Pizza Dough Recipe

We love love LOVE pizza at our house.  We make it at least once a week! It’s one of those foods that everyone can agree on.  Although not everyone can agree on the toppings so we tend to have a pizza bar, placing a ton of toppings out and let everyone create half a pizza!

An easy and delicious pizza dough recipe, can be made in your bread machine or mixer

I’m sharing my favorite chicken alfredo pizza over at Today’s Creative blog today, so go check it out!

Every pizza begins with a great pizza crust!  This is my go too, and I’ve been making it for years.  I love it cause I can toss it into my bread machine and walk away, leave it and forget it (until it’s done, then roll it out and bake!  If you don’t have a bread machine you can use a mixer and make it, you just have to pay attention to rise times so it’s a bit more work.

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Pizza Dough Recipe

Pizza Dough Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ C warm water
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 C bread flour
  • 1 ½ tsp salt

Directions

    Bread Machine
  1. Place the warm water, sugar and yeast in the machine, let sit 5 minutes to let poof. (you can use fast acting bread machine yeast instead if you have it, instead of adding the yeast to the liquid add it last on top of the dry ingredients)
  2. Add the olive oil and give it a swirl
  3. Add the bread flour and salt on top
  4. Switch to dough/pasta setting and click start .
  5. Pull the dough out and roll out two 12 inch rounds
  6. Mixer
  7. If using a mixer follow the first three steps then using a dough hook mix up the dough until it's smooth.
  8. Cover your mixer and let the dough rise for 1 1/2 hours
  9. Knock down your dough with the dough hook for a second
  10. pull out and roll out two 12 inch rounds
  11. Baking
  12. Place a pizza stone in the oven, preheat to 425
  13. Prick the dough
  14. Top with your favorite sauce, toppings and cheese
  15. Bake 7-10 mins until the center is cooked through
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If your grilling your pizza you’ll heat to medium high, then place the dough on the grill and close the lid. Cook the first side for 2-4 mins, then flip it. Add your sauce, toppings and cheese, working quickly. Close the lid and cook another 2-4 mins!

I actually like to use the same technique with my oven baked pizzas too. I find that if I add everything to the raw dough by the time it’s done cooking all my toppings are dried out. So I’ll precook the crust for half the time, then add my toppings and finish off the crust.  It’s a bit more work, but it’s worth it for me to not have over cooked chicken and wilted spinach but have a fully cooked crust.

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So what are your favorite pizza combinations? Check out my favorite, Chicken Alfredo Pizza, over at http://todayscreativeblog.net/chicken-alfredo-pizza-recipe/!

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Maple Bacon Donuts

I can’t make donuts and leave off my favorite!  I know I’m on a maple bacon kick, but I can’t help it, it is seriously SO good!  I honestly did NOT expect to like the maple bacon craze, but I has me, completely!

Homemade maple and bacon donuts are delicious and easy to make

For me the key is the Candied Bacon, I haven’t liked it with just plain bacon.  Which is probably for the best, it makes it take longer so I don’t make them as often as I crave them…  I think if making the candied bacon went faster I might just eat these every day!

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Start out by using this homemade donut dough recipe.

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When it says to roll the dough out to 1/2 an inch roll it out to 1/4 of an inch instead.  And rather than using a donut cutter use a round cookie cutter or a glass.  I went with 3 1/2 inch circles.

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Next brush milk over half of the circles. Then add the chopped candied bacon.

Then place the other half of the circles on top, press down and pinching the edges around the circle. This will spread out the circles a bit.

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Then take the same cutter or glass and recut the donut, this will totally seal the edges so you won’t have to worry about the insides coming out when your frying the donuts!

Now go back to the instructions, let them proof and then fry them.

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Now your ready for the glaze, pour it into a wide bowl. Press the donut into the glaze, twist, then life and let it drip off.  And while the glaze is still warm cover the top with more chopped candied bacon.

Maple Glaze

Maple Glaze

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 C powdered Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1-2 Tbsp Milk
  • 1 tsp Maple Extract

Directions

  1. Mix the powdered sugar, maple syrup, 1 Tbsp milk and the mapaline. Stir with a whisk or fork until smooth, add more milk if the the glaze is too thick 1/2 Tbs at a time
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And there you have it! Warm, deliciousness that you will be SO glad you made! No seriously, make this before you make anything else.

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S’more Ice Cream Recipe

It’s the final day of this years S’more week and I have found yet another new favorite!  I seriously didn’t even want to share this with my kid’s cause I knew they’d love it and eat more than I’m willing to share.  I see more of this ice cream in my future, like LOTS more.  I will make ONE change, still looking for the best graham mix in…

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This is actually a mix of two different ice creams and some mix in’s.  By doing it this way you get ribbons of flavor and while it’s a bit more work it is worth every second of it.  I will say if you will want to have an ice cream machine that came with 2 freezer bowls, or buy a second bowl.

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Basic Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

Everyone needs a good basic chocolate ice cream recipe!  It’s great alone but because it’s not super rich and heavy there is so much you can do with it, so many mix in’s, toppings, etc…  Seriously the possibilities are endless, Rocky Road, Chocolate brownie, S’more and more!

A delicious basic chocolate custard based ice cream recipe

Because it’s custard based it’s super creamy.  I know a lot of people are scared of custard based ice cream, but I promise it’s easier than you think.  This is one of those recipes that I always have the ingredients on hand for so if I’m in a sweet mood I can easily get it ready during the day for a sweet treat that night!  And then add whatever candy I have on hand and create something new (or make up some peanut butter sauce, Mmmm chocolate and peanut butter are a favorite of mine)!

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This uses cocoa rather than chocolate so if, heaven forbid, I have run out of chocolate (I have a 12 gallon bucket that I keep stocked with different chocolates so not likely) I can still have a chocolate treat with this.  I like to mix both dark cocoa and regular cocoa (but you know I love to mix chocolates for a better flavor) and I LOVE the end result!

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Basic Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

Basic Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 Lrg eggs
  • 2 Lrg egg yolks
  • 2/3 C cocoa
  • 1/3 C dark cocoa
  • 1 1/2 C whole milk
  • 1 1/2 C cream
  • 1/2 Tbsp vanilla

Directions

  1. In a food processor blend the sugar, eggs, yolks, and cocoa's until it's smooth (if you don't have one you can use the blender or a hand mixer, but the food processor will be the smoothest/easiest)
  2. In a sauce pan bring the milk to a simmer
  3. While the food processor is running slowly pour the milk into the mixture.
  4. Pour the entire mixture back into the sauce pan and cook over low heat, STIRRING CONSTANTLY, until it thickens slightly (don't let it boil)
  5. Allow it to cool slightly then strain the custard into a bowl.
  6. Add the cream and the vanilla
  7. Stir well and refrigerate overnight (or 4-6 hours).
  8. Stir it well then run it through your ice cream machine according to the directions, about 30 mins
  9. Serve immediately for soft ice cream and freeze a few hours for firmer ice cream.
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Marshmallow Ice Cream Recipe

Yup, SERIOUSLY, Marshmallow Ice Cream.  And YES it is as AMAZING as it sounds.  I love making ice cream and my ice cream maker (best birthday gift EVER) has been getting quite the work out this week!  This recipe is a basic vanilla custard ice cream with toasted marshmallows mixed in, easy and tasty.  You’ll be SO glad you made it.

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This Marshmallow ice cream is great plain, but I’m dying to try it with my Hot Fudge… Or maybe with chilled hot chocolate as a float?  Okay, I’m totally inspired and Mmmm, I’m TOTALLY doing that tomorrow!  My husband thought it would be terrible and almost refused to try it, but even he was totally won over my this treat!

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The flavor all comes from toasting your marshmallows first, we not only want them to get all warm and melty but also a bit toasted.  You can do this with a brulee torch one at a time, but it’s much easier to spread them out on a pan (covered in a silpat is best) – not too close to the heating unit, see how I left a blank center because of my gas heating down the center.  Bake for a few mins, the broil to get that toasted brown.

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Marshmallow Ice Cream Recipe

Marshmallow Ice Cream Recipe

Ingredients

  • 10 oz marshmallows toasted
  • 2/3 C sugar
  • 2 Lrg eggs
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 2/3 C whole milk
  • 1 1/2 C heavy cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Directions

    Toasted Marshmallows
  1. preheat your oven to 350
  2. Place your marshmallows on a silpat mat or parchment paper on a pan
  3. Cook marshmallows for 3-4 mins in the middle of the oven
  4. Move the pan to the top rack, switch the oven to broil for 2-3 mins until browned
  5. Ice Cream
  6. Beat the eggs and sugar until it's smooth, thick and pale yellow (not bright)
  7. Bring the milk to a simmer in a sauce pan,
  8. Slowly pour the milk into the egg mixture , while mixing the eggs (so they don't cook or curdle)
  9. Pour back into the saucepan and cook over low heat, STIRRING CONSTANTLY, don't let the mixture boil or it will cook the eggs
  10. Stir until it thickens slightly then pour through a strainer into a blender
  11. Add the marshmallows (it will be messy) and blend together until it's smooth
  12. Pour through the strainer again into a bowl, add the cream and the vanilla
  13. Stir well and refrigerate overnight (or 4-6 hours).
  14. Stir it well then run it through your ice cream machine according to the directions, about 30 mins
  15. Serve immediately for soft ice cream and freeze a few hours for firmer ice cream.
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There is some gorgeous speckling from the toasted marshmallows, it looks a bit like vanilla bean ice cream.  In fact you could use a vanilla beans instead of vanilla if you want, but be careful not to go overboard with the vanilla flavor.  

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Graham Cracker Crust Recipe

This is my go to Graham Cracker crust recipe.  For cheesecakes, pies and S’more donut topping.  It’s easy and tastes AMAZING.  You can use regular honey graham crackers, cinnamon or chocolate for different flavors. I’m sharing my caramel toffee ice cream pie over at 30 handmade days you should check it out!

an easy and delicious recipe for the perfect graham cracker crust
I also like to use ginger snaps or ground nuts.  As long as the ground “crackers” amount stays the same your good!  But the classic, basic honey graham cracker crust is always a good way to go.

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You can use a food processor to turn the crackers into crumbs… OR manual labor…  This is a great job when you want to get your frustrations out

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OR a great job for your kids.  My kids are ALWAYS asking to help in the kitchen.  So I love finding parts of each recipe where they can participate.  Crushing the crackers with a rolling pin and a gallon size freezer bag is a GREAT job.

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They can even do the next few steps as well.  While still in the bag add the sugar and mix it in.  Then add the melted butter and mix it in as well, just kneading through the bag.

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Now just pour the moist crumbs into your pie pan (or cheecake pan)

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Using the back of a glass or measuring cup spread out the crumbs and pat them down and around the sides.  This does get a bit messy AND it’s a little trickier so I do this part myself.  But if you have older kids this is part that they can do for you!

Now your ready to bake it!

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Graham Cracker Crust Recipe

Graham Cracker Crust Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 C graham crackers (a full sleeve)
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 6 Tbsp butter, melted

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  2. Crush the graham crackers, I use a gallon size freezer bag and a rolling pin
  3. Add the sugar and mix it in.
  4. Add the melted butter and knead it (still in the bag)
  5. Press into your pan and along the sides.
  6. Bake for 7 mins
  7. Let the crust cool before filling
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And DONE!  What do you think? Are you a graham cracker crust fan? or do you like tradition pie crust (which I love too).

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Today I’m sharing my Caramel Toffee Ice Cream pie over at 30 Handmade Days today!  I hope you all head over and check in out!  It’s one of my kids favorite summer treat!

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