Yummy... Tomato Basil Pie
We have been at the Oxford Farmers Market for 3 weeks now. We sell a variety of different basil plants but our most popular is our sweet basil. I had a customer ask me yesterday if I had a good recipe for cooking basil. This is the recipe I gave her. One of my favorites.
Please be sure to let me know how you liked this recipe if you decide to try it.
9-inch prepared pie crust, unbaked
1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
4 medium tomatoes
1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
4 cloves garlic
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/8 tsp ground white pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Unfold the pie crust, and place in a 9-inch quiche or pie plate. Flute
the edges or press with fork tines. Pre-bake according to the package
directions. Remove from oven and sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the mozzarella
cheese. Cool on a wire rack.
Cut tomatoes into wedges and drain on paper towels. Arrange the wedges
on top of the melted cheese in the baked shell. In a food processor, combine
the basil and garlic, processing until coarsely chopped. Sprinkle over the
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the remaining mozzarella cheese,
mayonnaise, Parmesan and pepper. Spoon cheese mixture over basil mixture,
spreading to evenly cover the top.
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the top is golden and bubbly.
Serve warm garnished with basil leaves. Serves 4 to 8.
Bread dough prior to baking
Have you ever wanted to bake your own bread but didn't know where to begin or thought that it was going to be too difficult?
I came upon this recipe that is great for anyone that has never made their own bread. I also like this recipe because it makes to 2 loaves of bread. My daughter loves it so much that she won't eat regular store bought bread anymore. I would love to hear from anyone that tries it or if you have your own recipe to share please do so! Enjoy and happy bread making!
2 cups warm water (110 degrees)
2/3 cup white sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
6 cups bread flour
1. In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm water, and then stir in yeast. Allow to proof until yeast resembles a creamy foam.
2. Mix salt and oil into the yeast. Mix in flour on cup at a time. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Place in a well oiled bowl, and turn dough to coat. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
Note: I mix my flour one cup at a time in my mixer using the dough attachment. Once I mix all my flour I then take it out of the mixer and knead it by hand.
3. Punch dough down. Knead for a few minutes and divide in half. Shape into loaves, and place dough into two well oiled 9x5 inch loaf pans. Allow to rice for 30 minutes or until dough has risen 1 inch above pans.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
We have always had a dream to own our own farm and take pride in working hard to produce our own food. That dream is now coming true before our eyes and we look forward to sharing our experience!