Mini “amuse bouche” pizzas

Mini "amuse bouche" pizzas

While preparing pizza for dinner last night – we had a guest over so I had to double up on my pizza recipe below – I discovered that we had some leftover dough. It was enough for a pie pan but I figured that Eva would like it better if it were individual pizza rounds instead of slices. So I came up with a mini version of our pizza!

She absolutely LOVED it! She finished two mini pizzas happily and in less than 10 minutes too! Nil stole a mini to try it out and was absolutely floored by the crunch, flavour and melting textures in just one bite. It reminded us of the Top Chef challenge to make an “amuse bouche” or a one-bite finger food – hence its name.

You can use any topping you desire – last night’s was mushroom, black olives (pitted and sliced), red bell peppers or capsicum with smoked pork belly. I prefer my pizzas with more vegetables than meat so we usually have just one meat topping per pizza. Onions, salami, tuna chunks, ham, beef mince and even pineapples are good choices too.

Oh, a thin crust is important too so don’t forget to add flour and much strength when rolling your yummies out! No extra gear necessary…just good old fashioned muscle strength and I promise it won’t be messy (so put those rain boots aside). 🙂

Mini “amuse bouche” pizzas

Pizza dough (recipe from here)
Mozzarella cheese
Black olives
Red bell peppers-capsicum
White button mushrooms
Smoked pork belly
Tomato sauce

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 220 C and prepare muffin pans.
  2. Roll out the dough thinly and using a glass – or any round cutter which is the same diameter as each muffin mould – cut out circles.
  3. Place each circle of dough in the muffin pan and press down lightly to form an edge.
  4. Spread tomato sauce using a teaspoon and add the toppings – cheese ought to be the last.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until the cheese turns golden brown. Serve as is.
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Orange chocolate chip mini muffins

Orange chocolate chip mini muffins

I had some dark chocolate chips in the pantry and was wondering what to bake for Eva as her breakfast portions were running out. It so happened that I was rather lazy to make a cake (blame it on knitting, dyeing and other stuff like cotinine tests) – plus her freezer compartment was filled with other stuff like her dinner/lunch meals, Nil’s breads, my ice cream…well, you get the general idea. I was also eager to try out my Christmas gift from my mother-in-law – mini muffin silicon baking moulds. So muffin it was!

Turned out to be a good choice. The size was just right for Eva – I could give her two to three muffins for breakfast and one for a snack without having to half it or deal with leftovers. I was quite happy to do away with muffin cup liners too – no more paper!!!! Definitely a great choice of bakeware!

As for the recipe, the original didn’t call for orange – I bought a few on a whim to make some cake but didn’t have the mood to make it. So rather than let the orange go to waste, I decided to add a tangy twist to it. Orange goes so well with chocolate, especially dark chocolate and definitely no complaints from Eva or us adult testers!

Orange chocolate chip mini muffins
Adapted from Simple Home Baking’s chocolate chip muffin recipe

115 gms butter
70 gms brown sugar
2 eggs
215 gms plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder*
125 ml milk
170 gms dark chocolate chips
Rind from 1 orange
1 tsp orange juice

* Omit if using self-raising flour.

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190 C and prepare muffin moulds/pans.
  2. Cream butter until soft before adding sugar. Beat until light in colour and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, before adding in the orange rind and juice.
  4. Sift together the flour (and baking powder, if using), twice. Fold into the butter mixture while alternating with milk. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Fill the muffin cups halfway and bake until lightly coloured – about 25 minutes. Stand for 5 minutes before turning out.
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Blog slow-down.

The past week has been quiet – apart from the Daphne Iking post. I did have a couple of drafts but find myself feeling lazy whenever faced with the prospects of updating them.

Offline, my life is hectic despite my recent fatigue and another spell of the common cold, no thanks to colleagues. I’ve found myself doing more knitting and dyeing than anything else – my poor sewing machine has been sitting on the shelf, getting a longer-than-usual rest.

Perhaps this is just a phase – y’know, where bloggers get a little tired of blogging about their lives? O’well, maybe things will pick up again over the coming weeks when I have more to say or get over this constant e-fatigue.

In the meantime, I’ll just enjoy the “silence”.

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