At work the other day in the teachers room a couple of staff members were talking about pizza toppings. My ears perked up, of course, because making pizza is one of my favorite things to do. Somebody was talking about a zucchini pizza she made recently. She gave me her recipe, or a list of what she did and what she put on it and I let myself be inspired by it!
The toppings included: sauteed onions, yellow pepper and zucchini. chopped garlic from a jar. sun dried tomatoes from a jar. shredded mozzarella cheese and a whole bunch of random spices. all topped on a garlic and herb dough, from Trader Joe’s. I still have yet to make my own dough for pizza (except one time with some friends that had a Kitchen-Aid mixer).
I usually like to make dessert sweets like cupcakes, but I like making bread too. I got this recipe from my mom’s friend who found out I got into baking recently. She made a bunch of breads for the morning after her oldest son’s wedding. Here is her recipe:
oven at 375
cook for 35-40 minutes (I kept mine in for an hour)
makes 2 loaves (I have a big loaf pan, I guess, so mine only made one)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
1-2 tsp orange or lemon rind (I used lemon rind)
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp nutmeg (or mace)
1/8 tsp ginger
1 cup grated zucchini
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I have used strawberries or blueberries instead of nuts *I just used blueberries)
Sift together flour, baking powder and soda, salt and seasonings. Mix sugar, oil, eggs, and fruit peel together in separate bowl. Add dry ingredients. Mix well. Add zucchini and nuts and/or berries. MIx. Pour into 2 greased loaf pans. Bake.
Not a question, but whatever. I love your blog. I've recently decided that I want to make my career baking, with my ultimate goal being to open a small cupcake/sweet shop. I find your blog to be very interesting and I will definitely keep reading. Just wanted to assure you that I'll be a faithful reader, and urge you to continue what you're doing. :D
Hey, thanks for the follow and encouragement I’ll try my best not to disappoint.
In real life I’m an art teacher and occasionally try to entertain people while I make stuff up on stage (improv comedy). Bakings a new hobby of mine and I’m not quitting anytime soon.
Since I started my new hobby of baking, I’ve focused on making things from scratch, but occasionally I deviate. A co-worker friend of mine shared this recipe with me a little while ago and I’ve made it many times since. It’s super simple and not exactly my style but I felt like baking tonight and need to go food shopping so I didn’t have much to pick from, but I did have a box of cake mix.
It’s been a while since I baked and I didn’t like it one bit, so I made cupcakes. Little cupcakes. I wasn’t sure if I liked them at first, I used unsweetened chocolate instead of bittersweet chocolate as the recipe called for. However, I was told that they were enjoyable and even had people asking for seconds. I originally served these sans frosting, but then topped these off with vanilla and Junior Mints after suggestion from my mother. She’s a clever lady.
I have been wanting to make challah bread for quite some time now and haven’t gotten around to doing it until this past weekend. I inherited quite a few cookbooks from my grandma after her passing this winter (which is weird, because I never thought of her as much of a cook or a baker). Among these cookbooks, one is an assortment of mostly Jewish recipes. I choose to make “Bubbie’s Challah.” For my first rise bread experience, I’d say it was quite a success.