Month: October 2008

2nd pretzel round….

I made the first recipe for Pretzels again… I’m still having issues getting them to not stick to the parchent paper when they’re rising, but now that I think of it, I didn’t exactly grease/butter/oil the paper either.  I guess I’ll have to try that […]

New Pictures in the Gallery

I went for a walk the other day and added some new pictures to the gallery.2988

So facebook is evil and fun…

I’ve been bad and have been so completely addicted to the word games it isn’t even funny…. Well actually it is the more I think about it, but wow.   Too many and too long.  I have to stop playing them so much.  Then there is the whole datamining part of facebook which is creepy too, but at a point I discontinued caring about that in a quest to reach the 1st place slot on PathWords… I’m never going to hit the top of the other ones, but it isn’t for lack of trying, just for lack of vocabulary.  On another note I had a great birthday on Tuesday and even though I’m another year older… I think it’s not so bad.

Mexican (Tex-Mex) Pizza

Ok, so a while ago I mentioned that we tried making a Mexican Pizza.  It turned out phenominal!  We used the spent grain pizza dough we’d made from the Hazelnut Brown Ale. I had already done the 500°F prep on it so that was a […]

mmmmm… pretzels

I’ve decided to make pretzels tonight. I’m going to try this recipe first…. Plan A Recipe (For 6 large or 12 small pretzels) Ingredients: 3 ½ C of flour 4 T brown sugar 2 t salt (sea salt preferably) 1 T yeast, dissolved in the […]

troubled

Sitting
Staring
Wondering
Why?

Love
Hatred
Caring
Cold?

Stand
Fight
Missing
Love?

Trials

So many trials in life. Too many ways to win… or lose Why do things have to be so difficult. So many contradictions So many forks. So many traps. So much to win. So much to lose.

relax

water pouring forth sweet serenity, leaves fall steaming, sipping warmth

Spent Grain Pizza Dough

Makes enough for 3 pizzas.

  • 1/4 oz. Dry Yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups Warm Water (~110°F or whatever your package says is viable)
  • 1 1/4 cups Spent Grains
  • 4 1/4 cups Flour (I used all purpose for my trial run)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt

Preheat oven to 500°F

Create a sponge from the water, sugar, yeast and spent grains. Wait for foamy/spongy goodness… usually about 30 minutes.

In a large bowl mix 3 cups of the flour with the salt.
Make a well in the middle of the flour and pour your sponge mixture into that well.
Mix until its all combined.  It will be a bit sticky.

On a surface that you can knead on flour it rather heavy (about 1/2 – 3/4 cup).
Carefully dump out your dough onto your flour pile and start kneading.  You’ll need to work in the rest of the flour.  Your flour mileage may vary, so pay attention. Your dough should be smooth and springs.  A little tackiness is ok, but not so much that it sticks to your hands.

Oil/grease/butter a bowl and put your dough in to rise, then lightly cover it. (This part can take up to 1.5 hours)

Once you’re satisfied with the doughs rising, break it into 3 pieces and work them into your preferred pizza shape.

Note: You can cover them in plastic and stick them in the refrigerator at this point if you so desire.

Bake or 5 – 6 minutes at 500°F.

Remove them from the oven.

Top with about 1/2 cup of sauce and then whattever else you want.

Turn the oven down to 400°F and bake until your desired level of doneness (I find it’s usually 12 – 15 minutes)

Remove from the over and let set for 5 minutes.

My first crack at a Mexican Pizza

Well now I’ve done it… I finally decided to make a “Mexican pizza”. Which really isn’t Mexican at all, but is Tex-Mex. Not sure how it’s going to taste, but it looks and smells delicious. The timer just went off, so I’ll find out soon […]