Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough

  • Servings: 1 Medium 14 inch pizza, 8 slices
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Here is a pizza dough recipe that has 5 ingredients and is quick. Every recipe I’ve ever done for pizza dough required bread flour. I needed to use a bread machine or my large mixer. Right now, during this pandemic, flour is a commodity and bread flour is a rarity. This little recipe makes a nice 14 inch thin crust pizza.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup of white flour (I use unbleached flour)
  • 2 tbsp of cornmeal
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 cup of low fat or zero fat milk
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil

Directions

  1. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl
  2. Stir in milk and oil until a soft dough forms
  3. Turn dough on a lightly floured surface and kneed 10 times. Shape into a ball.
  4. Cover dough with inverted bowl for 10 minutes
  5. Roll dough into 14 inch circle
  6. Bake in preheated oven at 400 for 8 minutes. Top with your favourite toppings and bake for another 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

  • If dough is too dry while forming dough, add milk one tablespoon at a time
  • I use a pizza stone. If you do, preheat for 10 minutes at 400

Nutrition Per Serving

  • Calories 112
  • Sugar 0.7 g
  • Carbohydrates 17 g
  • Protein 3 g
  • Fiber 0.6 g

This is where the fun begins. What you put on it is the way to make it your own. You can use a bechamel sauce with chicken and peppers. You can use a salsa and ground beef. You can do traditional pizza sauce with pepperoni. If you are a meat lover you could do bacon, ground beef, pepperoni. The possibilities are endless. Have fun and make it your own. Let me know what kind of toppings you decide on.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bites

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bites

  • Servings: 20 Balls
  • Difficulty: Easy
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A great little treat for children of all ages. It is quick and easy to make. So let’s get to it, shall we.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup of toasted shredded coconut (if you only have flakes, toast them, then chop them)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup of mini semi chocolate chips (if you only have regular chocolate chips or bakers bar chocolate, you can chop or grate to small pieces)
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl
  2. Roll and compress the mixture into balls from one heaping tablespoon and place on parchment paper
  3. Refrigerate a few minutes until firm and transfer to air tight container
  4. Refrigerate and enjoy for up to a week

Nutrition Per Serving, one ball

  • Calories 88
  • Sugar 2 g
  • Carbohydrates 10 g
  • Protein 2 g
  • Fiber 1.2 g

The original recipe called to add chia seeds, being allergic was not an option for me but feel free to do so. One tablespoon would add very little calories and about 0.2 g of protein to each ball.

This is where you can fun. You could add cinnamon or chopped walnuts, or use chunky peanut butter vs smooth, chopped almonds. If you are calorie conscious watch how much you add of nuts and also the consistency so it can hold together but have fun and make it your own.

Best Fudgy Chocolate Cake

Best Fudgy Chocolate Cake

  • Servings: 16
  • Difficulty: Easy
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I used to make cakes from scratch and then I got lazy. Yes I admit it, I was using cake mixes. Seemed easier. I still did a lot of baking but standard vanilla or chocolate cakes, I was using mixes. So a couple of weeks ago, a sweet young man was telling me of desserts he was making his dad. Got me thinking, ok maybe I should make a dessert, so I did. I made a vanilla cake. Turned out quite good. So this week I made a chocolate cake. I think that will be the end of my making cakes from cake mixes.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp of pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • 3/4 cup boiling water with 2 tsp instant coffee

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9×13 baking dish
  2. Sift flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder in a small bowl.
  3. Beat the egg, sugar, oil, sugar, milk and vanilla extract together in a large bowl until smooth.
  4. Pour in the boiling water with coffee and mix well.
  5. Add flour mixture to the egg mixture gradually, stirring until smooth.
  6. Pour the batter into the baking dish. Place in preheated oven and bake for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean with very small amount of cake on the toothpick due to the fudge texture.
  7. Let cool for 20 minutes before frosting or serving.

Nutrition Per Serving

  • Calories 250
  • Fat 9 g
  • Carbohydrates 38 g
  • Protein 3 g
  • Fiber 1 g

You can serve straight, you can ice it, with fruit, or of course ice cream. I have a chocolate ganache recipe if you like. All you need to do is ask.

Have fun and make it your own.

Pudding Chomeur

Pudding Chomeur

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: Easy
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When asked about a dessert reflecting my heritage, a few came to mind but this one somehow means more to me about the heritage. If you translate the name to this dessert it means pudding of the unemployed.

This dessert was created by female factory workers during the Great Depression in Quebec, Canada. Back then the dessert was made with stale bread, in modern times it is made with a cake batter.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup margarine (yes again)
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325. Grease a 9×13 baking dish
  2. Sift flour and baking powder in a small bowl. Beat the egg, sugar and 1/4 cup of margarine together in a large bowl until smooth. Add flour mixture and milk alternatively to the egg mixture, stirring until smooth. Pour the batter into the baking dish.
  3. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Stir in the brown sugar, remaining margarine and vanilla extract and bring to a boil for 2 minutes. Gently pour the sauce over the batter
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes.

Nutrition Per Serving, 1 of 10

  • Calories 400
  • Fat 7gram
  • Carbohydrates 71 g
  • Protein 3
  • Fiber 0.4

You can serve straight, best is hot, and if you really have a sweet tooth and don’t mind the risk of sugar overload, serve with ice cream.

Have fun and make it your own.