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Whole Spelt Pizza with Chorizo, caramelized Onions and Basil

Homemade Pizza is one of my favorite foods to cook at home , especially on my Pizza stone. If you bake a lot of Pizza’s at home it is worth buying a Pizza stone and a Pizza peel, it makes life so much easier. An other great method, which is what I used to do before I had all the Pizza baking equipement was, turning the baking tray in your oven upside down, it works great too, I do recommend placing the Pizza on a piece of baking parchment before popping it into the oven with this method so it doesn’t stick. When using a Pizza stone I find that the best non-stick method is to use semolina or polenta for underneath the Pizza when placing on the stone.

The spelt Pizza dough is really delicious and it has this nutty flavour that we love. The combination of the spicy Chorizo with the sweetness of the caramelized onions is pure heaven.

Makes : 3 large Pizzas or 4 smaller ones.

Ingredients:

400 gr / 2.5 cups whole grain spelt
100 gr / 3/4 cups white spelt
1 tsp instant yeast
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil
350 -375 ml / 1.5 – 1 3/4 cups warm water

1 onion, peeled and sliced
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp honey
Salt and pepper

2 cups shredded Mozzarella

1 – 1 1/2 cup Marinara sauce
30-40 slices chorizo approx* SEE NOTE
Fresh basil

Instructions

If you are using a pizza stone, place it in the oven an hour before baking to heat up.

In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine flour, yeast and salt.
Turn on the mixer to slow and add warm water and olive oil. Add a little more water if it seems too dry or add a little more flour if it seems to wet.
Knead for 5 minutes.
Place in an oiled bowl and cover with cling film.
Let rise until double in bulk,  punch down and shape into ball again, place back in oiled bowl and cover.
Now place dough in fridge until ready to use.

To make the caramelized onions;
Heat a frying pan and add the olive oil,  add the sliced onions and cook for 5 minutes,  add the honey and cook until golden brown,  about 3 to 5 more minutes.  Remove from heat and set aside.


Remove the dough from refrigerator at least one hour before using.
Roll out the dough on a floured surface, I prefer to use semolina since this doesn’t stick to the baking stone.
Spread the Pizza base with marinara sauce, cover with a thin layer of the Mozzarella cheese then caramelized onions,  and then add some more cheese and divide the chorizo over the pizza. Lightly dust your pizza peel with semolina , gently lift the side of the Pizza and slide it under in one secure movement, transfer to oven. Alternatively, roll out on parchment paper and transfer to oven tray.
Bake at 230 for 10 to 12 minutes, turning the pizza half way. We like our Pizzas dark and crunchy but that is up to you.

*I always buy a whole Chorizo sausage and slice it myself, but do what works for you and depending on the size, you can use either more or less, these slices were small so we used 9 to ten slices on each Pizza.

Enjoy!

Freezer Pizza Bases

These Freezer pizza bases are so handy to have on hand, home made  pizza ready in just a few minutes, isn’t that what we all want? Just take a crust out of the freezer, heat your oven, top, and bake.

Supermarkets sell ready made crusts, but they always have the cardboard feel and taste to them so I figured if they can make them,  so can I.  Healthier,  better and cheaper. I’ve only used a small amount of yeast since this makes the Pizza’s taste better and improves the texture, also the longer rise makes a much better crust. I like to make the dough in the morning, then I let it rise until double in bulk, then I punch it down and put the dough in the fridge until ready to bake in the evening. You could make the dough in the evening and leave it to rise slowly overnight in the refrigerator, whichever suits your schedule better.

Makes 4 large/6 medium pizzas

INGREDIENTS:

1000 gr./ 6 2/3 C.  (type 00) flour
600 ml./ 2.5 C. luke warm water
15 ml./1 tbsp. honey
30 ml./2 tbsp olive oil
7 gr./2 tsp. instant yeast
20 gr./3 tsp.  salt

INSTRUCTIONS:

In the bowl of a stand mixer, add your warm water and stir in the honey, then sprinkle the yeast in and stir. Let sit for about five minutes until bubbly and active.
Add flour, olive oil and salt and knead for about 5 min. Cover the bowl with a damp tea towel or plastic wrap and let the dough rise for about an hour or  until double in bulk.
Punch the dough down and shape into a ball and cover again, place in the refrigerator for at least five hours or until ready to use. 

Remove from the refrigerator an hour before using so the dough can come to room temperature. Tip the dough out onto a floured surface and knead a few times. Divide into 4 or 6 balls.

Pre heat oven to 220 C/430 F.

Cut 4 or 6 peaces of parchment paper large enough for each pizza.
Roll out each ball of dough on a piece of parchment paper that you have covered with some flour or semolina.
Spread with tomato sauce and bake each base for about 5 minutes or until just firm.
Remove from oven and let cool on a rack before freezing (I freeze them with the parchment paper as extra protection). 

Once they are completely frozen,  place them in a zip lock bag or wrap them in cling film. Keep in the freezer until ready to use. They will keep for at least a month.
When ready to use, remove from freezer and top with your favorite ingredients,  bake at 220 C/430 F for 12 to 15 minutes.

Enjoy!

Olive oil Zucchini Banana Bread with chocolate chips

Olive oil Zucchini Banana Bread with chocolate chips

Shredded zucchini and mashed banana work perfectly together and ensure that this nutritious loaf stays nice and moist. The banana adds sweetness so there is no need to add too much sugar.
It’s the best of all quick breads if you ask me. With the added chocolate chips to make it a real treat. Lightly sweet and perfectly fluffy and moist, and very healthy too.


INGREDIENTS:

WET
• 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium bananas)
• 2 large eggs
• 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
• 1/4 cup honey
• 1/3 cup mild olive oil
• 2 tsp. vanilla extract
• 1 1/2 cup grated zucchini, don’t pack to measure, instead fit loosely in the cup. (about 1 medium/large zucchini) SEE NOTE about drying zucchini*


DRY
• 1 cup oat flour, made by simply grinding oats in a food processor
• 1 cup brown rice flour or whole wheat all purpose flour
• 2 teaspoon baking powder
• pinch salt
• 1/2 cup chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS:


1. Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Spray one 9×5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, add the the first six ingredients and whisk to combine.
3. In another bowl combine the flours, baking powder and salt, stir in the grated zucchini. Add the wet ingredients, and stir with a spatula, now add the chocolate chips and stir thru.
4. Turn batter out into the prepared pan , smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.


5. Bake for about 55 minutes or until the top is golden, the center is set, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
6. Allow bread to cool in pan for about 15 minutes before turning out on a wire rack to cool completely before slicing and serving.

Note – place grated zucchini on a clean kitchen towel and roll it up, wring out as much moist as you can.

Enjoy!

Gluten Free Bread Loaf

I’ve been testing some gluten free flour mixes and this is the best one so far, I can use it in any recipe requiring regular flour, in a one to one ratio, so no further calculating is necessary.
I have been using it for my quick gluten free bread loaf, pancakes and even pizza bases.


GLUTEN FREE ALL PURPOSE FLOUR MIX;
In a large bowl mix;
150 gr. potato starch (or corn starch)
150 gr. tapioca flour
200 gr. brown rice flour
200 gr. oat flour
300 gr. white rice flour
1 tsp xanthan gum

Stir until everything is mixed very well and store in an airtight container.

Prep time : 30 minutes (this includes making the flour mix)
Cooking time: 60 minutes
Makes : 1 loaf
INGREDIENTS;
• 3 1/2 – 3 3/4 cups gluten free all purpose flour mix
• 2 tsp. instant yeast
• 1 tsp himalayan salt
• 2 1/2 cups plus 1 or 2 tablespoon warm water
• 1 tbsp. honey or agave syrup
• 1 tsp. (apple cider) vinegar
• 2 tbsp. melted coconut oil or olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS;
1. Combine 3 1/2 cups of flour mix, the instant yeast and salt in mixer bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined.
2. In a jug measure out the warm water and add the agave or honey, the apple cider vinegar and coconut oil.
3. Add to flour mixture.
4. Mix on medium speed for 5 minutes. It should be the consistency of a thick batter which is too thick to pour but not thick enough to form a ball. Add additional water or flour 1 tablespoon at a time as needed to get this consistency.
5. Generously grease bottom and sides of 1 loaf pan. I find cooking spray works best, but you can use butter or oil.
6. Spread batter in loaf pan, slice down the middle with a very sharp knife. (see photo)
7. Let rise in warm place for about an hour. Covered loosely with cling film that has been sprayed with a little oil.
8. Preheat oven to 190°C / 375°F
9. Bake for 40-50 minutes, until bread looks firm and is fairly brown on top. Knock on it and if it sounds hollow it’s done.
10. Let cool for 20-30 minutes in pan before removing to wire rack.
11. Let cool completely before slicing.
12. I like to brush the loaf with a little olive oil for shine
13. It will keep for only three days tops, so I slice it and freeze it and take out as needed.
NOTE: You can add things like sesame seeds, or sunflower seeds to the dough if you like, not more than a 1/4 cup. Sprinkle some on the top too!

Enjoy!
Myra

Homemade Spelt Tortilla

Nothing beats a home made Tortilla, it’s super simple and you don’t even need a tortilla press. However if you do have one, lucky you, use it.

I don’t have a tortilla press and just use a rolling pin and it literally only takes me minutes.

They are delicious, quick, easy, cheaper than store bought and healthier too since there are no additives of unpronounceable ingredients in them.
I’ve been making these for a long time now and once I started , I never bought a tortilla again. It’s just not worth it. The great thing is, you can use them for anything, sandwiches, veggie wraps, fajitas, you name it.

They freeze well to, so I always make a few extra.

Makes 8 Tortillas.


INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup Spelt flour, half plain, half whole grain
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup very hot water
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • more flour for rolling out dough

INSTRUCTIONS:

Place the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and give it a good stir.
Add the hot water and olive oil to the flour and mix, first with a fork, then when it comes together continue kneading with your hands. Knead for about two minutes until you have a soft pliable dough.
Shape into eight balls and place on a lightly greased plate.
Cover with cling film and let rest for 30 minutes.
After the 30 minutes, roll each ball out on a floured surface into a circle of about 20 cm. / 8″. Place a piece of parchment paper between each tortilla to prevent it from sticking.
Preheat a large skillet over medium heat.
Place the tortilla on the preheated skillet and cook for about 30 seconds on each side. If you cook them for too long, your tortilla might become stiff, dry out or break. Anything can happen, believe I’ve seen it, so keep it short.
Place cooked tortillas on a plate and cover with a tea towel to prevent drying. Repeat for the rest.
Store leftovers covered in the fridge or freeze, again with parchment paper between each tortilla and then in a zip lock bag. They will keep in the freezer for a month.

Enjoy!

Myra XO