Friday, February 12, 2010

New Kitchen favorite ~

I am totally loving my new RoulPat Pastry Sheet from Demarle. I made Pizza last night for Kristine and the dough was so easy. I had made a half batch of my Bread Stick dough and then kneaded and rolled it out on the RoulPat. No extra flour, no extra oil and most of all, NO STICKING!! What I loved the most was that the mat stayed right in place on the counter top and didn't slide around. So I just had to share the recipe with you. First of all here is the Bread Stick recipe. It is a basic, easy and quick, all purpose recipe. Today it will be Pizza Crust, next week it will be Bread Sticks.

Bread Sticks / Pizza Dough Recipe
by Wendy Peatross

Mix 1 1/2 cups warm water with
2 teaspoons yeast and
2 tablespoons sugar

Let yeast dissolve for about five minutes until it is foamy.

Mix in 3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt and
2 teaspoons olive oil

Mix and knead all ingredients for 3 minutes. Divide into two balls and let set 10 minutes.

Each recipe will make two regular size round pizzas, or one large cookie sheet, family size.
Add sauce and toppings. Bake at 400' for 15 to 20 minutes.

I added sauce from a jar, pepperoni, some grated cheddar and parmesan cheeses and sliced mozzarella. It was amazing.To give you an idea of size. I use the rectangular RoulPat. They show three different sizes on the Demarle website.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Homemade Garlic Croutons ~

If you have a leftover loaf of good Italian Bread don't let it sit so long that you have to throw it out. Take a few minutes and make croutons. The homemade kind are so much better than those that come in a bag. Here are the super simple instructions.

First preheat your oven to 375'.

Melt 1 cube of butter and stir in 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt. Cut your bread into 1/2 to 1 inch cubes. Toss with the seasoned butter and spread out on a Silpat laid out on your baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Stir occasionally and watch closely. Take out and let cool.
These yummy croutons are a good reason to have a salad for lunch.