How to Bake Focaccia From Scratch or with Your Bread Machine

This is just about as easy as it gets for some really good homemade focaccia. Make the dough in your bread machine (or with a stand-type mixer). It doesn’t take a lot of time and it’s a great project to tackle with the kids. How to Make Homemade Focaccia Start with a lean, white bread machine mix . . . or use the recipe below. By lean, we mean one that is low fat and doesn’t call for fresh eggs. A buttermilk bread mix is perfect. Homemade Focaccia from Scratch Focaccia Ingredients 1 1/4 cups water 2 tablespoons olive oil …

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How to Top Focaccia

Focaccia is a simple flatbread that can be tasty all on its own, but it’s more exciting when you add toppings to your focaccia. Whether you want to keep it light with olive oil and herbs or go hearty with potatoes and onions, there are sixteen focaccia toppings to choose from. Topping Your Focaccia It’s easy to top focaccia. When your bread is ready to go in the oven, whether you use a mix or a recipe, add your focaccia toppings except for the cheese. Here is how: Let the bread rise according to directions. Dimple the bread. Add the …

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How to Bake a Perfect Pizza on Your Grill

It’s easy to bake pizza on your grill. Pizzas are baked quick and hot—perfect for the grill. You can have picture-perfect pizzas from your grill in no time. Pizzas make great summer food, but no one wants to heat the oven up to 400 degrees in the summer. That’s okay—grill the pizza. Not only is it the slick way to bake pizzas in the summer, but you’ll also really impress your friends and family—a backyard magician. What You’ll Need to Bake Pizza on the Grill A grill with a cover. You can use gas or charcoal though the charcoal will …

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How to Make Hot Fudge Sauce with Cocoa

Hot fudge sauces are usually made with melted chocolate, but it’s easy to make it with cocoa—and considerably less expensive.  The key is good quality cocoa but that’s also true if you are using melted chocolate. Your sauce will be no better than your chocolate or cocoa. This fudge sauce is best paired with a tin roof sundae, as seen below, and a peanut butter sauce (recipe included below). What is the best cocoa? There is an amazing difference in cocoa. When we get a new cocoa in, we make brownies and hot cocoa with it and then compare them …

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The Secrets to Great Garlic Bread

Garlic bread or garlic toast is one of those staples that can complement almost any meal, and it can be so easy to make. There are a few fundamental principles for making great garlic bread, however.  Here are those that we suggest: Get the Right Bread for Your Garlic Bread or Garlic Toast You can’t start out with bad bread and have good garlic bread.  The bread needs some substance to it; light, fluffy bread doesn’t work as well. We went to the store and bought several breads.  We also baked homemade breads.   What worked best were the French and …

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Ham and Cheese Canapés (French Apetizer Bread)

These ham and cheese canapes make cute snacks or appetizers. You can even have make-ahead canapes by preparing the bread and toppings separately and assembling them when you’re ready. Canapes: The French Apetizeer Bread The word canape (can-uh-pay) is French for sofa. It’s as if the toppings were sitting on a “sofa” of bread. Canapes are French appetizer breads that are made in a specific pan for the right sizing and shape, sliced, and topped. They’re typically small, savory bread bites that can be made into works of art with the shaping and toppings. Notice how the image above shows …

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How to Make Fresh Veggie Flatbread Pizzas

Veggie Flatbreads from http://PreparedPantry.com

Discovering the Foods of the Twin Cities: Margherita Flatbread I’m writing this from Minnesota. It’s a beautiful day, not too hot, plenty of sun, and a mere rustle of a breeze. I love St. Paul.  It’s a very ethnic town, much more so than across the river in Minneapolis. There is a Hmong neighborhood here, a German there, and an Italian over there. I went to school at The University of Minnesota.  Not far away was a row of ethnic restaurants where you could sample Somalian food or Caribbean. Now when we visit, we hop from bakery to bakery and then …

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How to Make Pizzas with Your Own Refrigerator Dough

How would you like to mix up the dough for your favorite pizza before you go to bed, put the pizza dough in the refrigerator, and pull it out to make your pizza when you get home from work the next day? You can with this refrigerated pizza dough technique. We would like to tell you how and share some great pizza recipes. We’ll also give you a chance to save money on pizza tools—stones, pans, rollers, and cutters. One of the international pizza restaurant chains refrigerates their pizza dough for eight hours. We like that concept. Refrigerated dough makes …

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Summer Squash and Cheddar Cheese Pizza

This is a surprising pizza, a pizza made with summer squash.  It’s an excellent way to use the zucchini that grows so abundantly in your garden.  Because it’s a mild tasting pizza, even your kids will eat it. You can buy a ready-made crust at the store, use a pizza crust mix, or make your own.  The recipe below makes a very nice crust. Ingredients 1 thin pizza crust, unbaked 1 medium zucchini, sliced in 1/8 inch slices 1 medium crookneck squash, sliced in 1/8 inch slices 1/2 medium red pepper, chopped 1/2 medium sweet onion, chopped 1/2 cup marinara …

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How to Make Easy Pizza

Using this method for thin crust pizzas, you should have pizza out of the oven in less than 30 minutes including the baking. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  If you are going to bake your pizza on a baking stone, place the stone in the oven to preheat.  If you are going to bake your pizza on a pan, you will need a 14 or 15-inch dark-colored pan.  Do not use light colored pans; they will reflect the heat. Mix up the dough according to your recipe or the directions with the mix.  Once the dough is kneaded, place …

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How to Make an Easy Pizza in as Little as 20 Minutes

Using this method for thin crust pizzas, you can have a piping hot pizza sitting on the table in as little as 20 minutes including the baking.  (We teach a pizza class at our store and so we bake a lot of pizzas.  Debbie, one of our instructors, can have a pizza out of the oven in 16 minutes.)  Here’s how: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  If you are going to bake your pizza on a baking stone, place the stone in the oven to preheat.  If you are going to bake your pizza on a pan, you will …

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Asian Peanut Pizza Recipe

  Italian Pizza Crust Mix Gourmet Thai Peanut Sauce This is a spicy, Asian pizza. If you are adventuresome or like Thai food, try this recipe. This pizza is covered with toppings after the crust is baked, not before. If you don’t have leeks on hand, green onions may be substituted. Ingredients 1 pizza crust mix or recipe made per directions 1/2 cup Thai Peanut Sauce 1/3 cup unsalted dry roasted peanuts 1/4 cup sliced leeks 1 pound cooked shrimp or chicken, diced 1 cup shredded mozzarella 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro Directions Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. 1. Form …

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Pizza Tools and How to Use Them

Pizza Stone The toppings tend to insulate the crust so to avoid soggy crusts, get plenty of heat on the bottom. A hot pizza stone ensures that the crust will be baked properly. Preheat the stone in the oven and then, using a peel, slide the pizza onto the hot stone without removing the stone from the oven. We prefer a larger, square stone. Trying to align a round pizza onto a round stone in the face of a hot oven is not what we choose to do. Check out our rectangular pizza stone >> Pizza Peel A pizza peel …

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Rocky Road Brownies

When we started to make these brownies, we thought we were making brownies for kids but we discovered that marshmallows and chocolate are not just for kids. These are very good brownies. They are easy to make—a one bowl recipe. They are topped with marshmallows and chocolate chips for the last few minutes of baking. These are very attractive brownies and anyone who likes marshmallows and chocolate will love these brownies. This recipe is easy. Melt the butter and chocolate in the microwave in the mixing bowl that you will use for the batter. Visit The Cookie Center Free articles …

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Apple and Bacon Pannekoeken

This is a traditional pannekoeken with ingredients added. You can use this as a template for other pannekoeken recipes. Ingredients 6 ounces of bacon fried crisply 1 apple, peeled and cored 1/2 red bell pepper (optional) 1/4 cup butter 3 large eggs 1/8 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup milk 3/4 cup all-purpose flour Directions 1. Snip the bacon into 3/4-inch pieces. Slice the apple thinly. Dice the red pepper and steam it in the microwave for a minute to make the dices-crisp-tender. 2. Place the butter in a Dutch Baby pan or an ovenproof skillet with rounded sides. 3. Preheat your …

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A Buyers Guide to Pizza Pans at The Prepared Pantry

Dennis Weaver The right pizza pan makes the difference between a soggy bottomed pizza and one that has a crisp crust. Pizza pans can be divided between perforated and non-perforated and between dark colored pans and silver pans. For pizzas, we strongly prefer dark, perforated pans.  The toppings on a pizza insulate the crust from the heat above and so the heat must come from the bottom else the crust will not cook properly and will be soggy.  Dark pans absorb heat while silver colored pans reflect heat and slow down baking.  Perforations speed up baking allowing hot air to …

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Veggie and Sausage Supreme Pizza

Pizza is everyone’s favorite. With all these fresh veggies, why not serve them up on pizza? This one is main stream enough that even the kids will go for it. Of course, you can change the toppings to suit your fancy. Veggie and Sausage Supreme Pizza Recipe I started making this pizza when we lived in Minnesota and the kids were young. At that time, we had a favorite national chain that we attended regularly. The kids declared this pizza better than the restaurants’. That’s pretty good considering the number of veggies that I would usually sneak under all that …

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Fruit Toppings

To make the strawberry topping: 2 cups individually frozen strawberries 1/4 cup sugar 2 tablespoons orange juice Mix the strawberries, sugar, and juice together in a bowl and let the berries partially thaw.  Lightly mash the berries. Some whole fruit should remain. Set aside in the refrigerator. To make the cherry topping: 2 cups individually frozen bing cherries 1/4 cup sugar 2 tablespoons vanilla (optional) Cut the cherries in half.  Mix the cherries, sugar, and juice together in a bowl and let the berries partially thaw.  Lightly mash the cherries. Some chunks should remain. Set aside in the refrigerator. To …

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Chocolate Popovers

If you are going to use popovers for desserts, you need this recipe.  It is not a very sweet recipe and relies on a dusting of powdered sugar or toppings for the extra sweetness that a dessert requires. Generally popovers should be well-browned and crusty.  With sugar in the batter that caramelizes easily in high heat and a deep chocolate color, it is easy to over-cook these chocolate popovers. When we made these, we decided to err on the side of under baking but the times listed in the recipe were just about right for our oven.  The popovers were …

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How to Make Easy Focaccia

You can make focaccia from scratch, with a bread mix, or with a focaccia mix.  Regardless, it’s easier than you might think.  Don’t miss the video at the end of this article. This is just about as easy as it gets for some really good homemade focaccia.  It doesn’t take a lot of time and it’s a great project to tackle with the kids. What you’ll need: Of course the easiest way to make focaccia is with a focaccia bread mix but any bread mix will do.  You can also use your favorite recipe though a two-loaf recipe will fill …

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