Oh BOY have I got a lot of great things to share with you! Today you get two… but I still have one more up my sleeve for you later.
Pizza is a semi-regular dish in our house. I struggled long and hard to find a decent crust recipe that fit my preference, and I finally found it in Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois. If you (a) like bread, and (b) would love to make homemade bread without kneading, there is no reason why you should not own this book. If you don’t have it, order it here now. I’m not kidding. It will change your life. Click here for the book’s website.
Now that that’s out of the way, I’m sure there’s a copyright law that prevents me from sharing the exact crust recipe with you. So just in case, I won’t… (but I *might* send it to you if you email me privately). I will tell you that I use the Olive Oil Dough from the book, and the pizza-making directions. It is fantastic. I’d rather have this than Papa John’s. And that’s saying a lot, because Papa John’s and I have a long-standing relationship.
I had some basil pesto leftover from making the Tomato Basil Pasta Salad, so I spread that on the pizza in lieu of a tomato-based sauce, and topped with thinly sliced Roma tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Delicious!
After dinner, I mixed up a batch of Cinnamon Cookies to take to the beach with us over the weekend. I discovered these at Christmas this year, and my mother-in-law and grandmother-in-law both raved about them and asked for the recipe (you know it’s serious when your grandmother-in-law wants your recipe). JW’s brother Bruce in particular went crazy over them. Bruce requested them for the beach trip, so I gladly obliged.
If you like cinnamon, you’ll love these cookies. They’re somewhat soft and chewy, but I’m sure if you particularly wanted crisp cookies you could try baking them a bit longer. I like soft cookies myself. Here’s the recipe:
Cinnamon Cookies (Original recipe here)
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 tablespoons molasses
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/8 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
Cream together butter and sugar.
Mix in egg and molasses, blending well.
Mix flour, baking soda and cinnamon; add to creamed mixture, mixing well.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.