Thursday, October 29, 2009


Tonight for dinner the kids wanted to make their own pizzas so we opted for the stuffed pizza choice. We had so much fun making them. I just used my regular pizza dough recipe.

Mix together:
1 ½ cups warm water 1 ½ TBL yeast
1/8 cup sugar

Then add:
1/6 cup oil 1 TBL salt
3 1/3 cup flour

Mix all together. Let dough rise for approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour. Then knead onto pizza pan. Preheat oven to 400. Cook dough for 5 minutes. Take dough out of oven and then add toppings. Cook for an additional 15 minutes.

For the calzones, I didn't pre-cook the dough. After all the toppings were stuffed inside, I brushed the top of the dough with egg white and cooked it for 20 minutes. The kids gobbled them up!

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

We tried a different cookie recipe for Halloween this year. I got the recipe from this blog.

1 cup unsalted butter (I used margarine)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg
5 cups flour (can do half whole wheat)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. salt
1 cup raisins, chopped (can sub mini chocolate chips or other dried fruit)

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat well. With mixer running on low, slowly add the honey and molasses. Beat well.

Whisk together the dry ingredients. Add a cup at a time to the creamed mixture.

Scrape the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl to make sure there isn’t any flour left. Add the raisins. Transfer the dough to an airtight container or large Ziploc bag. Chill until very cold–about 4 hours or overnight.

Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface and cut with cookie cutters.

Bake cookies on parchment-lined baking sheets at 375 degrees F for 6-7 minutes (shorter for smaller cookies, longer for larger cookies) or until cookies are firm to the touch and lightly golden. (If you like crisp cookies, bake for longer.)

Decorate as desired.