January 29, 2011

{recipe} BBQ Chicken Pizza

I've never had the desire to try BBQ Chicken pizza before, but Tony had an idea to create one yesterday, so I went with it. It was delicious! Here's how it went down...


In crock pot, place 2 chicken breasts, 1/2 cup-ish BBQ sauce, 1/2 cup-ish water, 1/2 Tbsp. butter, 1/2 c. chopped onions, 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 Tbsp. Mesquite seasoning, 1/2 tsp. each: thyme and oregano. All measurements are estimates as it was not actually measured. Cook 3-4 hours on high in little mini crock pot. Shred chicken and then strain off juice. Reserve the juice for the pizza sauce.


Make your crust. Preheat for 5 minutes so sauce doesn't soak in. Brush crust with reserved juice. Layer on chicken, cooked spinach (used about 4 oz., will add more next time), sauted fresh mushrooms (8 oz.), and cheese. We used a mix of sharp cheddar, mozzarella, and parmesan. Bake until yummy.

January 24, 2011

January 22, 2011

{recipe} Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

These are DELICIOUS! And now my go-to cinnamon roll recipe. They are also great for night-before prep. The best!


1/4 cup warm water (not hot, about 110 degrees)
1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
1/3 cup warm milk
1 large egg, beaten
3/4 cup pumpkin puree, either fresh or canned
1 tablespoon melted butter
2 cups (approximately) All-Purpose Flour
1 1 /4 cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour (I've made with regulary whole wheat flower and also all AP flour. Still good both ways.)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom (I've made these twice and didn't have cardamom either time. Still good.)

1 stick butter
2/3 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon each of allspice and ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves

In a large bowl, stir yeast into water to soften. Let rest for 5 minutes before stirring. Add milk, eggs, pumpkin, butter, 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cardamom to yeast mixture. Beat vigorously for 2 minutes.

Gradually add remaining flour (all purpose), a little at a time, until you have a dough stiff enough to knead. Start with about 1 1/2 cups and increase if necessary. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead, adding flour as necessary, until you have a smooth, elastic dough.

Put dough into an oiled bowl. Turn once to coat entire ball of dough with oil. Cover with a towel and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.

Combine the white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg and cloves in a small bowl, set aside. Transfer the risen dough to a lightly greased work surface, and pat or roll it into a 16" x 12" rectangle. Spread softened butter over dough and then sprinkle with the sugar mixture.

Roll the dough into a log the long way; it'll stretch to about 20" long as you roll. Using a very sharp knife, slice the log into 15 slices. In order to cut down on drag, it helps to rinse the blade in hot water, and wipe it off, between slices. Place slices in a greased 9x13 inch baking pan (or in two 8 or 9 inch round cake or pie pans). Cover with a towel and let rise until almost doubled, about 45 minutes.

Bake in a preheated 375°F oven. Bake the rolls till they're brown around the edges and beginning to turn golden brown across the center, about 20-30 minutes. While rolls are baking, make cream-cheese frosting. Frost while still warm.

FOR NIGHT-BEFORE PREP: Prepare the rolls up to the point where you roll and place in the pan. Then, cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, remove the pan from the fridge and proceed with the instructions where you left off. Rising time may be slightly longer than noted in the recipe due to the dough being cold vs room temp. (This is how I've made the rolls both times. I take off the plastic wrap, cover with a towel, and place in an oven set to Warm. Works great!)

4 ounces cream cheese
1 stick (4 ounces) butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon lemon juice
2 cups powdered sugar
While rolls bake, prepare the cream cheese frosting. Add the cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and lemon juice to a small food processor. Blend until smooth. Add the powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time, blending in between, until well mixed and desired consistency is reached.

*The original post on GoodLifeEats includes tips for baking with yeast, including how to know when your dough has fully risen to double-size.