15 July 2011

The easiest thing you could ever bake...

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...that is also hard to mess up, unless you forget to add the egg on your second time making it because you are being over confident with the breezy-ness of this recipe.  
These bars are the newest hit in the house.  They take less than ten minutes to whip together and then only take about 30 minutes of baking time.  You most likely have all of the ingredients that you need AND they taste fantastic.  Oh, and seem to stay moist for days.  There is no losing with these suckers.
1 egg
1 stick butter, melted
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup flour
Plus, any additions you want.  We like coconut and pecans, but white chocolate macadamia or just regular chocolate chip would be great, too.  Dried cranberries and walnuts?  Be crazy!
Just quickly whisk up the egg and add the rest of the ingredients, incorporating with a spatula.  Preheat your oven to 350F while you're at it.
spread batter into greased square pan
bake at 350F for about 30 minutes
wait about 15min and cut into squares.
voila! ooey gooey bars in under an hour.

03 July 2011

i love saturdays

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Iced coffe, grocery shopping, laying out in the sun, and homemade pizza makes a Saturday everything that it should be.  I've been fooling around with my pizza dough recipe for almost a year now and I think that I finally found the best one.  It also happens to be the fastest and easiest, which I'm learning more and more is a huge selling point in my favoring of certain recipes.  Now, don't get me wrong... sometimes a detailed, complicated, and time consuming recipe is what you need to achieve certain outcomes, but pizza dough on a Saturday night is certainly not one of them.  
Alright, here we go...
2 cups flour (all purpose or whole wheat!)
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 package of dry active yeast
3/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup olive oil
Put all dry ingredients in mixer with dough hook attachment.  Mix on low speed until incorporated.  While mixer is running, pour in water and oil.  Mix on medium speed until ball forms, making sure to stop and scrape the sides of the bowl once or twice during the mix.  This should take a maximum of five minutes.
Remove the dough and work into ball.  Flatten and stretch into a 6in disc and wrap with plastic wrap.  Let rest for 20 minutes on counter.  In the meantime, preheat your oven to 400F.
After 20 minutes or so, come back to your dough and stretch it onto an oiled sheet or pizza pan.  Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges start turning golden.  Remove and lower oven temp to 350F.
Now, it's showtime! Put whatever ingredients you want on the pizza.  This particular night I made BBQ chicken with red onions, cilantro, and mozzarella.  You could go classic with a red sauce, pepperoni, and cheese or be creative!  It's hard to mess it up at this point.  
Put back in 350F oven and bake another 10-12 minutes or until the cheese gets bubbly and edges are golden brown. Remove and wait 5-10 minutes before cutting to let the ingredients come together and, hey... it's too hot!  hell-ooo!
What are some of your favorite pizza toppings?  I've been craving pear and gorgonzola... maybe we'll have pizza again tonight?