So these next few recipes are the last of my backlog from spring break at home. I had suggested, upon my arrival, that we have a mini-family party to celebrate my sister's 13th birthday, which had been on March 10th. I volunteered to make the cake (a red velvet cake...yes I am addicted to cream cheese frosting) as well as some pizza dough. Pizza dough was one of my goals for the vacation because it is kind of messy and takes some planning. I decided to make a greek-style pizza with feta cheese, black olives, and spinach for the event and I used Eating Well's recipe for the whole wheat pizza dough. Personally, I wish the dough had been a bit fluffier. Maybe we stretched it too thin or maybe there's something I could change about the recipe. I asked Matt, Kath's husband (from Kath Eats), and he thought it was the thin problem. I am going to try it again at some point using his recipe since the pictures from the times they have made pizza looked fantastic. The cake was also REALLY good. I didn't add enough food dye to make it actually be red, but I foresee that it will be made again, so that can easily be changed.
Since everyone knows that kids love pizza, I am going to submit this to Meeta's Monthly Mingle, the theme of which is Kid's Lunches. It is being hosted by Srivalli of Cooking 4 All Seasons
Thanks to everyone for all of the supportive comments to my last entry. It was really nice knowing that you guys were all so confident in me.
Greek-Style Whole Wheat Pizza
Serves 4, adapted from Eating Well
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 package yeast
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
3/4 cup lukewarm/hot water
1 tbsp olive oil
6 oz baby spinach
1 cup reduced fat feta
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 can black olives, sliced
Combine the whole wheat flour, regular flour, yeast, salt and sugar. Combine the water and oil and gradually pour into the dry liquids. Mix together to form a dough and knead for 8-10 minutes. Place into a bowl, cover with a cloth and let rise until doubled in size (about an hour).
Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Preheat the oven to the highest setting (500). Roll out the dough onto a pizza pan. My dad bought some "white" pizza dough from a local pizzeria for the non-whole wheat eaters and this is him tossing it. My dough was too small for him to toss. His dad's family used to own a pizza shop, so he's got some insider skillz.
These are my lovely doughs ready to be made into pizza. I had made four but one didn't rise for some reason. I blame the yeast.
Place all of the toppings on the pizza, first spinach, then sauce, then cheese and olives and black pepper. Place in the oven and cook until the bottom of the pizza is brown.
Serves 12, adapted from Eating Well
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup and 2 tbsp sugar
6 tbsp light butter
2 eggs, separated
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup reduced fat buttermilk
12 oz neufchatel
3/4 cup confectioner's sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
red food dye
Preheat the oven to 375. Coat two 9-inch cake pans with cooking spray.
Whisk the flours, baking powder, cocoa, and salt together in a bowl.
Beat sugar and butter together until crumbly. Beat in the egg yolks one at a time, then the vanilla and food coloring until smooth.
Beat in half the buttermilk on low, then half the flour. Add the rest of the buttermilk and the rest of the flour, mixing until just incorporated.
Clean and dry the beaters. Beat the egg whites in a separate bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold into the batter with a rubber spatula. Divide the dough between the two cake pans. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Lick the bowl and the beaters and the spatula.
When the cake is done, let cool for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and let cool for an hour.
To ice the cake, use a mixer to combine the confectioner's sugar, vanilla, and neufchatel. Spread onto the one of the cakes. Place the second cake on top of the first. Ice the outside of the cake. Again, lick the bowl and the spatula. Place in the fridge until ready to eat.