Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A day in the kitchen

Yesterday, I was busy in the kitchen. I hadn't baked bread in a while and I was eager to try a new recipe that Meg had loved. The honey oatmeal bread pictured above is absolutely fabulous.

And then I was trying to imagine up something for dinner. I decided to make calzones. They were pretty easy and extremely yummy! This is how I made them:

The dough:

1 pkg. yeast
1 T. sugar
2 T. oil
1 t. salt
2 3/4 c. flour

1. Dissolve yeast in 1 cup of warm water.
2. In another bowl, mix sugar, oil, salt and flour. Add to yeast and water.
3. Mix together until smooth.
4. Knead dough on a floured surface, about 10 min.
5. Cover and let rest for 30 min.

The filling:

Whatever pizza toppings you like!
Shredded Cheese
Garlic Powder
Italian Seasoning

Ahh, the beauty of choice...I made one with pepperoni and cheese and one with pepperoni, mushroom, red pepper, black olive and cheese. You have room to be creative here.

Putting it all together:

1. After dough is finished 'resting', divide it in half.
2. Roll each piece into a 10 in. circle.
3. On half of the circle, put all of your toppings - leave an edge to seal the two sides together.
4. Put shredded cheese on the toppings and then sprinkle with garlic powder and italian seasoning.
5. Fold over and pinch together to seal edges.
6. Put on a cookie sheet or baking stone (my baking stone worked really well)
7. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 min.
8. Melt 1 T. of butter, stir in some garlic powder, brush on top of calzones.
9. Return to oven for 10-15 min. more.
10. Serve with pizza sauce for dipping.

Pepperoni and cheese

Pepperoni, mushroom, red pepper, black olives and cheese

Yesterday, little Zoe girl got her first tooth. A baby milestone. And you really wouldn't have known without feeling her gums because she didn't put up too much of a fuss about it.
Happy days!

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