Directions: Combine the basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add 1/2 cup of the oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Add all the remaining oil and pulse until smooth. Transfer the pesto to a large serving bowl and mix in the cheese.
Basil Pesto Base:
- 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parm
Pizza #2: I used prosciutto, tomatoes and cheese. I wanted a simpler set of toppings for at least one of the pizzas.
General Directions for TJ's Whole Wheat Dough usage:
1. Use parchment paper.
2. When rolling it out, it's easier to make 2 smaller pizza's than just one huge shape. Also, saran wrapping an empty paper towel cardboard insert totally works if you don't have a rolling pin. I really need to purchase one, come to think of it!
3. Set the oven to 425 degrees. Put the dough in on sprayed parchment paper for 12 minutes. Pop any bubbles that randomly pop up when you are baking the dough to brown it. Take it out, put the toppings on, then bake for another 12 and check it to make sure it's browning the way you like it. Woo!
Check out the Nutrition Facts for the TJ's dough. A healthy alternative to the deep dish! Click here.
Frosting Recipe for Cupcakes: Makes enough for 1 dozen cupcakes (I added in extra of all ingredients based on the number of mini cupcakes I thought I'd have. I was wrong. This is good for about 2 dozen mini's in the quantities below). I am not sure if I cheated by using pre-packaged cake batter. I couldn't help it. I just don't have that much time on my hands! So shoot me! The frosting is the best part, in my opinion, so I think that's the most important to keep home made.
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
- 4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature