This Saturday I was in a baking mood and everything we consumed was made from scratch.
It didn't take much extra time and I think everything tasted better.
To start the day of we had Vegan Chocolate Chip Pancakes
1 C unbleached all purpose flour
1 C almond milk (I prefer Almond Breeze unsweetened vanilla)
1 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 Tbsp cooking oil
1 flax egg (1 Tbsp ground flax meal and 3 Tbsp water whisked together)
I mix my flax egg first and let it thicken while all of the other ingredients are combined.
Incorporate the flax egg and you are ready to put them in the pan.
I do want to add that we put a handful of chocolate chips in our pancakes to dress things up this weekend. This makes a yummy addition and eliminates the need for any toppings on the pancakes (which equals less mess...at least with my children).
For lunch I whipped up a stromboli filled with vegetables from my CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)
Chop the veggies you want to include.
For me I used
2 cups of mushrooms (shiitake and oyster)
Saute your veggies in Earth Balance until they are slightly brown (the carmelization adds greatly to the flavor).
While the veggies are cooking you need to roll out your dough (we made ours fresh...recipe below)
I then topped the dough with 3 cups of spinach (use a much or as little as you like)
Sprinkle on grated mozzarella cheese (again to your liking)
The top with sauteed veggies
Place the second half of dough on top and pinch the sides to close
I brushed the top with almond milk and then sprinkled garlic salt and parmesan cheese on top
Place in a 375 degree oven for 20-30 minutes
I cooked mine on a pizza stone, but if you don't use a stone you'll need to grease the pan you use
Fresh from the oven
A yummy delicious slice. Oozing with fresh veggies and melted cheese.
1 C warm water
1 packet active dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
3 C unbleached all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
Mix your water, yeast, and sugar. Let sit for about 5 minutes while the yeast is activated.
When time is up add your flour and salt. Don't add the flour all at one time just incorporate in manageable amounts (1/2 to 1 C at a time).
Dough will be sticky.
Place in a greased bowl (I used 1 Tbsp olive oil, but you could use Pam or another cooking spray if you like)
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours in a warm dry place (I put mine out on a table of our backyard deck).
Punch down the dough and split into two halves.
Roll each half out on a lightly floured surface. Each half should make a "circle" (mine was rather oval shaped) about 10-12" in diameter.
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