These c o l d days have me craving comfort food. You know, the kind that warms you through and makes you sleep well under those down comforters. I pulled out an old recipe from a couple of winters ago. It was a winner!
I haven't had bread rising in a bowl on the kitchen counter for a while. It felt so good.
This, my friends is about to make 8 delicious calzones.
You can really fill them with any of your favorites. I prefer spinach, onion and ricotta, but just did ricotta this time around. (The kids favorites.)
1 cup of warm water, 1 1/2 tsp dry yeast, 1 Tbs honey.
When bubbly add:
2 1/2-3 cups flour (mixed whole wheat and white, or just white), 1 1/2 tsp salt.
Knead 10-15 minutes (I mix mine using the electric mixer fit with the dough blade and let it run for about 5 minutes adding water or flour depending on what is needed to form a ball.) Cover, and set in a warm place to rise until doubled in size. About an hour. (Prepare filling while dough rises.)
1/2 lb ricotta cheese, 2 TBLS minced fresh onion, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, a couple spoonfuls of marinara. You can add any veggies you have sauteed. Add a bunch of garlic if you like, too. Really, anything goes.
Punch down the risen dough and form into a ball. Divide into 8 sections and roll out in rounds 1/4 inch thick. Fill with 1/2 cup filling on one half of the circle, leaving a 1/2 inch rim. Moisten the rim with water, fold the empty side over and crimp the edge with a fork. Prick the top. Bake on an oiled cookie sheet in an oven that has been pre-heated to 450˚ for 15-20 minutes or until crisp and lightly browned. Brush each pastry with a little butter as it emerges from the oven.
We don't have school tomorrow due to the cold temperatures. I can't wait to be stuck in the house with some yarn, the kids and the oven!