Sunday, December 5, 2010

Pizza Crust Recipe

I got this recipe from my good friend, Monica.  I love it and we use it weekly on Pizza Sunday.

1 1/4 cups warm water
2 packages dry yeast
1 tbsp honey
3 tbsp good olive oil
4 cups all purpose flour, plus extra for kneading
2 tsp kosher salt

Combine the water, yeast, honey, and olive oil in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook.  Add 3 cups of flour, the salt, and mix.  While mixing, add 1 more cup of flour, or enough to make a soft dough.  Knead the dough on low to medium speed for about 10 minutes until smooth, sprinkling it with flour, if necessary, to keep it from sticking to the bowl.  It should be smooth and elastic. 

Place the dough in a well-oiled bowl and turn it several times to cover it lightly with oil.  Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel.  Allow the dough to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.  Punch down and cut into two equal pieces.  Roll out in desired shape.  This makes enough for two large pizzas.  I bake mine on preheated stones at 450 degrees F.  Each pizza will take about 10-14 minutes, depending on your oven.

7-Up Cake

This is one of the best cakes.  I got this one from my old neighbor, Mo.  I love this with coffee in the morning. :)

3 cups sugar
3 sticks melted butter (1 1/2 cups)
5 eggs
3 cups flour
3/4 cup 7-Up
2 tsp lemon extract

Mix together the sugar and melted butter.  Add in the eggs, but add 1 at a time and beat 2/3 minutes for each egg.  Blend in the flour, little by little.  Add in the 7-Up and lemon extract.  Pour into greased tube pan and bake at 325 for 1 hour, 15 minutes.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Yummiest Pumpkin Muffins EVER

I liberated this recipe from my old neighbor in Arkansas.  I don't think she knows I have it.


3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 t. baking soda
1 1/2 t. salt
2 t. cinnamon
2 t. nutmeg
3 cups sugar
4 eggs, beaten
16 oz. canned pumpkin
2/3 cup water
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 bag chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients well. Bake at 350 degrees (15 minutes for muffins and 45 minutes for a loaf of bread).

Pumpkin Dip

This is a favorite recipe from my friend Sarah Caban.  Everyone in the family loves it.


15 oz can of pumpkin
4 blocks cream cheese (or less, whatever)
2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 Tbs pumpkin pie spice

Mix all ingredients well and serve in a pumpkin (or eat it straight from the mixing bowl) with Nilla Wafers or Graham Crackers.  Also good with Animal Crackers or a spoon.