Monday, January 06, 2014

calzone love

These c o l d days have me craving comfort food.  You know, the kind that warms you through and makes you sleep well under those down comforters.  I pulled out an old recipe from a couple of winters ago.  It was a winner!
I haven't had bread rising in a bowl on the kitchen counter for a while.  It felt so good.  
This, my friends is about to make 8 delicious calzones.  
You can really fill them with any of your favorites.  I prefer spinach, onion and ricotta, but just did ricotta this time around. (The kids favorites.)

Serve with a salad and some homemade marinara on the side.   And perhaps a glass of red wine to really warm you!

The dough:
1 cup of warm water, 1 1/2 tsp dry yeast, 1 Tbs honey.
When bubbly add:
2 1/2-3 cups flour (mixed whole wheat and white, or just white), 1 1/2 tsp salt.

Knead 10-15 minutes (I mix mine using the electric mixer fit with the dough blade and let it run for about 5 minutes adding water or flour depending on what is needed to form a ball.)  Cover, and set in a warm place to rise until doubled in size.  About an hour. (Prepare filling while dough rises.)

The filling:
1/2 lb ricotta cheese, 2 TBLS minced fresh onion, 1 cup mozzarella cheese,  a couple spoonfuls of marinara.   You can add any veggies you have sauteed.  Add a bunch of garlic if you like, too.  Really, anything goes.

Punch down the risen dough and form into a ball.  Divide into 8 sections and roll out in rounds 1/4 inch thick.  Fill with 1/2 cup filling on one half of the circle, leaving a 1/2 inch rim.  Moisten the rim with water, fold the empty side over and crimp the edge with a fork.  Prick the top.  Bake on an oiled cookie sheet in an oven that has been pre-heated to 450˚ for 15-20 minutes or until crisp and lightly browned.  Brush each pastry with a little butter as it emerges from the oven.

We don't have school tomorrow due to the cold temperatures.  I can't wait to be stuck in the house with  some yarn, the kids and the oven!

14 comments:

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

I wish I had one of these in the oven right now. Yum.

Amy at love made my home said...

They look delicious, and a lovely way to ring the changes after all the Christmas food! xx

Swallow Barn said...

They certainly do look delicious - I might just have to give those a try. Thanks for the recipe!

Anita said...

Oh Yummy, they look good.
Hope they made you feel better.
lol Thanks for the recipe.
Cheers, Anita.

Jane said...

We are home today too! Thanks for the suggestion, I'm making these for dinner tonight! Stay warm!

Suzanne said...

Yummy, yummy inspiration. I will see if my kiddos would like to make these tonight as we too are home for the second day today due to frigid temps.

house on hill road said...

adding this to my list to make! yum!

thistledowns wool & cotton said...

I've been looking for something 'new'! Thanks!

kathy b said...

Mmmmm homemade calzones…I may have to try them.. .YUM

stitching under oaks said...

these look great! We've been making a lot of homemade pizza around here…this would be a nice change! Stay warm!

SapphireBlue said...

This cold weather has me eating way more than I should be.

Vonda said...

I just made these. Easy and delicious!! My husband and two boys loved them, as did I. Thanks!

stitching under oaks said...

we're having these tonight for Jammer's birthday dinner…at his request! thanks for sharing girl! And thanks for the card and the flowers…totally made me smile! Love you!

StaciL said...

Thank you for the recipe! I'm going to try it on my next day off. They look like the perfect polar vortex food. Add knitting and a cup of tea? Oh, bliss!