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Friday
Aug312012

Breakfast AND Dessert Pizza

Recently, a very exciting thing happened. I was featured in the October issue of Triathlete Magazine. They featured a recipe of mine for a breakfast pizza with Egg, Ricotta and Pesto. I love this recipe. It's healthy, packed with good things like protein, and you can even make it healthier-still with whole wheat crust and part-skim ricotta cheese (if you like, I'm not gonna twist your arm).

If you'd like to see the recipe, either pick up a copy of the October Triathlete Magazine, or check it out online here. The online version also features a BONUS recipe for Heirloom Tomato, Mango and Mint Pizza. Who doesn't like a bonus?

And speaking of bonuses, here's another: a dessert pizza.

Blackberry, Fontina Cheese and Mint Pizza

 
What I love most about this pizza is the flavor combination of tangy blackberries, sweet honey and the earthy Fontina cheese. It works very well for brunches but is also a fabulous addition to a cheese plate – that has extra Fontina, of course!

Ingredients:
1 cup blackberries, loosely chopped
1/2 cup Fontina Cheese, sliced into thin strips
Honey (as much as you like)
Fresh mint, chopped (as much as you like)

Process:
1. Slice up the blackberries and set aside.
2. Stretch out your pizza dough into a round and top with slices of Fontina cheese.
3. Place the blackberries on top of the cheese.
4. Drizzle with honey.
5. Bake in the oven at 500 degrees for about 10 minutes.
6. When it is finished cooking, remove the pizza from the oven and drizzle with a little bit more honey and sprinkle with mint.

And now for the dough recipes. I used whole wheat dough for each of these. Here's how to do it yourself:

What You Need
1 envelope dried yeast
1 cup warm water
3 cup all purpose flour or bread flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
¾ teaspoon salt
½ cup warm water
2 tablespoons olive oil

What You Do:
In a large bowl dissolve the yeast in 1 cup of warm water…stir in ½ cup of the flour.  Cover and let stand for about 30 minutes

Then add the other ½ cup of warm water salt and olive oil.  Slowly begin to add the remaining flour.  When all of the flour is incorporated knead the dough until it is smooth.  It may take about 10 minutes….

Then dust the dough lightly all over with flour and place in a bowl – covered with a cloth  to rise for about 1 hour.

When it has doubled in size, punch down the dough and divide into 4 parts.  Form each fourth into a smooth ball and let rise covered on a floured board for 30 minutes.  In the meantime heat the oven to 500 degrees for 30 minutes.

And if you're looking for more recipes from the "Triathlete Kitchen" - check THESE out.

Wednesday
May042011

Waffles for Mother's Day

 

I was gifted a waffle maker.

One day my boss said to me, "I don't know what I'm going to do with this, do you want it?"

When asked if I want a brand new waffle maker, regardless of whether or not I already had one (I didn't), I answer in the affirmative. Because why wouldn't you? Think of the possibilities!

Like waffles, which are like pancakes with special flavor cubby holes. And these particular waffle cubbies pack in a lot of flava. Naw mean? Of course you do.

They've got a lot of stuff that's good for you: whole wheat, oats, good fats (coconut)...so you can feel good making these for yourself after a night out. At the opera.

Or you could make them for your mom. Because Sunday is Mother's Day. Which you knew, of course.

So after you roll home from the opera at the wee hours of the morning, surprise mom with these amazing flavor cubby holes.

Oat and Whole Wheat Waffles with Fruit and Nuts

What You Need:

A waffle maker (gifted by your boss or bought by your own self. Either works)
2 1/2 cups warm (about 100 degrees) almond milk
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup shredded coconut
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 egg whites
2 egg yolks
3/4 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup slivered almonds for garnish

What To Do:
Mix the almond milk, sugar and yeast in a medium bowl. Let it stand until it becomes foamy (this is the yeast working its magic) - about 10 minutes.

Mix both flours, oats, coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a large bowl.

Add the yeast mixture and stir to blend it all together. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. You can also leave it to chill overnight so you will be ready for hungry brunchers in the morning.

Separate the eggs, setting aside two of the egg yolks. Mix these two yolks into the batter.

Put the three egg whites in large bowl and with a hand held mixer beat them until they are white and foamy and peaks form (ex: when you lift up the beaters the egg foam will stand up).

Fold the egg whites into the batter with a spatula.

Heat up your waffle iron and spray it with a non stick spray (you can also use butter). When it is hot enough, pour the batter into the iron. Cook until the waffle iron gives you the green light (literally). Your waffles should be golden brown.

Serve with extra blueberries, slivered almonds and maple syrup.

Don't let mom clean up the mess. That's not cool, even if you were at the opera all night.