1.08.2008

Recipe of the Week: Dorina's Honey Whole Wheat Pizza with Baby Greens & Fuyu Persimmons Salad



After the holidays, you might be looking for an easy, fun family night. Why not make homemade pizza with all your favorite toppings? Here's our pizza crust and if you have a KitchenAid or other heavy duty mixer or bread maker it's a snap.

Dorina's Whole Wheat Honey Pizza Crust

Use KitchenAid or other high-powered mixer with dough hook attachment.

1 package yeast
1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon organic sugar or honey
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
5 1/4 cups whole wheat flour (or a mix of 4 cups/1 1/4 cups unbromated white flour)
1 cup cold water (filtered is best)

Pizza toppings of your choice:

-We like

pepperoni, mushroom, green peppers and black olives.

eggplant, chicken, garlic and parmesan cheese for something fancy.

Thai chicken (Mix 2 tablespoons peanut butter with 1 tablespoon soy sauce to create a marinade for 1-2 sliced chicken breasts) with green onions, shredded carrots and crushed red pepper flakes for something exotic.


Directions:
1. Proof the yeast by adding yeast to 1 cup warm water. Let sit for 10 minutes until it starts to bubble.
2. Add the remaining ingredients to the KitchenAid bowl with yeast mixture.
3. Turn on mixer and allow to knead a min. of 10 minutes. Dough should be elastic and not too sticky. Add more flour if it seems sticky.
4. Divide dough into four portions and freeze or refrigerate if you don't plan to use right away.
5. Roll out 1 ball of dough per pizza and let rest 10 minutes rolled out.
6. Top raw dough with your favorite sauce and fixings.
7. Bake in oven approx. 20 min. on 400 degrees or until cheese melts and crust is "hollow" when you tap it with a finger nail. This dough is great for calzones or pizza pockets as well.

Here's an easy salad to impress your guests with color and in-season vegetables. The Fuyu persimmons are the squatty, firm ones, not the baking kind that get mushy. Cut the tops off and slice them like an apple. I found them this week at the Orange Store in Fresno on the NW corner of Shaw & Maroa Avenues.

Baby Greens Salad with Fuyu Persimmons

1 package/bunch mixed baby greens or fresh organic greens of your choice
2 thinly sliced fuyu persimmons
1 thinly sliced small red onion
1 container 4 oz. feta cheese or goat cheese

Arrange salad in a bowl.
Make dressing.

Easy Dressing:
Add 3/4 salad oil to a small mason jar.
Mix in 1 T. apple juice
1 t. lime juice
1/4 t. salt
1 t. mixed herbs (1/4 t. basil, 1/4 t. oregano, 1/4 t. rosemary, 1/4 t. mint)

Shake jar and pour over salad.

1 comment:

harbor said...

We are behind the curve here. But we wanted you to know that we are along for the journey from San Diego. We tried the honey whole wheat pizza crust last night. We used a bread mixer to make the dough. A little different, but worked. Yummy.

I am, like Ericlee, getting a masters in Kines. My interest in the aforementioned books is peaked. God be with you guys!

Justin (& Melissa) Phillips

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