Sunday, October 6, 2013
Finally! Homemade Crust
One of my goals is to become a great cook. It's not fair that my dolls get all the good food. Of course, I haven't had much time to devote to this goal, but lately I've been able to squeeze in a few dishes. I made a fabulous cheesecake a couple weeks ago. It was my first and it was delectable. I would have shared pictures, but they got lost in my camera picture eating problem.
I've been wanting to learn how to make dough so I can make bread, pasta, pies, and pizza dough. Today I tackled pizza dough and homemade brownies.
Here is the finished pizza. The crust could have been a little darker, but it was still good. It's a barbeque chicken pizza with onions, mushrooms, and green peppers.
Here is a picture of the risen yeast dough. I was oh so excited to see it actually doubled in size like they said it would. During the kneading process, I wasn't convinced I was doing it right.
I picked up this pizza pan at Aldi's a couple days ago, for $3.99. It has slits in the bottom, which helps the crust cook better. I made this sauce about a week ago from fresh tomatoes, and herbs. I make homemade spaghetti sauce pretty regularly.
For my toppings, I chose mushrooms, onions and green peppers. I lightly sauteed them before adding them on top a layer of pizza cheese.
Then I added the barbeque chicken. I grilled a couple chicken breasts on my stove top grill. While it was grilling, I quickly made a barbeque sauce with ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and lots of spices.
These are fresh basil leaves from my basil plants outside. No, I don't have a garden, but it's on the list. How awesome would it be to just walk outside and get fresh food from your garden.
Here's the pizza all assembled.
I should have waited to put the fresh basil on after the pizza came out of the oven. Oops. But it worked out okay. I drizzled a little of my barbeque sauce throughout the pizza.
While I was waiting for the dough to rise, I made a pan of homemade brownies. This is a recipe I got from Martha Stewart's Cooking School that comes on PBS on Saturday. That woman had me melting dark chocolate over a bain de marie (water bath). I left these in the oven about 5 minutes too long, but they were still tasty. Definitely need some milk with these! Talk about chocolaty.
Another picture of the finished pizza. I got a thumbs up from my mom.
Next time I will try to get the pizza crust a little browner and the brownies a little less brown. LOL! But all in all a successful cooking session.