Life seems to be busy no matter where I am. Right now I am visiting our daughter and husband in Texas. We planned a dinner last night with their son (our grandson) & his girlfriend; he had requested my homemade pizza so I made three pizzas, adding different sauces & toppings to each one. I made two of them on cookie sheets and the third on a pizza stone. It gave a variety of thickness to each pizza.
I used my favorite recipe for pizza dough/crust (which is simply Greek yogurt mixed in with self-rising flour) & did three different toppings. Although I did not take pictures of what I made last night, one of them looked just like the picture here with an olive oil/garlic base topped with cheeses to bake. After removing from the oven, I top with chopped tomatoes. Adding more shredded Parmesan cheese & red pepper flakes makes it even more tasty.
Our family has always loved Oatmeal Scotchies so I had decided to make them for dessert. I have always used the tried and true recipe off the Nestle Tollhouse Butterscotch morsels bag and this is basically what I did yesterday. However, upon looking in the cupboard I found we had no brown sugar.
The original recipe calls for 3/4 cup of white sugar & 3/4 cup of brown sugar. What to do? Maple syrup to the rescue which added a nice flavor to the finished product. I was concerned about the difference in the finished product substituting a liquid sweetener for some of the sugar, but it did not affect the final outcome. I was very pleased with the results & would actual consider doing this even if I had brown sugar in the house.
I opted to make the pan version of the recipe; that may have had something to do with the outcome of the replacement not affecting the final outcome, also. The recipe called for a 15 by 10 inch jelly roll pan & my daughter had a Paula Deen one so it worked out great. I also must confess that I made another substitution. The only options I had in the house were Bread flour or Self-rising flour. I used the self-rising flour & eliminated adding the salt & baking soda. It turned out just fine, but when I first looked into the oven and saw the cookie dough rising I was afraid it was going to “overflow”, but it turned out just perfect. So I had a win-win day for substitutions. YEAH ME!
So what have you been baking lately?