For 4

1 T dry yeast
1 cup lukewarm water
1 T sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 T olive oil
2.5 - 3 cups flour

Dissolve yeast mixture in a bowl. Add sugar, salt, and oil. Mix well. Gradually add flour to from a stiff dough. Knead on a floured surface until smooth and elastic. Place in greased bowl, cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk. Separate dough into 4 or 6 even balls. Roll out balls into flat circles. Place calzone fillers on one half of the rolled out circles. Fold over and seal up the edges. Put on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for about 15 minutes or until nicely brown. Serve with tomato sauce spooned on top of each calzone.

Filling ideas: mozzarella cheese, broccoli, fresh spinach, pepperoni, ham

What I learned while making this recipe: You'd think calzones would be hard to make, not true! One of the keys to making successful dough is the temperature of your house. When I made dough during the winter, it was about 68 degrees in our house and the dough was having a hard time rising. When I went to make the dough this summer, it was over 78 degrees in the house and that yeast went to town. My suggestion: if you're making this in cold temps (and your keeping the heat bill low), put the dough bowl on the stove while it preheats.

Recipe from Janice

1 comment:

Janice said...

Wow! Two my recipes posted. Thanks Ash. I'll contribute more.