Saturday, August 27, 2011

The BEST Playdough

1 cup flour

1 cup water

1/4 cup salt

2 tsp. cream of tartar

1 Tbsp. vegetable oil

1 packet non sweetend kool-aid (this adds color and scent to the dough)

Just dump all the ingredients into your pot and give them a good stir. Put your pot on the stove and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it forms into a ball. As soon as it joins into one big glob, take it off the heat and dump it onto your counter or some wax paper. Wait for it to cool, then knead it a few times until it is nice and soft.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Fail Proof Pizza Dough

1 cup Warm Water
2-¼ teaspoons Active Dry Yeast
1 Tablespoon Honey
2 teaspoons Salt
2 Tablespoons Olive Or Canola Oil
3 cups Bread Flour {not All-purpose!}

Preparation InstructionsIn a large mixing bowl, preferably that of a stand mixer, stir yeast and honey into the warm water. Let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes or until bubbles form and mixture starts to foam. This tells you that the yeast is alive and kicking. Pour in salt, oil and half the flour and mix. Once that flour is incorporated, start adding flour, bit by bit until you get the pizza dough to the consistency you want: slightly tacky, but when you touch it, it doesn’t stick to your hands.

Once you reach this stage, turn the mixer on high to knead for 6 minutes. Turn a timer on and walk away! Resist the temptation to stop earlier than 6 minutes! That seems to be the magical number. The dough should be smooth and easy to work with. And the bowl should be clean at the end of the 6 minutes. If the bowl still has flour in it, add a few drops of water. If the dough is still sticking to the sides, add a little more flour.

Then, lightly grease the bowl and the dough so it doesn’t dry out, cover with plastic wrap and let it rise 1-2 hours.

Then top it and prepare it according to your favorite pizza recipe.