I'm sure I'm not the first, nor will I be the last person to dream of someday owning and operating a little restaurant, pub, bakery or B&B. Lately, the fantasy has been primarily of opening up a little cookie & coffee shop in the town near our home. Since just about the time I started this blog, I've been especially working on my repetoire of cookies - trying to come up with recipes of my own or my own take on the recipes of others and I have been baking up a storm. I sold 4 dozen decorated cookies to my employer to give to our guests in their Christmas goody bags from Santa and I've started selling some in the resort gift shop/store as well. So far, it's coming along slow and that's ok since I'll have to find a commercial kitchen to bake in if it gets too big.
My current business dream idea includes some other menu items in addition to cookies and I've been trying to come up with some breakfast items that would be unique amongst the already existing businesses in town.
We've been experiencing some crazy this past week out here on the west coast and as a result, my power's been out at home for 5 days already. Luckily I only ended up missing one day of work but to ensure I don't miss a bunch of them (and honestly, so I could catch up on my blogs, facebook, etc.) I'm spending the night at work - again. Lucky for me, I work at a resort with wireless internet for our guests and I'm very cozily put up in a 2 story condo-like room with almost all the comforts of home. So I'm FINALLY able to make an attempt at finishing this post and getting it out for you all to read and hopefully enjoy!
I had hoped to spend one of my days off last week making some calzone and getting some better photos than what we came up with originally, but we spent a lovely family snow day together Wednesday and then the power went out very early Thursday morning - best laid plans, right? Oh well, we'll make do with what we have for now and I promise I'll post new photos as soon as I'm able. I also realize, as I sit here typing and reviewing that I never posted my mom's pizza dough recipe - I'll be sure to get that up for you too - so please keep an eye out for updates to this one!
I prebaked the crusts for just 5 minutes or so (after docking them with a fork). Then brushed both crusts with EVOO. I topped both pizzas with spinach, green bell pepper, scallions, artichoke hearts, bacon, scrambled eggs, cream cheese and monterey jack cheese. I wasn't sure if all the toppings would work together, but I thought it was worth trying and as I said before - the combination was
This one's ready to go in the oven. I baked them at 425 for about 12-15 minutes. One of them was baked on a pizza stone (I only have one - a second stone is on my list to buy), the other was baked on a pizza pan that I lightly brushed with olive oil.
Mom's Pizza Dough
1 1/4 Cups warm water
1 Pkg dry yeast
1 Tsp salt
4 Tbsp cooking oil
4 Cups flour
Dissolve yeast in warm water, let it sit for 5 minutes. Add salt, oil and gradually stire in the flour. Knead until it forms a smooth ball. Put it in a bowl coated with oil and cover with a warm, damp cloth. Allow dough to rise until doubled. Knead again. Divide in half and roll each half out to fit your pizza pan. "Dock" the dough by pricking it with a fork all over - this well keep it from forming large air bubbles in the oven. If you prefer, you can pre-bake it at this point for about 5 minutes in a 450 degree oven. Add your favorite sauce and toppings and bake 10-12 minutes at 450 degrees or until cheese is bubbly and starting to brown slightly.
Update: This morning I finally made another round of breakfast pizza/breakfast calzone. This time, I filled them with breakfast sausage, artichoke hearts, scallions, spinach, scrambled egg & queso quesadilla cheese. The combination of flavors was really good. The queso quesadilla cheese was a great choice - it's creamy like a Monterey Jack and melts beautifully but it has a tang similar to a sharp chedder, plus it's not an oily cheese, so it's really nice for breakfast. Goat cheese or feta would be really nice too.
1 lb chicken breakfast sausage
3 scallions, shopped
1 box frozen artichoke hearts, thawed and tossed in EVOO, salt & pepper
1/2 bag baby spinach, chopped
10 oz queso quesadilla cheese, grated
1 batch pizza dough, divided into 4 equal dough balls
Bake at 450 degrees for about 12-15 minutes.
I hope you try these and enjoy them as much as we have!