Easy Pizza Dough
2 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. oil
1 pkg. dry yeast
1 c. water (warm)
Lots of herbs
Mix yeast and warm water; let set 5 minutes. Mix into first 4 ingredients and add herbs. Let rise in warm place for 20 minutes. Press into 10 x 13 inch pan. Add favorite sauce and topping. Bake about 20 minutes or until done at 400 degree oven.
Easy Coffee Cake
This recipe for coffee cake is so simple you can make it in about 10 minutes, bake it in 30 and be serving it 20 minutes later. It’s the perfect last-minute treat for unexpected guests.
It is also very easy to remember as you do everything in proportion to the number of eggs you are using, with 2oz each of butter, flour and sugar for every egg.
The recipe here makes a round cake of 8in diameter, but you could easily use just two eggs and 4oz of the other ingredients for a smaller cake or four eggs and 8oz of the flour, sugar and butter for a larger one.
170g (6oz) self-raising flour
170g (6oz) butter or margarine
170g (6oz) caster sugar1 teaspoon of baking powder
Strong black coffee
MethodPre-heat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius (340 degrees Fahrenheit) and either grease your cake tin or line it with greaseproof paper. I prefer to grease it with butter as it means you have less waste at the end. If your tin is old and well used, though, paper may be the best way to go as it’ll have less chance of sticking.
Make a very small, very strong black coffee using two desert spoons of instant coffee granules and the smallest amount of hot water that you can to get it all to dissolve. Certainly don’t use more than half an espresso cup of water. The more water you use, the sloppier your cake will be, and it might not bake properly.
If mixing by hand, sift the flour, sugar and baking powder into a large bowl to make sure there are no lumps, then melt the butter and stir both that and the coffee into the dry ingredients. Mix well until it is a smooth paste and you can see no dry flour or sugar in the mixture. Beat hard, using a circular motion with the spoon that lifts the mixture up from the bottom of the bowl to introduce as much air into it as you can.
If using a mixer, instead sift the flour, sugar and baking powder into the mixing bowl, add the coffee and melted butter and them mix at high speed for a couple of minutes until you get a smooth, light mixture.
Spoon your mixture into your baking tin or individual cup cake cases and put into the oven. If baking a single cake, cook for around 30 minutes, then test by taking it out of the oven and gently pressing the top (use gloves as it will be hot). If it springs back and is an even brown colour, it is finished. If not, bake a little longer and try again. You shouldn’t need to cook for more than 35 minutes.