Vegan Burger Recipe

Vegan Burger Recipe

Nothing says "summer eats" quite like a burger!  I'm trying to eat a little leaner and cleaner this summer, but I still have to get my burger fix.  This classic burger recipe by Rich Roll's plant power meal planner, is flavorful and packs a "meaty" punch, while skipping the fat and cholesterol found in meat-based burgers. 

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Whole Foods Buffalo Chicken Pizza Recipe

Whole Foods Buffalo Chicken Pizza Recipe

In a pinch for time, I would head to WholeFoods and pick up a couple of slabs of their pre-made pizza dough.  It's certainly not the same as making our 72 hour dough recipe, yet still more flavorful and rewarding than ordering takeout.  

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Turn Your Gas Grill Into A Pizza Oven

Turn Your Gas Grill Into A Pizza Oven

Summer has taken its sweet time getting here this year, but now that it's just around the corner say hello to grilling season!  For us at Baking Steel, that includes grilling pizza.  

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Simple Earthy Crunchy Granola Recipe

Simple Earthy Crunchy Granola Recipe

Granola isn't the first thing that pops into your head when you hear Baking Steel, I get it. But here's what's cool. Granola is awesome. Also, it's REALLY EASY TO MAKE.

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Plant Based Pizza Recipe

Plant Based Pizza Recipe

Today we're talking plant-based pizza in the Baking Steel test kitchen.  Plant-based is a diet based on foods derived from plants.  Think vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, fruit...you get the picture.  So pizza fits right into this mix!  

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Simple Challah Bread Recipe

Simple Challah Bread Recipe

This was Mandy's first time baking Challah on a Baking Steel.  While it may not be a necessary tool, the Steel truly helped give this loaf a phatter rise and a faster bake than her traditional way of making it.  Score!  

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Portobello Burger Recipe

Portobello Burger Recipe

If you are anything like me, you know that adopting a healthier lifestyle is not always easy.  However, I think I've found just what I've been looking for in Rich Roll's Plantpower Meal Planner.  The database of recipes is amazing-everything is well thought out and so far, extremely tasty!  For a minimal cost, it has made my quest to eat better, very easy.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies on the Baking Steel

Chocolate Chip Cookies on the Baking Steel

After a few experiments, we had our conclusion.  The first thing Deanna said was, “This is what they should taste like.” Score!  The final bake time was right around 22 minutes, our oven was heated to 300 degrees F and the internal temperature of the Baking Steel was 275 degrees F

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Thin Crust Pizza Dough Recipe

Thin Crust Pizza Dough Recipe

Pair this thin crust pizza dough with a scorching hot Baking Steel and you will be making pizza that rivals the best pizzerias on the planet. All from your home kitchen. Thin is in...

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Potatoes Rösti: The Original Potato Pancake

Potatoes Rösti: The Original Potato Pancake

Rösti Potatoes have been around forever. A classic Swiss-German side dish, Potatoes Rösti have morphed into the modern American eateries as delicious Potato Pancakes. We like to keep it classic. Fry in butter, beautifully shredded/grated potatoes and crisp them up on our secret weapon, the Baking Steel Griddle.

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Facebook Live Under 4 minute Pizza

Facebook Live Under 4 minute Pizza

Today we made our first pizza live on Facebook.  It was pretty epic!  Our goal was to show you how we make a pizza in under 4 minutes.  Mission accomplished!  

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Breakfast Tacos with Corn Salsa

Taco Tuesday is a weekly thing at my house, sometimes even Taco Thursday if things get a little crazy! Come to find out, Breakfast Tacos are equally as awesome! Throw a fresh Corn Salsa on top and you'll be singing!

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The Secret to Making Round Pizza

The secret to round pizza.
The secret to round pizza.

You already know my secret weapon for homemade pizzas is my Baking Steel. Well, I have another little secret to share. There is a trick to making round pizza and I am going to share it with you.  And you don't need to say abracadabra or tap your magic wand.  You may think it requires years of practice, it doesn't.  Here is the secret, if you want a round pizza start with a round dough. It's that simple.  Why round?  Circles are graceful, they suggest community and perfection.

After my dough has fermented on the counter for 18 hours and I'm not going to use it, I store it in a round plastic cylinder.  Divide and ball your dough into rounds, be sure to pinch the seem and give it a tight seal.  In this case, the pizza dough has been fermenting for 2 days in the fridge. You can find these cylinders in virtually any super market.  I have a stash of these in my cabinets from Glad.  Let me show you my stretching technique, and I would love for you to chime in and let me know if you have a secret to round pizza.

secret to round pizza.
secret to round pizza.
Getting ready to shape.
Getting ready to shape.

Shaping the Dough

The dough should be removed from the refrigerator at least one hour before shaping.  You want to let it rest and come to room temperature.

Take one ball of dough and generously flour it and your hands.  Start by pressing down on the dough and gently pressing this dough out evenly keeping the cylinder shape. Continue this until the dough is about 6 inches in diameter.  Just be careful not to knock all the gas bubbles out.  We like bubbles.

pressing the dough
pressing the dough
lightly press down the dough, careful with the air bubbles.
lightly press down the dough, careful with the air bubbles.
Be careful not to knock out the air bubbles.
Be careful not to knock out the air bubbles.
Pressing the dough softly.
Pressing the dough softly.
Get ready for lift off.
Get ready for lift off.

Next we're going to lift the dough off the work surface and place it on our knuckles.  Once in position, continue to rotate and stretch the dough on the back of your knuckles in one direction.  Pull it wider and wider with each rotation until you reach your desired diameter.  With this size dough (213 grams) that's about 10-11 inches.

dough on the knuckles
dough on the knuckles
Grab the dough and place it on the back of your knuckles.
Grab the dough and place it on the back of your knuckles.
continue rotating.
continue rotating.
Using the back of your knuckles, begin stretching.
Using the back of your knuckles, begin stretching.
Gently begin rotating and stretching the dough with the back of your knuckles.
Gently begin rotating and stretching the dough with the back of your knuckles.
continue stretching, ever so lightly
continue stretching, ever so lightly
continue rotating and stretching
continue rotating and stretching
just about ready for the pizza peel
just about ready for the pizza peel

Now take a lubricated peel, flour, semolina will do the trick and gently place your dough on top.   Your pizza is ready for topping.

-Andris

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Ready to top. I love these tiny air bubbles.
Ready to top. I love these tiny air bubbles.
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Perfectly Crispy Fries Without The Fryer.

Perfectly Crispy Fries Without The Fryer.

Have you ever met someone who doesn't like French Fries? Me neither. Crispy potatoes with salt and ketchup. Let's be honest, not much better than that. Most people don't have a countertop fryer at home and thats a good thing for most! No need to fret, we're going to use our secret weapon, the Baking Steel.

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Three Onion Pizza Recipe

Three Onion Pizza Recipe

I always have pizza dough ready to rock and roll in the fridge.  And after a pizza class, we always have left over caramelized onions and sliced red onions leftover from our Stromboli the night before.

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Homemade Spring Asparagus and Egg Pizza

Homemade Spring Asparagus and Egg Pizza

It's spring and that means soon we will be filling our pantry with lots of fresh vegetables from our local farm. I can not wait.  Lately, i've been seeing a lot of asparagus stocking the shelves at wholefoods. It was time to bring some home and toss it on a pizza.   I saw shaved asparagus pizza a few weeks back on Smitten Kitchen.  

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I Can't Believe That's How You Make Butter

I Can't Believe That's How You Make Butter

It's funny some times how the simplest things in life can get blown out of proportion. I remember when I was first taught how to make ricotta and was blown away by how easy it is. Really, it's quite simple. The same thing happens with making butter at home. 

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New York Style Dough Recipe With Some Heat

New York Style Pizza Dough is the epitome of delicious! Here's more good news-this style pizza cooks perfectly in your home oven on a Baking Steel.  In place of sugar, we added a little Mike's Hot Honey to the dough.  That's just how we roll.  Enjoy!

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Baked on Steel Polenta Fries

Baked on Steel Polenta Fries

A couple of weeks ago, I connected with a new Instagram friend, Tom McLean (@sharpandshinyshop).  Tom is a passionate cook at home, as well as at the Firehouse.  He creates some of the most beautiful kitchen "sharps" I've seen! You definitely need to check him out.  

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Portobello Twice Cooked Pizza

Portobello Twice Cooked Pizza

Looking for a little Wednesday inspiration? How about a portobello mushroom and caramelized onion, thin-crust? The meatiness of the roasted mushrooms, the sweetness of the golden onions and the salty-ness of the provolone cheese makes for one delicious combination! 

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