizza stone in the center of the oven and preheat to 500ºF for 1 hour before cooking pizzas.

Construct the pizzas: For each pizza, use a large spoon to spread 1/4 cup BBQ sauce evenly over the surface of the prepared dough within the rim. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon smoked Gouda cheese over the sauce. Cover with 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella.

Distribute half the chicken pieces evenly over the cheese (approximately 18 pieces). Place approximately 18 to 20 pieces of red onion over the surface. Sprinkle an additional 1/4 cup mozzarella over the top of the pizza.

Transfer pizza (or pizzas; the 2 pizzas may be prepared simultaneously if you are careful in placing the pizzas at opposite corners of your pizza stone) to the oven; bake until crust is crisp and golden and the cheese at the center is bubbly, 8 to 10 minutes. When pizza is cooked, carefully remove it from the oven; sprinkle 1 tablespoon cilantro over the hot surface. If necessary, repeat with remaining ingredients for a second pizza. Slice and serve.

Enjoy 🙂

How to Make S’mores Cupcakes!

S’mores Cupcakes
Makes 24 full size cupcakes or 48 minis

Graham Cracker Crust
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (9-10 graham crackers)
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
5 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions:
In a large bowl, stir together graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter until evenly coated. For full size cupcakes, place a tablespoon sized scoop of the mixture in the bottom of each baking cup. For mini cupcakes, place 1 teaspoon. Using a glass or end of a rolling pin, press down the graham cracker crumbs until they form a solid crust.
Bake at 350 F for 5 minutes to allow the base to harden. Cool for 5-10 minutes before filling with cupcake batter.

Chocolate Cupcake Batter (yields 18-24 cupcakes)
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
2 eggs
1 cup strong black coffee (or 1 heaping tablespoon espresso powder dissolved in 1 cup water)
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cupcake tin with baking cups.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the eggs, coffee, buttermilk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract and beat for 2-3 minutes on medium speed to mix. Batter will be liquidy.
Fill baking cups 2/3 of the way full and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean with a few crumbs. Cool cupcakes to room temperature before frosting.

Marshmallow Meringue
4 egg whites
1 cup granulated sugar
In a double boiler, whisk together the egg whites and sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved and the egg whites are warm to the touch, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat, transfer to a medium mixing bowl, and beat the egg whites until they form stiff, shiny peaks, about 5-8 minutes.

To Assemble
Fill a pastry bag with the marshmallow meringue and pipe the meringue on top of the cupcake. Alternatively, you may fill a large sealable plastic bag with the meringue, snip off the corner, and pipe it on top of the cupcakes. Using a kitchen torch, lightly toast the marshmallow meringue to resemble a toasted marshmallow. Alternatively, if a kitchen torch is not available, turn the oven onto broil and place the cupcakes on a cookie sheet in the top shelf of the oven. It will only take a minute or two to get a nice toasty marshmallow look, so watch them closely.