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Category: Breads

Crusty French Bread

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Crusty French Bread

bread flour or high gluten flour 3 and 1/2 cups

sugar 1 tablespoon

salt 1 teaspoon

fast active yeast 2 and 1/4 teaspoons

warm water 1 and 1/2 cups

canola oil 2 tablespoons

In a Kitchen Aide using the dough hook, add flour, salt, and sugar. Place yeast in small bowl and add 1 tablespoon of warm water. Make a slush. Add all the yeast with a rubber spatula. Add warm water and start to mix on low gradually mixing to medium speed. When mixed, take the dough hook off and with your hands mix dough to make a ball. In a glass bowl, spray with baking spray and add your dough ball. Spray the top of the dough ball with cooking spray and cover with a warm moist paper towel. Example below.

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After one hour when dough has doubled in size take out and place on a floured cooking surface. Cut the dough in half and roll into 2 French Loafs. Example below.

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Make six bias cuts on the bread. Mix one egg white with one  tablespoon of cold water and use a pastry brush and to coat both loafs.  Bake in the oven on 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

Enjoy Jason

Dinner Bundle Rolls

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Dinner Bundle Rolls- Simply because we Bundle them in 3 small Balls and Bake them in a Muffin Pan. Easy and yet they look attractive…

Scalded Milk Mixture:

whole milk 2 cups

vegetable oil 1/2 cup

sugar 1/2 cup

Place all three ingredients in a Sauce pan and bring to a simmer on low-medium heat. Let cool for 15 minutes before adding to Flour Mixture.

Flour Mixture:

all-purpose flour 4 and 1/2 cups

baking powder 1 teaspoon

baking soda 1/2 teaspoon

salt 1 teaspoon

fast active yeast 1 and 1/2 teaspoons

butter 1/8 cup melted for muffin baking pan

In a Kitchen Aide using the Dough Hook add flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Add a tablespoon of warm water to yeast to activate. Turn the yeast into paste and add to bowl.  Add a small amount of your Milk mixture which is cool now to the Kitchen Aide turned on slow. Continue adding Milk mixture until its finished. Knead Dough till its clean. Place warm paper towel over top of bowl and proof for 1 hour.

Melt butter and drizzle in the bottom of a Muffin Pan. Roll three small bundles of dough with your hands and place in each muffin slot until dough is gone.  Bake on 400 degrees for 17-20 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy, Jason.

Cheesy Garlic Biscuits

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Pippi

Baker Pippi’s Cheesy Garlic Biscuits.

We both saw some cool videos of something like this on the web, and Baker Pippi added some fresh ingredients and it was a total hit in our home. Very simple recipe with Original Pillsbury Grand Biscuits….

Unwrap one package of Pillsbury Grand biscuits and cut each one in four.

granulated garlic 1 teaspoon

fresh chopped garlic 1 teaspoon

fresh Italian parsley chopped 2 tablespoon’s

parmesan cheese 1 tablespoon

shredded mozzarella cheese 1 cup

butter melted 3 tablespoons

cooking spray

In a mixing bowl mix cut biscuits with all the above ingredients except the cooking spray. In a cup cake baking pan spray well with cooking spray. Add three cut pieces of biscuits with mixture. Example below.

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Cook on 350 degrees for 11-13 minutes, or until cooked thru. Enjoy, thanks you Baker Pippi. Jason

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Big Foot Bread

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Big Foot Bread

Ok so most call this Monkey Bread or Gorilla Bread. My little Lula has the peanut allergy so we had to make it safe for Casaculinarians home. Baker Pippi likes Cinnamon, so these are the basic changes without Nuts… Its Fantastic and Easy… Enjoy, Jason

sugar 1/2 cup

cinnamon 4 teaspoons

butter 1 stick (1/2 cup)

brown sugar packed 1 cup

cream cheese one 8 oz. package

regular refrigerated biscuits two 12 oz. packs

Use a Bundt pan and spray with baking spray. In a small mixing bowl, mix sugar, and cinnamon. Melt butter and brown sugar in pan on low heat, stirring well. Let cool. Cut cream cheese into small squares 15-20. Pack each biscuit pressing down with your fingers with a square of cream cheese in the middle being closed with your fingers surrounded by biscuit.  Put half of the biscuits in the bundt pan. Pour half of the sugar mixture on top, and then half of the butter mixture over that. Now place the rest of the biscuits on top sealing all gaps.  Sprinkle with the rest of sugar mixture and then add melted butter and brown sugar. Cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes than flip dessert over on a plate. Big Foot time!

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Inspired by watching Finding Big Foot with my Girls for the past 4 years, getting nothing!

Pippi

Thanks Baker Pippi, Enjoy!

Rosemary, Onion, and Garlic Focaccia

 

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Last night I said I was going to make Homemade Dinner Rolls with our Soup and Salad for Dinner… I couldn’t sleep well- I think the menu didn’t sit well with me. So at 4:00 AM tossing and turning in bed I decided some Homemade Focaccia will compliment the Veal Milanese over Salad and Manhattan Clam Chowder better… I finally got to bed, so here it is.

Casaculinarian.com pizza dough recipe. Link below. I suggest using High Gluten Flour if possible.

Pizza Dough for Home

olive oil 1/2 cup

fresh rosemary sprigs 2 tablespoons

salt and pepper taste

grated parmesan cheese 1/8 cup

onion 1/2 julienned

garlic 3 bulbs sliced

Italian seasonings 1 tablespoons

parsley 1 tablespoon

granulated garlic salt 1 teaspoon

 On a Sicilian pan or cookie sheet add olive oil and spread out evenly  on pan. Place dough after it is ready on the pan. Spread out like a round thick pizza, so its still 1 inch thick. With a pastry brush add olive oil to top of dough. Use a fork and poke holes all over top of dough. Cover with plastic wrap and place in you oven for 3-4 hours. Do not turn oven on. The dough will proof and double in side.

Take dough out of oven and turn oven on 400 degrees. In a sauté pan add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sauté onions and garlic. Brown the onions and garlic but do not burn. Season Focaccia with all seasonings and herbs. Add onions and garlic to top. Example below.

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Cook on 400 degrees and before it browns add more olive oil with a pastry brush. Finish in the oven till golden brown. (olive oil may not be completely used.) Enjoy! You can use this for sandwiches or as a side.

Caprese Salad over a Warm Flat Bread with our own Homemade Fresh Mozzarella Cheese

Caprese on Flat bread

Caprese is a beautiful Italian word that means (In my mind at least) Italian Plum Tomatoes, Red Onions, Fresh Mozzarella to me. If I ever do open a Restaurant I considered calling it “Caprese”

This recipe has some moving parts if you want to create it all from scratch, of course you can buy a Pita and the Fresh Mozzarella from the store to make it easy. I learned a lot of my simple ingredient recipes from a Wonderful Chef I worked with years ago. Her name is Lauren Collura, she has her own Catering Buisness in New York and New Jersey. She was as good a Chef I ever worked side by side with. She spent years in Europe before I met her and worked with me. She told me something the first day we started working together. “In Europe they use very little ingredients- so you can taste the food.”

Thanks Chef Collura.

Flat Bread-

I use my pizza dough recipe. Link below. I cut into 4 sections and rustic shapes. You can buy Pitas and season as well. If you use my recipe try to substitute All Purpose Flour with High Gluten Flour.

Pizza Dough for Home

olive oil spray

pepper taste

parmesan cheese sprinkled on dough

Italian seasonings sprinkled on dough

parsley sprinkled on dough

granulated garlic salt sprinkled on dough.

Take your dough ball and cut into four sections. Roll dough out in any shape for a rustic dough. Place them on a pizza screen. Spray them all with olive oil spray. Or use a pastry brush and coat lightly with olive oil. Season with all the above seasonings and spices. Example below.

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Cook in oven at 400 degrees. Cook till dough is lightly brown on bottom.

Now time to make the Caprese Salad:

ball of fresh mozzarella homemade or from the store. Link will be at end of recipe.

Baby Arugula 3 cups

Plum Tomatoes 2 diced without seeds

red onion 1/2 julienned

olive oil 3 tablespoons

lemon juice (no vinegar this is your acid) 1 tablespoon

salt and pepper taste

Making Fresh Mozzarella at Home

Put all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. Example below.

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Serve over warm Flat Bread. Enjoy! Jason

Homemade Italian Bread

Italian Bread

Homemade Italian Bread from your kitchen. Remember I never claimed to be a Baker. I hate to measure ingredients!!! Hate it, but since I’ve started this Blog I have had to break down all my recipes one by one, because I’m used to cooking in High Volume Kitchens. My wife’s ready to try it… My wife is dipping it in Olive Oil with Red Pepper Flakes and keeps saying Yum!

high gluten flour 5 1/2 cups to 6 cups

fast active yeast 5 teaspoons

salt 2 teaspoons

sugar 1 tablespoon

butter 1 tablespoons melted

water 1 1/2 cups to 2 cups warm (varies with humidity)

olive oil 1 tablespoon

For after the bread is cooked:

1 egg white whipped

In a Kitchen Aide add 5 1/2 cups of High Gluten Flour. Add salt, sugar, melted butter, and olive oil. In a small bowl measure yeast and add enough warm water to cover yeast. Stir yeast and let activate, about 5 minutes. Add Yeast to mixture and add 1 cup of warm water. Using the Dough Hook put on slow to medium. While its mixing add the rest of the water. Mix until dough is formed and add more flour if needed. Dough should not be sticky and should come off the walls of the bowl. Example below.

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Knead the dough on a floured surface to make a ball. Add back to the bowl and cover soaked warm paper towel for 1 hour.

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Dough will double in size. On a floured surface add proofed dough.

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Proofed Dough.

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Proofed dough on a floured surface.

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Cut directly in half and shape a bit.

italian bread ready for the oven

With a knife make a thin slice down the middle. Brush with Egg White and bake at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes. When out of the oven add butter to the slits for added flavor. (optional) Enjoy!

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Teaching myself High Gluten Flour Pizza Dough recipe…

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As I begin a new Journey in my career… I’m actively looking to open up a Restaurant in the Poconos, PA. I have always had a passion for Pizza Making since the age of 12. In the Summertime of 1986 I was 12 years old. Speaking of 1986 that was the first and last time I enjoyed a championship by my NY Mets. Anyway, I took a job at Pizza Town USA in Paramus on Rt. 17 where Dunkin Donuts now resides. It was my family’s favorite Pizzeria. He knew us and offered me the job. Little did I know that my first job at the age of 12 would require 10-12 days… LOL. I only lasted 4 days. Those 4 days were an unbelievable crash course of Pizza Restaurant 101. I cleaned the tables, the bathrooms, mixed the dough, shredded the cheese, and learned to spin a Pizza. I loved it! I didn’t enjoy working 10 hour days at the age of 12 though. I did not make a pizza in my career until I started in Corporate Food Service. So I never have had a chance to make dough again because Corporate America uses great Frozen dough ball products. I’ve done everything else, but missed the most important part… At home I made good Pizza Dough but its not the same using All Purpose Flour. So yesterday the development of real Pizza Dough began. I took my 3 year old Lula for a road trip to New Jersey. We visited Grandma first. Then went to Corrado’s which is a great Market in Patterson NJ. I purchases Whole Milk Curd for my Fresh Mozzarella making. When I open a place my Pizza will only have Fresh Mozzarella on it… Something you don’t see in the Pocono’s. Pizza will only be a small part of my menu. My Restaurant must have Pizza… Then we headed to Restaurant Depot and shopped for High Gluten Flour, yeast, and really quality San Marzano Tomatoes. Not only do I want my cheese to be unique, but sauce must be also. Road trip complete back to PA.

We had friends over to help with the tasting part of the new dough and sauce. For the first night all I could say was the taste of the dough was very good. Because I used the dough so young it didn’t cooperate with spinning and throwing. So I was not sure about it completely. I like my Pizza’s to look perfect and beautiful… It looked ok at best. So I knew the real test was today after a day in the refrigerator. Luckily, today it worked well and tasted even better. So we are getting there. Ill play around with the recipe a bit more. Below is the Pepperoni Roll I made tonight. Next up Country Fried Chicken…

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Sausage Bread

Lets start with my Pizza Dough recipe on Casaculinarian.com, best to use High Gluten Flour if Possible: Link below

Pizza Dough for Home

ground sausage 1/2 pound

pizza dough recipe on my site

mozzarella cheese 3/4 pound

olive oil 2 tablespoons

Italian seasonings 1 teaspoon

parmesan cheese 1 tablespoon

baking spray

Make your dough and let rise for 1 hour. Clear a working area and dust with flour. Add your dough to table and dust with flour. Work dough as if making a pizza.

open sausage rollAdd Sausage and Mozzarella to middle. Roll into stuffed bread like rolling a wrap sandwich. Make sure sides are sealed.

rolled sausage breadSpray cooking spray on a baking pan. Place Sausage Bread on top. Use olive oil to coat bread. Add Italian seasonings and parmesan cheese to top bread. Cook at 375 degrees till cooked. Let the bread rest for 15 minutes before cutting. Enjoy!

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