Easy Homemade Pita Bread

I love a good pita bread but am not a great bread maker – this recipe makes it so simple!

Recipe:

1 cup of warm water

1 heaping tsp. of active dry or instant yeast

2 1/2 cups of flour

2 tsp. salt

1-2 tsp. organic olive oil

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Directions:

Mix water & yeast, let sit for 5 minutes

Add flour & mix until shaggy

Knead dough on floured surface for 5-7 minutes

Shape dough into a ball and cover – let rise for 2 hours

Heat oven & pan to 450 degrees

Divide dough into 8 parts and roll out on floured surface

Bake for 3 minutes

Enjoy!

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Recipe adapted from – http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-homemade-pita-bread-90844

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Shortbread Cookies

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Shortbread cookies are one of my favorites & sometimes I add a few chocolate chips to change it up a bit!

3/4 cup real butter (softened)

1 3/4 cups flour

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

chocolate chips (optional)

 

Directions – 

Cream butter & sugar together until fully combined. Add vanilaa

Slowly add flour.

Stir in chocolate chips or split the batch – 1/2 with chocolate & 1/2 without!

Bake for 10-13 at 350 degrees depending on altitude.

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Adapted from Betty Crockers Christmas Cookbook

 

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recently I started following a gluten free diet, not a strict one but the main bulk of my diet is gluten free. And for someone who bakes often, I was on the hunt for a flour substitute. While at Costco I found a gluten free flour mix called, Gluten Free Perfect Flour Blend by Namaste Foods. This was about $9 for 5 lb. so it isn’t the cheapest but it works and I don’t use it for all of my baking.

GF Flour

This is one of my favorite cookie recipes that I found on another blog – http://www.asweetpeachef.com/ that was adapted from Alton Brown. I have made these both with regular flour and this GF flour.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 sticks unsalted butter

2  1/4 cups flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 cup + 1/8 cup of sugar

1  1/4 cups brown sugar

1 egg (room temperature)

1 egg yolk (room temperature)

2 tblsp milk

1  1/2 tsp vanilla

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

Melt butter in saucepan over low/medium heat. Mix together flour, salt, & baking soda in a medium bowl, set aside.

In large mixing bowl pour in melted butter and add sugars, cream together on medium speed. Add egg, egg yolk, 2 tablespoons of milk, and vanilla. Slowly incorporate the flour mixture until completely combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

Cover dough and chill for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees – time & temperature may vary depending on oven and altitude.

Scoop dough using a cookie scoop or tablespoon onto sheet. Make sure the cookie sheets are not warm, especially when making sugar cookies so they keep their shape. Using parchment paper helps keep the cookie sheets clean & makes the cookies not stick.

Once oven has reached the temperature, bake cookies for 11 minutes. Adjust time as needed – if you like a doughier cookie or a crispier cookie =)

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Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Cupcakes

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I just felt compelled to make pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Who doesn’t love homemade cream cheese frosting?!? I was hoping that there would be some left over for dessert after dinner tomorrow but they are gone already!

Makes 12 cupcakes

1 cup pumpkin puree

1 cup sugar

2 eggs, room temperature

1/3 cup canola oil

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp. ginger

1/4 tsp. all spice

1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

In a small bowl, mix 1/8 cup of sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon to sprinkle on top of cupcakes before baking.

Preheat oven to 350

Mix pumpkin, oil, and sugar together. Add eggs one at a time. Add nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice, ginger, and salt. Mix well. In a separate bowl mix flour, baking soda, and baking powder then add slowly to wet mixture.

Scoop into cupcake liners and bake for 18-21 minutes depending on your oven.

Cream cheese frosting – https://rawbasil.wordpress.com/2013/11/28/cream-cheese-frosting/

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Cream Cheese Frosting

Another favorite! I think I love cream cheese frosting more than buttercream but they both are so good!

Frosts about 24 cupcakes

1/2 cup butter (1 stick) room temperature

8 oz cream cheese, room temperature

3 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

Dash of milk

* Make sure butter and cream cheese are at room temperature otherwise they will not cream properly.

Mix butter, cream cheese, vanilla, and 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar. Slowly add the remainder of the powdered sugar to your liking as well as the dash of milk. For firmer frosting, add powered sugar and for thinner frosting, add milk.

Enjoy!

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