Wednesday, November 20, 2013

staying in

Over the weekend we had out first full on snow fall and even though I did leave the house during the day I tend not to make plans to go out at night as much once the snow falls. I wasted no time making use of staying in and made one of my favorite dinners with some of my favorite recipes. I will share them since they are pretty much fool proof...(do read baking notes below)
oooh the home made charm of  burnt pans
Whole Wheat and Herb Pizza Dough makes 2 pizzas, recipe originally from Chatelaine magazine but I switched it up a bit and here is what I do.
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 8-gram package of quick rise instant yeast
1 tbsp olive oil
3/4 tsp salt
1 to 2 tbsp dried herbs (I used an Italian blend)
1 cup warm water (not hot but warmer than body temp but not much...)

How to make:
Stir 2 tbsp flour (I used white first) with 1/2 cup warm water and yeast package in a large glass bowl. Let stand until cloudy and bubbly, about 5 min. Stir in remaining flour, 1/2 cup warm water, oil and salt and herbs. Stir until dough starts to come together. Transfer to well floured surface and knead until dough is smooth (about 2 min) Lightly spray the same bowl with cooking oil and return dough, loosely cover and let rise for an hour. Dough should double in size. Divide dough in half and roll out onto pizza pans, Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.

**baking note: grease you pizza pan! I make this every 2 weeks and I always forget if I grease the pan or not well yes, yes you should! Also don't be afraid of the yeast in this recipe I cannot make bread or anything else with yeast and I have never messed up this dough.

Lemon and Cranberry Butter Tarts makes 6 to 8 tarts

1 egg
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup Craisins (I used the cherry flavour) any dried cranberry would work
1 tbsp butter (then melted)
1/2 tsp lemon juice or 1/4 tsp lemon extract (I used lemon juice)
1/8 tsp salt
mini pie tart shells (the no name version from Super Store are excellent)

How to make:
Beat egg, gradually add brown sugar, salt and lemon. Beat until full of bubbles. Fold in cranberries and melted butter. Fill pastry shells and bake at 400 degrees for 12 minutes or until filling is set and crust has browned.


  1. over the snow, i made mac & cheese!!! it's always good to stay in and bake something during the snow days, eh?

    the butter tarts look sooo tasty!!

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  2. I was so busy all weekend! I braved the snow many times. I would, however, prefer to spend time indoors huddled under a blanket with my computer and a coffee on those kinds of days though.

    You're pizza and tarts look delicious!


  3. I've made the mistake of not greasing the pan too!! These look delicious :)

  4. Goodness, do both of these look and sound delicious! I've made butter tarts with blueberries before (for an extra dose of Canadian deliciousness :)), but don't believe I've tried cranberries or lemon. Can't wait to do just that next time I whip up a (GF) batch.

    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* Thank you very much for your terrifically nice comment on my post about appearing in V&Oak magazine, sweet Daphne.

    1. Blueberry butter tarts sound amazing! I will be trying those next for sure thanks Jessica.