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Homemade Pizza

 Homemade Pizza 

The next time you are in the mood for pizza, instead of ordering out, how about making your own! I want to share a recipe I use that is easy to make, and very good for you to boot.

My Homemade Pizza Crust

Mix together:

2 cups whole-wheat flour (I use organic sprouted whole wheat)
1 cup unbleached flour
1 cup rolled oats (I use organic)
2 tablespoons dried milk (I use regular, raw milk)
2 teaspoons salt (I use Himalayan pink salt)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 Tablespoons oil (I use olive oil)
Herb seasonings of your choice, 1 teaspoon each. I like to use dill, oregano, thyme, minced onion, and minced garlic.
I also add 1 Tablespoon of Organic chia seeds. 

In another bowl, stir 1 1/2 cups luke warm water, 3 Tablespoons sugar, (I use sucanat), and 1 Tablespoon yeast together.

Let this mixture set for a few minutes till a foam forms on top.

Mix the yeast and water into other ingredients until all is moist.     

 mixing pizza dough  

Now throw the spoon to the side and dig in with your hands. knead the dough till it becomes an elastic consistency, about 5 to 10 minutes usually. When you've reached this stage, pat into a nice round and cover with a light coating of oil. I let it in the bowl I've mixed it in, and cover with a damp cloth. Put it in a warm place to rise. In the oven with JUST the light on will work fine if you have no other place. 

 Kneaded pizza dough 

   Let this rise till about double in size, about a half hour or more.

 raised pizza dough 

After the dough has risen, punch it down and knead a few times. Now it's ready to spread on pizza stone or pan. This recipe is enough to make 2 pizzas. I used my pizza stone for one, and my cast iron skillet for my second, to make a pan pizza. Separate the dough into two pieces and press into stone or pan of your choice.

 press into cast iron pan for pan pizza 

 spread dough onto stone or pizza pan 

Set the pans of dough back into your warm spot to rise slightly. Now your ready to add toppings. I use my own homemade pizza sauce. Get as inventive as you want with the toppings. For my pan pizza, I went with a meat lovers theme. I used cheese, bacon, sausage, venison burger, and black olives.

For my pizza stone pizza, I used cheese, bacon, pepper rings, mushrooms, onions, and olives. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes, or till crust is golden brown. Time may vary slightly for your oven. My oven usually takes a bit longer than a recipe calls for. Now don't burn your tongue from eating to quickly when your pizza is done!!! YUM!

 meat lovers pan pizza 

 fresh from the oven  

Heaven Is ...

 Yummy cake with fresh sliced strawberries  

... This cake!  

I wanted to share the recipe for this cake I put together for our Easter dessert. It was a big hit! Since fresh strawberry season will be upon us before long, this cake will most likely be made again, in this household!  

The cake recipe: 

4 egg whites (I used 3 whole eggs) 
2 cups flour 
1 tsp baking powder 
1/2 tsp baking soda 
1/2 tsp salt 
1/2 cup butter, softened 
1 3/4 cups sugar (I used sucanat) 
1 tsp vanilla 
1 1/3 cups buttermilk 

Beat together butter, sugar, and vanilla till creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Add baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add flour and buttermilk last, alternating each, and mixing after each addition. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven. The recipe called for 20-25 minutes for two 9 inch greased and floured pans, but it took longer than that for me. Mine was more like 35 minutes, so you may have to adjust for your oven. When they’re finished, let them cool for about 10 minutes, then turn them out onto a rack or plates to cool completely. If you use the same ingredients I did, your cake will not be white in color, but a light brown shade. Tastes absolutely wonderful, but if you want it to be white, follow the original recipe.  

The filling between layers: 

1 pack (8 ounce) cream cheese 
1 stick butter 
Real Maple Syrup 
Powdered sugar 
A hand full of finely chopped strawberries 

Beat the cream cheese and butter together. Add maple syrup to taste. Mix in just enough powdered sugar for a nice spreading consistency. Add chopped strawberries last. Use this as the icing between the layers. I had plenty of this leftover, so these amounts could be cut in half.  

The frosting: 

1 container heavy cream 
Sugar to taste  

Beat the heavy cream with mixer till stiff peaks form. Add sugar to your preference for sweetness. Frost entire cake. 

The garnish (and best part): 

Fresh, sliced strawberries.  

Add fresh, sliced strawberries to top and sides of cake. Now sit back and watch it disappear! 

 Watch it disappear