Saturday, March 29, 2008
Eat your heart out Domino's, Pizza Hut, and where ever else pizza is made....
As I've mentioned before .. I'm on a mission to save $$. The cost of things going up and up is driving me insane as I feel MOST of the increase is not justified. Some yes I can see.. but others.. NO WAY!
I'm not big on eating out anyway.. but every once in awhile my family DOES ... So I improvised and asked them if I could make homemade pizza instead of ordering it.. They agreed.. This was two weeks ago.. and now it's requested daily ( next to my mac & cheese Ü)... So it was Friday night last night and hubby asked for the pizza.. so I made it... Here are a couple pics.. One pepperoni and the other ( hubby request) hamburger and mushrooms...
And a picture of a couple of lovely children enjoying it!!
Want the Recipe? Here it is...
It is a Bread Machine Recipe. I have two bread machines so I took the time to make 4 pizza's last night. I also bought blocked cheese and shredded it myself to keep the cost down.. We like Colby Jack on our pizza.. that's why you see the white and yellow cheese.
This is BASIC Pizza Dough .. Feel free to add any spices you would like to the dough.
Basic Pizza Dough
1 cup water
2 TBSP of olive or vegetable oil
3/4 tsp salt
3 cups bread flour
2 tsp of yeast
1 TBSP cornmeal
Add water, oil, salt, bread flour,and yeast to bread machine pan in the order of suggested by manufacturer. Select dough cycle. When cycle is complete, remove dough from machine to a lightly floured surface. If necessary, knead in enough flour to make dough easy to handle.
For EACH pizza, grease pan and sprinkle with cornmeal. Roll out dough and place on pan or pat dough in p an. Top each pizza with sauce and the toppings of YOUR choice. Bake at 425* for 15-25 minutes or until done --pizza is done when the edges of crust are golden and cheese is bubbly.
Another recipe I wanted to make was Homemade Waffles... I was going to whip up a batch and flash freeze them and then bag them up for morning breakfasts. So I wanted to do a test run on a FRUGAL recipe.. I didn't want to make them from a box mix ( because that too is going up in price).. so I whipped some up!!
So here they are Chocolate Chip Pancakes.. and to make the chocolate chips go further.. I chopped them up into pieces...
UNFORTUNATELY...... They did not last long... Rule #1.. Make these when NO children are around.... They were PROCLAIMED the BEST WAFFLES ever eaten by all 3.....I'm not sure though.. the ones I had at Disney World were pretty dog-gone good!!!
Chocolate Chip Waffles
1-3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1-1/2 cups milk
1 TBSP butter, melted
1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg, separated
1 TBSP sugar
1/2 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
Combine first 3 ingredients in a large mixing bowl;set aside. Whisk milk, butter, vanilla and egg yolk together until frothy; add to flour mixture, stirring well. Set aside. Blend egg white until stiff peaks form; fold into flour mixture. Gently stir in chocolate chips. Pour by 1/2 cupfuls onto a hot, greased waffle iron; heat according to manufacturer's instructions. Makes 6 servings.
No Syrup NEEDED!~!~
Because I have spent so much time on my cooking I just wanted to share quickly what I'm reading now...