Saturday, January 16, 2010
Homemade Calzones and Apple Pie
My little helper tonight, getting out the mixing bowl. "Cook Mommy?", he says.
Four pieces of pizza dough, ready to be made into calzones.
One piece of dough, roughly flattened by hand into a square shape. I'd say it was about 7 inches long. It only took a few tablespoons of veggies plus cheese to stuff.
My pale but yummy calzones, baking on our pizza stone.
The piece de resistance- the best apple pie I have ever eaten. My husband ate half of this pie within a half hour of baking.
I planned on making homemade pizza again for dinner tonight, but decided to break out of my weekend rut and try something different with the pizza dough. My husband loves calzones, and I wanted to avoid paying for eating out. This post was my inspiration.
I used the same basic bread machine pizza dough I've made for years. For this recipe, I made about 1.5 lbs. of dough, and divided it into 4 pieces. After dividing, I let the pieces rise for another 45 minutes or so. I flattened them by hand into a square, brushed the inside with olive oil, then stuffed them with onion, tomato, green olive, turkey pepperoni, garlic, and a 5-cheese mixture. I brushed the tops with olive oil, though it must not have been enough, because my calzones turned out pale instead of golden. They were still quite yummy, though! We dipped ours in a jarred spaghetti sauce. I had two balls of dough leftover, and plan on using them tomorrow. I'll keep them in the fridge, and then take them out and let them come to room temperature before using them.
My guesstimate is that our calzones cost less than a dollar each to make.
I had a couple of ready-made pie crusts in the fridge that really needed using by this weekend, and found a bag of organic granny smith apples that had been really marked down, so I decided to try making an apple pie. I searched the internet for a great recipe, and found this one for Grandma Ople's Apple Pie on allrecipes.com. I did make a few changes that were suggested in the comments.
I can't imagine eating an apple pie that didn't have cinnamon in it, so I added 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, and 1TB of vanilla to the syrup mixture that I made on the stovetop. I mixed the apples and the syrup mixture together in a bowl before dumping the coated apples into the pie shell. I cut the top crust into strips to make a lattice shape, then brushed the leftover syrup mixture from the mixing bowl on top of the lattice.
This pie was fantastic- and the syrup mixture on top gave it a wonderful golden, cinnamony glow. I will absolutely make it again.
I am happy to say I mostly stayed within my food budget this week. It was $73 this week, but I bought dishwasher detergent and a fancy glass de-streaker to add to the dishwasher load. They were probably about $7 total. Our glasses are getting a film on them, despite our use of a water softener, and it grosses me out. I tried vinegar and it didn't work- so on to stronger things. I used it last night, and I'd say it worked by 50%, and probably will de-film them with another run.