Tuesday, February 2, 2010

ApRicot cOokies, aNd EggpLant PiZzA

That was the most salivating dinner ever! Really, you have to try it! It all starts with a homemade pizza crust of your choice, we used the plain Chebe, surprised? We shall call it...

... Eggplant, Chevre, and Garlic Dream Pizza

1 homemade crust of your choice
2 tsp tarragon, mixed into pizza dough

1/2 large eggplant, sliced thinly
3 cloves garlic minced
3 small leaves red chard, sliced thinly
3 Tbs goat cheese chevre
3 Tbs olive oil

Make pizza dough. Your baking time and temperature may very depending on what dough you use. Brush the dough with olive oil, and bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, grill the eggplant slices in olive oil. When dough is ready, add eggplant, garlic and chard. Bake 10 more minutes. Sprinkle with chevre, bake 3 more minutes. Remove from the oven, slice and serve!!
The best pizza ever! If you are like my mama and despise goat cheese, just sub it with some soft lightly flavored cheese. So yummy, we ate the whole thing..... Brian's mom helped.

So for dessert, we made the Flying Apron Apricot Thumb print Cookies. I alter the recipe, as always, and will give you my altered version. I also usually cut this recipe in half.

2 and 3/4 cups brown rice flour
1 and 1/2 cups plus 1 Tbs garbanzo bean flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp blood orange zest
1 cup melted coconut oil
1 cup organic sucanat sugar
1 cup hemp milk
Apricot puree (recipe follows)

Apricot Puree
1 and 1/2 cups dried apricots
1 Tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp sucanat sugar

To make the puree. Steam the apricots for 5-10 minutes, till soft. put in blender with vanilla, lemon juice, sucanat and 1/4 cup of the water from steaming. Blend till a thick jam like paste.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt and zest in large bowl. In a small bowl blend sugar and coconut oil. Add sugar mix, small amounts at a time to flour mix, alternate adding with hemp milk, till well blended. I put the dough in the fridge for 5 minutes so it firms up. Take dough out of fridge, form into 1" balls, lightly flatten. Let someone you love place the thumb prints into the balls. Fill the thumb prints with the apricots puree. Bake about 14 minutes. Yummy!

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