Sunday, January 22, 2012

My first "Cake Bible" recipe and Pizza :)

I LOVE my Cake Bible! It has SO much information in it! I have never been very good at baking cakes from scratch.....I usually use a cake mix base and add too it with Cake Dr. recipes.......don't judge me.......

However, this first recipe, White Velvet Butter Cake, turned out really well! It was very light, almost like an angel food cake, and just melted in your mouth......SO GOOD!  :))

I made some homemade Vanilla Whipped Cream and added fresh strawberries to top the cake off. It set the cake of perfectly......I think a stronger flavor would have been too much.

Hopefully, I will be making another recipe from my Cake Bible tomorrow :) I plan on baking my way through it this year - the whole book! I can't wait :)

On another note I made some homemade pizza.....I needed a recipe to give you since I can't just give you recipes from The Cake Bible :)

Sorry the pictures aren't very good :\ It was after dark and I don't have good lighting for pictures.

Anyways, it is homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza with whole wheat favorite pizza :) I don't have the calories figured out exactly....I've been working on it lol.....but it is about 250 calories for 2 slices.....not too bad for pizza :)

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Crust Ingredients:
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
Crust Instructions:
  • In a large bowl, dissolve sugar in warm water. Sprinkle yeast over the top, and let stand for about 10 minutes, until foamy.
  • Stir the olive oil and salt into the yeast mixture, then mix in 3cups of the whole wheat flour until dough starts to come together. Tip dough out onto a surface floured with the remaining 1/2 cup of flour, and knead until all of the flour has been absorbed, and the ball of dough becomes smooth, about 10 minutes. Place dough in an oiled bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover loosely with a towel, and let stand in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  • When the dough is doubled, tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and divide into 2 pieces for 2 thin crust, or leave whole to make one thick crust. Form into a tight ball. Let rise for about 45 minutes, until doubled.However, I actually had enough to make 4 medium-ish pizzas - I made 2 up and froze the rest of the dough for later.
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Roll a ball of dough with a rolling pin until it will not stretch any further. Then, drape it over both of your fists, and gently pull the edges outward, while rotating the crust. When the circle has reached the desired size, place on a well oiled pizza pan.
  • I like to pre-bake the crust at 500 degrees F for about 5 minutes before putting toppings on. 
For the toppings:
  • 1 large-ish chicken breast - shredded
  • about 2 cups of BBQ sauce (click HERE for my recipe)
  • 1/2 red onion - sliced however you like for pizza - I personally like them in strips
  • 2 tomatoes - sliced
  •  mozzerella cheese - one bag of shredded cheese - a couple of handfuls should cover pizza
  •  parmesan cheese - grated fresh 
 To put together:
  • after pre-baking the crust - spread a layer of BBQ sauce on the crust
  • then spread the chicken over the sauce
  • onion and tomato go on next
  • then mozzerella cheese on top and grated parmesan cheese after that
  • Bake at 425 degrees F for 16-20 minutes or until bubbly and turning brown on top


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