Saturday, March 13, 2010

Waffle Bar

The new "thing" at Korry's catered company parties last year were "Waffle Bars". You make your own waffle in one of those commercial flip-over waffle irons and then top it to your hearts content. This is not your average breakfast waffle, but an amazing dessert that is trendy and DIVINE! Of course you could use packaged waffle mix, but I'm sharing my best homemade version here with lots of topping ideas.
2 c. flour
3/4 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. baking powder
2 eggs
2 c. milk
6 T. vegetable oil
1/4 c. sugar
Mix dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt & baking powder). Separate eggs, saving egg whites in a separate bowl. Add egg yolks, milk, and vegetable oil to dry ingredients and mix until just moistened (don't over mix). Beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in to the batter. Bake in waffle iron.
Topping Ideas:
Sliced strawberries
Sliced bananas
Fresh blueberries
Fresh raspberries
Whipped Cream
Whipped Cinnamon Butter
Hot Fudge Sauce
Hot Caramel Sauce
Cinnamon Sugar
Mini Chocolate Chips

Homemade Pizza

I've tried several crust recipes, and this one is a keeper. You can make 4-5 individual pizzas with this recipe, or one large pizza.
1 T. yeast
1 c. warm water
Combine and let stand for 5 minutes until yeast begins to bubble and grow
Add 1 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. sugar. Then add 2 T. vegetable oil and 2 1/2 c. flour. Mix until a ball forms, then knead until smooth. Let rise about 30 minutes.
Roll out on to pizza pan and then bake at 350 for 5-7 minutes. Remove and add toppings, sauce and cheese. Return to oven and bake until browned and bubbly (approx. 20 minutes)
Topping Options:
Traditional: Pizza sauce, pepperoni, ham, sausage, mushrooms, olives, tomatoes, onions, cheese
Hawaiian: Pizza sauce, ham, pineapple, cheese
BBQ: Barbecue sauce, sliced red onion, cilantro, shredded rotisserie chicken, cheese
Knob Hill: Alfredo sauce, chopped green onion, fresh tomatoes, roasted garlic, cubed chicken, cheese

Homemade Croutons

Waste not, want not. As of late, I've been making my own croutons out of french bread or baguettes that are a day or two past their prime. We eat these on salads, but also grab a handful when we are craving a salty snack.
Day old french bread or baguette cut in cubes
olive oil
kosher salt
fresh ground pepper
garlic salt
Place bread cubes on a cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and spread around. Season with salt, pepper and garlic salt. Bake at 400 until browned and crispy. Remove from oven, cool, then store in a plastic container or large Ziploc baggie.