Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas Day - Vanilla Yogurt Waffles, Homemade Pizza!


My laziness has gotten the best of me lately and it has been quite a while since I last posted. I have been doing a lot of cooking lately but haven't been tracking any of it since I'm always too hungry while cooking. I just like to get it made and scarf it down :). Christmas day I had all the time in the world to indulge in the glory of food (as if Christmas Eve dinner wasn't enough, haha). At the request of my mother, I made vanilla yogurt waffles for breakfast Christmas morning. They were a big hit and everyone overstuffed themselves as we reminisced about old times. It was a perfect Christmas morning. :)

Vanilla Yogurt Waffles


Ingredients:
·         1 ¼ cups AP flour
·         ½ teaspoon salt
·         3 teaspoons baking powder
·         3 tablespoons sugar
·         1 egg
·         1/3 cup half & half or whipping cream
·         2/3 cup water
·         ¼ cup plain yogurt or greek yogurt
·         2 tablespoons cooled melted butter
·         2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:
·         In a large bowl, sift together the flour, salt and baking powder
·         In a separate bowl, combine half & half/cream, water, yogurt, vanilla, egg, melted butter and sugar
·         Whisk together and combine dry ingredients with wet ingredients
Note: If the batter is too thick, add a little milk – It’s good to have thick batter though as it makes a fluffier waffle :D

Ashleigh enjoying some waffles on the couch


Personally, I love eating waffles with whipped cream and fresh fruit. My family loves them with butter and maple syrup. Either way, they are delicious!

After spending the day with family, we had homemade pizzas for dinner. I have the absolute best recipe for pizza dough. I prefer my pizzas thin so apologies to those that like thick crust.

Homemade Pizza

Ingredients:
·         ½ cup warm water
·         1 package (2 ¼ teaspoons) instant yeast
·         1 tablespoon sugar
·         1 ¼ cups room temperature water
·         2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
·         4 cups bread flour, plus additional for dusting
·         1 ½ teaspoons salt
·         Cornmeal for dusting
·         Olive oil or non-stick cooking spray for greasing a bowl for the dough to rise

Directions:
·         In a small bowl, combine the warm water, yeast and sugar
·         Allow the yeast mixture to settle for 3-5 minutes until the yeast fluffs up a bit
·         Add the room temperature water and oil to the yeast mixture, stir until combined
·         In a large bowl, combine flour and salt – Then add the liquid mixture, combine with a large spoon until it combines into one mass
·         Knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic, about 5-10 minutes.
·         Form the dough into a ball and place into a large greased bowl
·         Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and allow the dough to rise (in a warm area if possible) until it doubles in size (1-3 hours, depends on the temperature of where it is stored)
·         Once the dough rises, remove the plastic wrap and deflate the dough by pressing on it
·         Divide the dough in half, and half again, so there are 4 smaller dough balls
·         On a lightly floured surface, roll out a dough ball to preferred thickness – it tastes great when rolled out very thin
·         Top the dough with desired toppings, place on some foil with dusted cornmeal or a pizza stone, bake at 500 degrees for 6-10 minutes (until desired melty goodness :D)


Some Veggie Toppings

 Balls of dough, I made a half white/wheat combo to *cough* be a bit healthier, haha

Dough when rolled out

Garlic oil spread to brush on the crust, yummy!

Ashleigh's veggie pizza: plum tomatoes, spinach, peppers, mushrooms, pesto and Italian cheese 

My super steak pizza: hoisin sriracha glazed steak, mushrooms, peppers, onions, parmesan and mozzarella cheese. I'm gluttonous and like to put cheese on the crust too and get it all crispy :D

A slice of my steak pizza

There were 4 pizzas made in total and I am thoroughly pizza'd until next year! Bahahaha ;)

It was a fun filled and gluttonous Christmas day. I encourage you to give these recipes a try. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

-The Gluttonous Panda