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Hans’ Wonder Bread – Best Bread Ever? Nope, But……

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Yesterday  afternoon I prepared some pizza for myself and had some leftover dough. Today I came home late and did not feel like cooking up a storm, so I made this stuffed bread for dinner. I guess I could call it a calzone?, but I am more comfortable with “Stuffed Yeast Bread”.
I ate the whole thing piping hot and I must say: Simply delicious 🙂

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !

Pizza Dough Recipe

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Stuffed Yeast Bread

Stuffed Yeast Bread

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pizza dough, diced salame, spicy tomato salsa, gorgonzola, corn meal, red onion, olive oil, sage, rosemary, thyme, scallion

pizza dough, diced salame, spicy tomato salsa, gorgonzola, corn meal, red onion, olive oil, sage, rosemary, thyme, scallion

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roll dough, top with salame

roll dough, top with salame

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top with gorgonzola

top with gorgonzola

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top with spicy tomato salsa

top with spicy tomato salsa, thyme and sliced sage

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top with another sheet of dough. Coat finely sliced onions and chopped rosemary with generous amount of olive oil. Sprinkle over bread. Sprinkle with corn meal. Place on corn meal dusted baking pan. Cook at 375 F

top with another sheet of dough. Coat finely sliced onions and chopped rosemary with generous amount of olive oil. Sprinkle over bread. Sprinkle with corn meal. Place on corn meal dusted baking pan. Cook at 375 F. When done, sprinkle with scallions and chili flakes

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Stuffed Yeast Bread

Stuffed Yeast Bread

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Calzone

Calzone

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Stuffed Yeast Bread

Hans’ Wonder Bread

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Stuffed Yeast Bread

Stuffed Yeast Bread

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Shrimp, Anchovies & Brie Cheese Pizza

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I have come up with a great system to support my craving for unusual pizzas at unusual times.  About once a week, when I have a little extra time ( and energy), I make a small batch of pizza dough, wrap it tightly in plastic film and put it in the fridge.  When I feel the  craving crawling towards me, I take the dough out of the fridge and let it sit on the kitchen counter for a couple of hours, still wrapped in the plastic film. When the time of prep comes, I unwrap it and proceed as usual with a fresh pizza dough. Works like a charm and put’s the actual prep time at the time of pizza dinner down to a few minutes, plus the baking time. May I say  “GENIUS” 🙂
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Shrimp. Anchovies & Brie Pizza

Shrimp. Anchovies & Brie Pizza

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Pizza Dough :

Ingredients :

A/P flour,   2 cups (plus more for kneading)
Water,   3/4 cup, warm
Active dry yeast,   1 envelope
Sugar,   1 teaspoon
Olive oil,   3 table spoon
Kosher salt,

Method :
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Pour  water into small bowl, mix in yeast. Let stand until yeast dissolves, about 5 minutes. Brush large bowl lightly with olive oil. Mix 2 cups flour, sugar, and salt. Add yeast mixture and 3 tablespoons oil, knead until dough forms a sticky ball. Transfer to lightly floured surface. Knead dough until smooth. Dust with flour as you work the dough. Transfer to prepared bowl; turn dough in bowl to coat with oil. Cover bowl with moist towel. Let dough rise until doubled in volume.Punch down dough. Pull dough until desired thickness and shape is achieved. If this is too difficult, roll the dough with a rolling pin. However, in my opinion, the pizza will turn out superior if the dough is pulled.
If you like your dough very thin and crispy, proceed with step 2.
If you like your crust a bit more thick and chewy, you might want to pre-bake your pizza dough for a few minutes.

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Sprinkle pizza pan or baking sheet with cornmeal, place pizza on it. Brush pizza with olive oil, sprinkle lightly with corn meal. Add tomato puree and roasted garlic puree, sprinkle with mozzarella and oregano. Add all other ingredient’s according to picture. Sprinkle with asiago and freshly ground black pepper. Bake at 500 F until dough is done and edge of pizza is crispy and golden.

Note : This recipe is works well in a home oven without a pizza stone.

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Seafood Pizza & Salsa Mexicana

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I just
 loved this pizza my friend Leo and I had last night.
According to Leo, the best pizza he ever had.
(Unfortunately, he is not exactly a food expert, so the verdict is still out 🙂 )

Pizza Dough Recipe Here

Toppings : Mascarpone cheese, squid, crab meat, scallions, chili flakes,
dried oregano, asiago cheese finely grated, garlic paste,  salsa mexicana.

Note : Add the salsa and scallions after cooking, just before serving.

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Seafood Pizza & Salsa Mexicana

Seafood Pizza & Salsa Mexicana

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Easy Cream Biscuits

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This  is probably the easiest and fastest (best?) biscuit recipe there is.
Although I am not a big baking enthusiast, I make these often because of the ease and quality.
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Easy Cream Biscuits Ingredients

Easy Cream Biscuits Ingredients

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Easy Cream Biscuits

Easy Cream Biscuits

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Easy Cream Biscuit

Easy Cream Biscuit

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Ingredient’s :

2 cups self-rising flour, plus more for dusting
1 tablespoon sugar
1 dash of salt
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream

Method :

Stir together the flour, sugar, salt and cream and knead until the dough forms a ball. Turn the dough out onto a surface dusted with additional flour. Fold the dough in 1/2 and knead 5 to 7 times, adding just enough flour to keep dough from sticking to your hands. Gently roll out dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Using a 3-inch biscuit cutter coated with flour, cut dough into biscuits. Place on baking sheet coated with cooking spray, leaving at least 1-inch between each biscuit. Bake  at 375F for 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
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Enjoy Y’all !  Life is Good !
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Pizza With Anchovies, Mascarpone, Tomato & Egg

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I did  not feel like having an elaborate meal tonight, so this quick and easy to prepare pizza was all I wanted for dinner. I actually had some pickled artichoke hearts in the fridge but I forgot to use them. Even without the artichokes, it was a very enjoyable, filling and satisfying dinner.
Looking forward though, to tomorrows braised oxtail with potato dumplings.
(Geschmorter ochsen schwanz mit kartoffel knoedeln) 🙂

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Pizza With Anchovies, Mascarpone, Tomato & Egg

Pizza With Anchovies, Mascarpone, Tomato & Egg


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Pizza Dough Recipe

Ingredients :

Pizza dough
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Anchovy filets,   canned
Eggs,   whole
Tomato,   sliced
Chili flakes,
Mascarpone cheese,
Parmesan cheese,   finely grated
Scallions,   sliced
Olive oil,

Method :

Pull pizza dough into a thin oval. Top with anchovies, tomatoes and mascarpone, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with parmesan. Bake at 500F until bubbling, add eggs and sprinkle with chili flakes, Return to oven and bake until dough is cooked, golden and crispy.
To serve, top with arugula in honey / mustard dressing.

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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” Pepper Jack Stuffed Pierogies, Chicharrones, Corn, Radish & Peas “

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Last nights dinner took me to the polish corner of my kitchen,
where I found a modern version of a dish steeped highly in tradition   🙂

Pierogi
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Ingredients :

Vegetables and Garnish :

  • kernel corn, blanched
  • green peas, frozen
  • sliced radish
  • sliced chives
  • diced onions
  • chicharrones (fried pork rind)
  • garlic paste to taste
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • butter to saute

Method :

Saute onion in butter until translucent.
Stir into the mashed potatoes, add grated cheese and yoghurt,
season with salt and cayenne pepper, mix well.To make the dough, beat together the eggs and sour cream until smooth.
Sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder; stir into the sour cream mixture,
mix well and knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until firm and smooth.
Divide the dough in half, then roll out one half to 1/8 inch thickness.
Cut into 3 inch rounds using a cutter or drinking glass.Place a small spoonful of the mashed potato filling into the center of each round.
Moisten the edges with water, fold over, and press together with a fork to seal.
Repeat procedure with the remaining dough and filling.Cook in boiling saltwater until dough is done, about 4 to 5 minutes,
depending on the thickest part of the dough. Remove with a slotted spoon, drain.Saute pierogi in butter until starting to brown, add onions, and garlic, saute until
translucent, add corn, peas, radish and salt and pepper to taste.
To serve, plate pierogies, spoon vegetables on top and sprinkle with chicharrones and chives.

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !

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