Bread, Focaccia, Pizza, RECIPES

Thin Crust Pizza Dough

It’s fun making homemade pizza every now and then, here’s an easy and delicious recipe !

  • Makes two 10 inch pizza crusts

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup of warm water
1 1/2 tsp of granulated sugar
2 1/4 tsp of active dry yeast
3 cups of all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp of salt
1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil + a little extra to brush your pizza pans
Optional, some cornmeal to sprinkle on the pizza pan, under your pizza crusts, it gives it that grainy texture 🙂

Toppings of your choice !!!


INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Pull out your stand mixer and stir together the warm water, sugar and yeast. Let stand until the mixture is foamy, about 10 minutes
  2. Add the flour, salt and olive oil to the bowl. Use your dough look and mix until the dough turns into a ball and cleans the sides of the bowl. You might have to add warm water in small quantities at a time until you get the right consistency.
  3. Once the ball formed, continue to knead for another 5 minutes. Dough should be smooth and spring back to the touch.
  4. Remove your bowl from its stand, cover it with plastic wrap and let the dough rise in a warm, draft free place until it doubles in volume, about 1 hour.
  5. Set your oven at 475 degrees.
  6. Divide your dough into 2 equal portions.
  7. Place one portion on a slightly floured surface, pull out a rolling pin and shape your dough into a 10 inch round pizza. Repeat same process with the other half of the dough.
  8. Brush your pizza pans with the extra olive oil. (If you wish sprinkle some cornmeal on them)
  9. Drop your pizza crusts on top.
  10. Now the fun part !, get creative ! 🙂 For mine I simply have a base of ground tomatoes, mushrooms, finely sliced onions, sliced black olives, capers, fresh basil leaves and chili flakes
  11. Bake for 15 minutes

Enjoy !

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Bread, Focaccia, Pizza, RECIPES

Portuguese Cornbread aka Broa

Ingredients

1 1/2 tsp of dry active yeast
1 3/4 cups of warm water
1 cup of corn flour
1 3/4 cups of all purpose flour
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon of sea salt

Directions

  1. In a large bowl add the yeast to 1 cup of the warm water. Mix and let foam for 5 minutes.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of corn flour and 1/4 cup of the all-purpose flour. Mix. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit 45 minutes until bubbles form.
  3. Transfer the dough to your standing mixer.
  4. Beat in the remaining 3/4 cup of water and the olive oil.
  5. Then beat in the remaining 1/2 cup of corn flour, 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour, and salt.
  6. If you feel your dough is too soft, simply keep on adding a little all purpose flour until you get a kneadable dough.
  7. Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.
  8. Transfer the dough into a lightly oiled large bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and let sit for 1 hour until the dough has doubled in volume.
  9. Turn out the dough again and punch it down to release the air. Form it into a ball and place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle a little all purpose flour on top, cover again with the damp cloth, and let sit for 1 hour.
  10. Preheat the oven at 450 F.
  11. Bake 15 minutes then lower the heat to 425 F and bake for another 20 minutes.

Congratulations ! you made yourself a beautiful and delicious corn bread !

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Bread, Focaccia, Pizza

Whole Wheat, Pumpkin & Sesame Seed Bread

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Ingredients

– 4 cups whole wheat flour
– 2 cups warm water
– 1 Tbsp instant yeast
– 1/2 Tbsp of sea salt
– 1 Tbsp olive oil
– 1 Tbsp of agave
– 1 Tbsp grounded flaxseeds
– 1 Tbsp of sunflower seeds
– 1 Tbsp of pumpkin seeds
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Instructions

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You can use your mixer by using the dough attachment or you can mix by hand

1. In a large bowl combine: whole wheat flour, instant yeast, salt, olive oil, agave, grounded flaxseeds, sunflower & pumpkin seeds.
2. Add a bit of the water at a time to get the right consistency. You can always add extra flour if you feel that the dough is too wet. It should not stick to the sides of the bowl. Shape into a ball.
3. Grease your Dutch oven pot with olive oil with a brush, making sure you put enough oil on the sides as well so it does not stick. and transfer the dough ball into it.

4. Cover and let rise for 60 minutes.
5. In the meantime, preheat the oven at 390°
6. When the oven is preheated, slash the bread with a knife, making a cut about 1 ½-inch deep or 3 diagonals are also pretty, as you wish !
7. Bake in the oven, uncovered, for 40 minutes, or until deep golden brown and risen. You can use a toothpick or cake tester to double check if it is properly cooked in the inside.
8. Remove bread from the oven and let it rest in the Dutch oven pot for 10 minutes.
9. Remove from the pot and let it cool down before slicing.

Enjoy this healthy delicious bread, dip it in olive oil or as a sandwich ! 🙂

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Bread, Focaccia, Pizza, RECIPES

No Knead, Kalamata Olive, Sun Dried Tomates and Rosemary Focaccia




7 cups all-purpose whole wheat flour
1 tbsp coarse sea salt for sprinkling
1 tsp active dry yeast
3 1/2 cups warm water
1 tbsp agave
1/3 cup olive oil *
1 small red onion , thinly sliced
1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes , chopped
1/3 cup Kalamata pitted olives , chopped  *
2 fresh rosemary sprigs

& some chili flakes

Use good quality olives and olive oil it makes a big difference in flavour, I used Barakaris olives and olive oil from Mouton Vert located in Montreal

1. In a large mixing bowl combine flour and yeast. In a small bowl combine warm water and agave to dissolve. Then pour liquid over the flour mixture. Stir to combine until you have a sticky dough.
2. In another large mixing bowl add 1/4 cup olive oil only, and transfer dough to the bowl. Roll the dough to coat in the olive oil. Cover the bowl tightly, and transfer to the fridge overnight. (Make sure the bowl is big enough for dough to double in size).
3. Remove dough from fridge and line a 17 x 12 inch baking tray lined with parchment paper. Transfer dough onto tray. Push dough out with hands as best you can to cover tray entirely. Wait 1 hour for the dough to come to room temperature. It should soften and rise considerably.
4. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Pat focaccia dough again to ensure it is the same thickness throughout on the pan (about 1-inch thick). Then dimple the entire dough by pushing your fingers into the dough. Drizzle with more olive oil and sprinkle with the coarse salt.
5. Decorate with thinly sliced red onion, sun-dried tomatoes, olives and rosemary & chili flakes. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Fluffy and tasty !

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