Sunday, June 6, 2010

Finished Pizza's

Prepping to be cooked on BBQ.

Grilled Pizza

Step 1: make dough. Here is the recipe I used when I made the dough.

Garlic pizza dough
2 cups of all purpose flour
1 table spoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
2/3 cup water
1 tablespoon olive oil (I use garlic infused olive oil which I made.)

Preheat the BBQ. On my gas BBQ, I kept it at low heat. Combine dry ingredients in mixing bowl. Add liquids, and stir to incorporate dry ingredients. Knead dough by hand 6-8 times on a lightly floured surface. Roll dough thinly. Put a thin brush of olive oil onto the pizza dough. (I also put tinfoil on my bbq that is also optional) place dough on the grill and cook on one side for about 5 minutes. (This will depend on your BBQ, watch for the crust to start to brown.) Bring dough back in and put your sauce and toppings as you desire.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Finished product. This was the very first castle cake I ever made and so I didn't think I would get it prefect, but the experience helped me prepare for round two coming up this week. But here are some better views of the finished cake. I made two different tops to get some ideas. You can see both ways I did it.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Step 2: Frost desired area where you want to apply fondant (I used home made but you can use store bought). Start kneading it to make it softer (at this point you may put the food coloring in it, I use gels, less mess). Once you have it the softness desired, roll out to desired thickness. you can use a pizza cutter to cut off the unneeded ends. Very carefully roll it over the frosted cake.

I'm going to start out with the castle cake I'm making for my step daughter, Makinzy, for her 6th birthday. She asked me if I would make her a castle cake and decorate it with pink decorations.
Step 1: First I baked the cake in three different cake pans. (you can make the cake batter from scratch or use a box). Let cool for about an hour or refrigerate or freeze for half that time. Take the cake out of the pans they were baked in. Cut out the shape you desire and freeze. Then frost the cake in a light layer of frosting. Then I put the cake back in fridge/freezer for a bit longer to harden, I usually do this for about an hour.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Why I love to cook

I think telling you all why I love to cook and bake will help you understand why I am always cooking and baking. I have always liked to cook. I taught myself how to cook and to be creative on my recipes. I am not a person at all that likes to eat fast food. I prefer to eat home made stuff. I decided to make a cookbook because EVERYONE around me kept asking me what the recipe was to the dish I had just fed them. What I want to do for my blog is post my recipes with pictures, as an online cookbook for my family and friends.