Overnight Pizza Crust

Overnight Pizza Crust

This overnight pizza crust is a great potential time saver, if you are like me and you like to meal plan as much as you can.  The dough can easily be made one day ahead and left to sit till you’re ready.  You can even freeze it for use at a later time.  

And when it comes to toppings?  You can literally put anything you want on it.  Change up the sauce and use pesto instead of regular tomato sauce.  Do an all veggie pizza with some great fresh produce from your garden.  Do an all meat pizza for those who don’t seem to enjoy the veggies as much as you might.  Do both so you can please everyone!  Top with spinach, while it’s hot out of the oven, to get an even fresher pizza.  Just a few ideas to get you thinking…

Overnight Pizza Crust
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup whole wheat flour
  2. 1 cup all purpose flour
  3. 1 cup semolina
  4. 1 ½ tsp salt
  5. active dry yeast
  6. 2 tbsp olive oil
  7. 1 ¼ cup warm water, not hot
Toppings
  1. ½ - ¾ cup tomato sauce
  2. 2 cups assorted veggies: green/red peppers, red onion, tomatoes
  3. 2 cups mozzarella cheese, grated
Instructions
  1. Fit an electric mixer with a dough hook. Combine all dry ingredients in the bowl of the stand mixer. Mix until all ingredients are combined. Add the olive oil and pour the warm water in a steady stream.
  2. Once all the ingredients are in the bowl, increase the mixer speed and knead for 2 minutes.
  3. Cover and let rise for 45 minutes.
  4. Flour your work surface and hands WELL.
  5. Turn out the dough onto the surface and fold in thirds, like you would a letter.
  6. Turn and fold again in thirds. Place the dough back in the bowl and let it rest overnight until you are ready to use it.
The next day
  1. Preheat oven to 450F. Grease a cookie sheet to make a rectangular pizza, which is great for a crowd.
  2. Have a well floured work surface ready for the dough. Turn the dough out onto the surface. Flour the dough well and begin to stretch or roll. You can begin this on your work surface, and finish it in the pan.
  3. Bake for 15-20 minutes. You want the cheese to be nice and bubbly and the crust to be golden brown on the edges. You can also check the bottom carefully by lifting up a corner with a spatula.
Notes
  1. You can top this pizza with pretty much whatever strikes your fancy. Veggies from the garden, deli meats, Italian sausage, many kinds of cheeses...let your imagination go wild!
  2. Feel free to also cut the dough in half once it's made, so you can make two thinner pizza crusts instead of just one thicker crust.
Adapted from King Arthur Flour
Adapted from King Arthur Flour
River City Cookery http://rivercitycookery.com/
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Easy Blueberry Muffins

Easy Blueberry Muffins

Summer is definitely upon us now and with it comes lots of fresh berries! We covered strawberries in our last post, and next up comes blueberries.  Manitoba is a blueberry hot spot and lots of people pick wild berries in cottage country to put in pretty much everything, including pancakes, muffins, and pies.  They are a tasty addition to lots of dishes, and they are packed with lots of nutrition as well.

This muffin recipe is super easy and shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes to put together.  They are best straight from the oven while the blueberries are still nice, soft, and juicy.

Blueberry Muffins
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Ingredients
  1. 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, at room temperature
  2. ¾ cup sugar
  3. 2 large eggs
  4. 2 cups whole wheat flour
  5. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  6. ¼ teaspoon salt (if you use unsalted butter or margarine, increase to ½ teaspoon)
  7. ½ cup milk
  8. 2 teaspoons vanilla
  9. ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  10. 1 ½ cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
  11. 1 tablespoon sugar, mixed with ½ teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Grease, or line your muffin tins.
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt in small bowl and set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time - beat well after each addition.
  4. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture and beat well. Stir in the milk and both the vanilla and the almond extracts. Mix till smooth. Stir in the berries quickly.
  5. Fill the muffin tins about ¾ full. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, if using.
  6. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, until golden brown. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing them.
Adapted from from King Arthur Flour's "Favourite Blueberry Muffins"
Adapted from from King Arthur Flour's "Favourite Blueberry Muffins"
River City Cookery http://rivercitycookery.com/
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Grains: Nutrition Comparison

Grains Nutrition Comparison

Different grains and grain products have different nutritional values. Today we’re going to compare some common grains and grain products you might find in your pantry to help decode the differences.

The comparison table below contains several grains and grain products that are common to Canadian kitchens with some relative nutritional information to allow for comparison. This chart shows that some of these products can vary greatly depending on which nutritional aspect you’re looking at.

Flours

Whole wheat flour has more protein, fat, and fibre than white flour. This is because during the milling process much of the wheat kernel is removed creating a product that is more shelf stable and more beneficial for processing. However, this also causes white flour to have less nutrition.

Nutrients and Fibre

Grain products contain more nutrients if they’re whole grains – which means they contain the kernel and the germ, giving the product more fibre and fat soluble vitamins. When choosing grains at the store, select ones that are in their whole, or nearly whole state (i.e. barley or brown rice).

Whole Grain Nutrition

All data is from the Canadian Nutrient Data File; (*) May be contamination, be sure to check the label; (-)Information not available

A note on gluten: Wheat, rye, and barley naturally contain gluten. If you have celiac disease it is important to avoid these grains and products that contain them. Oats may have come in contact with gluten during their milling process so you may need to check labels to find a gluten free variety.

In summary, include a variety of grain and grain products in your diet and try to include more whole grains. Simple switches are a great way to start: try a whole wheat pizza crust or substitute brown rice or barley for white rice. Finally, experiment with new-to-you grains like barley or wild rice.

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