Lazy Morning Breakfast Pizza

I did nothing on Saturday but veg. And let me tell you, it was the BEST decision I had made all week. Sometime we forget in the hustle and bustle of it all that we just need moments of absolute laziness to balance everything out.

Part of my plans to “do nothing” consisted of making delicious food all day. See for me, cooking is therapy. And while other rooms in my house may get untidy, my kitchen never does. It’s my sanctuary.

For Saturday morning, I was in a colorful mood. I wanted something hearty, and bold, with a little kick. My friend decided to come over for breakfast, and he can eat. I asked him what he wanted to eat, where he simply replied “pizza”. And did I give him one hell of a pizza.

4 eggs, soft scrambled
5 strips of bacon, cooked and diced
1/8 white onion, rough chopped
1 cup spinach
1/3 cup artichoke hearts, rough diced
1/4 cup roasted yellow tomatoes in olive oil, rough diced
5 ounces herb Goat Cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
5 tbs sour cream
1 tbs Tabasco
1 whole wheat pizza dough
salt and pepper, to taste

Again, for the many talents I have, pizza dough is not one of them. I will get there some day, but I just have failed too many times at making it and don’t have the patience to let it rise long enough that my pizza dough usually comes out a hard disk. Not good. BUT, if you have a knack for making a delicious dough, by all means use it. For this recipe, I enjoy the taste of the whole wheat dough as opposed to white flour dough. But either can work.

The most important thing here is to start the pizza components, and assemble everything at the end. First, cook your bacon strips until they are crispy. Save the bacon grease (which you should always do… in case you don’t) as we will add some to a pan later for the eggs.¬† Once the bacon is cooked and drained, rough chop it and set aside.

Start dicing up your vegetables. Rough chopping here is fine because it adds texture to the dish. I had some beautiful roasted yellow tomatoes on hand, but sun-dried tomatoes can also work.

Next, it is time to cook the eggs. Scrambled eggs work best here, and I am going to leave it up to you to scramble them the way you like. Personally, I crack my eggs in a dish, and add some half and half, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and a sprinkle of cayenne. This adds layers of flavor to the eggs, but some people prefer not to mess with them.

Add about 1 tbs butter to a pan and about 1 tbs bacon grease. Wait for the butter to melt and then add the eggs.

Soft scramble the eggs ONLY. You will be baking them some more on the pizza, and don’t want them to come out overdone and rubbery.

Once the eggs are cooked, place on a dish and set aside. At this stage, you should have your vegetables chopped, eggs done, bacon crumbled, and cheese ready to go.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Lay out your pizza dough on a pizza stone. The base  for this pizza is simply 5 tbs sour cream mixed with 1 tbs Tabasco sauce for a kick.

Smear the sour cream onto your pizza dough. Top with the vegetables.

Next, add the bacon and the eggs. Make sure to add a little bit of pepper at this step to season the whole pizza. Do not add salt; that is what the Parmesan cheese is for.

Sprinkle on the Parmesan cheese. As a the final step, dollop on the goat cheese evenly around the pizza.

Bake in the oven for 12 minutes or until the crust becomes golden brown and the cheese turns slightly toasty colored on the tips. Slice it up and eat it with a cup of coffee or tea.

My lazy morning snuggle companion. Mom was in a good mood that day; he got a few snibbles of bacon.


Rosemary and Olive Oil Pound Cake

My mother always made the most amazing pound cake growing up. She would sprinkle the top with sugar, lemon juice, and nutmeg and my sister and I would fight over who got the crusty, crisp middle piece. Sharing didn’t prevail in my household; it was a dog eat dog kind of dynamic when it came to my mom’s pound cake, the morning bacon, and who got the TV remote. This is a variation on her pound cake.

1/2 olive oil
1 cup butter, plus 2 tbs
2 1/2 cups white sugar
5 eggs
2 teaspoons almond extract
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup milk (whole is best)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tbs rosemary
3 cups cake flour

3 tbs granulated sugar
2 tbs olive oil
1/2 lemon, juice squeezed

Normal pound cakes call for shortening, but since this one is made with olive oil, that would be too much fat. Instead of the shortening, for this recipe the olive oil is added to the pound cake. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and grease a loaf pan (depending on the size of your pan, you may need to grease two).

The first thing we want to do is infuse the cake with the rosemary flavor. I wouldn’t normally melt the butter, but in this case I am going to. Once the butter starts to get frothy, add the rosemary. Do not heat this on high, as you do not want the butter to burn or get dark brown.

Make your pound cake mix. In my haste I forgot to take photos of the steps; my apologies. Essentially, combine the flour, salt and baking powder in a large bowl. Add the sugar and stir thoroughly. Next, add the milk, eggs, vanilla, and almond extract. Partially stir the ingredients, and then add the olive oil.

Take the butter off the heat. Once it has cooled down, add it to the mixture, WITH the rosemary. You want that pretty green color in the cake. Mix all the ingredients together and set aside.

Spray your pan with a little bit of olive oil spray, or smear it with a bit of butter. This cake has a LOT of fat, so it should not stick to your pan, but I do this to just be safe. Pour your batter into the loaf pan and fill it in between 3/4 and all the way full. Squeeze the top of it with the half of lemon, or drizzle over the juice you pre-squeezed.

Next, drizzle the olive oil over the top of the pound cake (the extra 2tbs). Once both are on top of the cake, add the 3tbs sugar to create that delicious crust.

Bake at about an hour and fifteen minutes at 300 degrees.

You will see the cake puff up in the middle and split open like pound cakes usually do. Enjoy for breakfast or dessert, or as an afternoon snack with tea. I brought my cake to my friend Rebecca’s wedding party to give to her family for the next morning.

Katie and I at the party