Archives for May 2013

Cinnamon Streusel Dessert Pizza

I love pizza and I love dessert!  That’s why I loved this recipe!

Cinnamon Streusel Dessert Pizza

Homemade or store bought pizza dough
1 TBSP butter, melted
Cinnamon (to sprinkle)

1 cup and 2 Tbsp hot water
2 1/2 tsp yeast
1 tsp sugar
3 cups flour
2 tsp salt

Mix water, yeast and sugar together in bowl and let sit for 5 minutes or until nice and foamy.  Slowly add in flour 1 cup at time and salt in between.  Knead with mixer or with hands for a few minutes.   Let rest for 20 minutes or until it doubles in size.  Form to the size of pizza you are wanting.
(Makes 1 large pizza with a thicker crust)

1/2 cup plus 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 TBSP vegetable shortening
2 TBSP oil

1 cup powdered sugar
1 TBSP milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 460° F. Mix together streusel ingredients with a fork then side aside.
To make pizza, pat dough into a 12 inch pizza pan that has been sprayed with oil.  Perforate pizza dough with a fork (this keeps bubbles from forming), then brush with 1 TBSP melted butter. Sprinkle cinnamon all around buttered crust. Top pizza crust with streusel mix, crumbling in your hands to make nice pea sized chunks.
Bake at 460° F for 8 to 9 minutes depending on the thickness of the pizza.  Mix icing ingredients until it is of a drizzle consistency. If it is too thick, then thin with a small amount of milk until you have reached your desired thinness.
When finished baking, top with icing in a circular pinwheel pattern. Cut up into triangles and enjoy.

I love my pizza stone, so that’s how I ended up cooking mine my pizza. The streusel mix makes alot so if your making one pizza I would half it, I wasted alot!  As for the icing 1 Tbsp milk was not enough to mix together so I added more, was not a fan of the flavor so I added 1 Tbsp of cream cheese and it  tasted much better!  Try not to over cook!


Pico De Gallo

There is nothing better then fresh garden tomatoes.  I can’t wait for spring for me to plant my garden.  I love tomatoes!   I started making Pico De Gallo a few years back.  Im not sure as to why I love it so much.  Maybe its the tortilla chips or the fresh ingredients to make it.

Pico De Gallo
5-6 roma tomatoes-Roma’s work better cause I think they are more hearty then other tomatoes
3/4 chopped onion.  I prefer red but I didn’t have enough so I added in some sweet onion
1/2-1 Jalapeno chopped finely
Cilantro lots of cilantro :)
A few dashes of Garlic Powder
Chop all ingredients.  Place in container add in garlic powder and stir until blended.

The Best Homemade Brownies

Do you ever have those days when you just need some chocolate?
Well, I was having one of those days and I was craving something chewy and chocolaty! 
I have NEVER made brownies from scratch before. I think Betty knows how to make the perfect brownie so why even attempt to make my own.  I was not in the mood to run to the store to pick up my favorite box so I started looking around the internet and
I came across this recipe claiming they were the best brownies….well they were delicious!

The Best Homemade Brownies

1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup cocoa
1 1/3 flour
1/2 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients together in a bowl and mix with a hand beater.  Pour batter into a grease 13×9 baking dish for about 30 minutes.  Test with a toothpick in the middle to test if it is done completely.

My Notes:
These were great I wouldn’t change a thing.  I think next time I would like to add some Andies mints on the top…yumm!

Learning to make tamales

I love tamales! So I thought I might try and challenge myself this week and teach myself how to make them.  During my research on how to make them, all I heard was how hard and time consuming they were to make.  It was a little discouraging but I was still up for the challenge and wanted to give it try.
 Well I really didn’t think they were that hard.  Im not going to lie, it was very time consuming but other then that they were easy.
I decided I was going to make chicken tamales.
To start, we first need to soften the corn husks.  I boiled mine in water for about 25 minutes then I just let them soak in the water until I was ready to use them. 
(Next time I will let them soak longer because they were still a little stiff)
When I was ready I only took a few out at a time and patted them dry.
They kept floating up to the top so I placed a bowl on top the husks to keep them submerged in the water.
While my husks were soaking, I made my masa according to the package.  
I used chicken broth instead of water, Just a little added flavor!
Now we are ready to start making tamales!
Take out a few husks and lightly dry them.
Grab some masa and spread on top of the husks with a spatula. I kept mine to one side and tried to make 4×6 covering with the masa. Make them as thick or as thin as you would like.
(Its easier to roll if you keep masa to one side)
Add your choice of meat
Fold over the side that has the masa, fold up the bottom
Bring the top down and continue rolling over to the other side
I had hard time keeping my tamales together.
So I made long strips with corn husks and wrapped around the tamale and tied
The part I didn’t realize,hg they take forever to cook.  So needless to say, we had them for dinner the next night.
Place them all up right in a steamer and cover with a cloth and steam for 2 hours or until the masa separates from the husk easily.  
Never letting the water touch the tamales
We just made tamales!
They are slightly time consuming but so worth it!  They are delicious and im proud to have actually made them!
My recipe for my chicken:
3-4 chicken breasts
1 Tbsp Cumin
1 Tbsp Chili powder
2 cups homemade salsa (I used my recipe, it was in the fridge)
1 cup chicken broth
I let mine cook in the crock pot for a few hours then I shredded and cooked for another hour

Fresh Homemade Salsa

There is nothing better then fresh homemade salsa.  We don’t ever really have the jarred salsa that often at our house, unless im feeling lazy or if its for a recipe.  I personally think fresh salsa is the best!  
Everything always tastes better when its fresh!
I can never get enough salsa in my life.  

Fresh Homemade Salsa
1 large can whole tomatoes
1 med onion
1 jalapeno
1/2 green pepper
1 Tbsp garlic powder
dashes of salt

In a food processor add half the can of tomatoes, jalapeno and cilantro.  I like my cilantro and jalapeno pureed. Add in the rest of the tomatoes and lightly pulsate. We like our salsa chunky.  I like to chop my onion and pepper by hand by using my mini slap chop.  If you don’t have one I recommend getting one, such a time saver.  Or you can pulsated it in your blender with the rest of the tomatoes.  Add in the garlic powder and salt and serve immediately.