Corn Pizza

Since I love pizza and corn I decided to combine the two and make Corn Pizza! For Valentines I am going to make a heart-shaped Corn Pizza and eat it while day dreaming about Chad Greenway. I bet Chad would like my Corn Pizza and I bet Martha Stewart would like it too. One of my friends came over to help me make this delicious creation. I’m sure you are thinking I’m crazy for putting corn on pizza but don’t knock it until you try it. . . it’s actually very good!

Prep time: 40 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Ready in: 1 hour

Pizza Ingredients:
1 can Hunts tomato sauce (I prefer Roasted Garlic flavor)
1 package Kraft pizza cheese
Pepperoni
Corn
(You may add any combination of ingredients…I added pineapple, red onions and banana peppers)

Crust ingredients: (cut in half – this recipe makes dough for two pizzas)
2 1/2 to 3 cups all purpose flour
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. slat
1 package regular or quick active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
3 tbsp. olive or vegetable oil
1 cup very warm water

Directions:
In large bowl, mix 1 cup of the flour, the sugar, salt and yeast.

Add oil and warm water. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed for 3 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour until dough is soft and leaves sides of bowl. Use bread hook if you have a KitchenAid mixer and knead bread with hook on medium speed for 3-4 minutes. If you don’t have a KitchenAid, place dough on a lightly floured surface.

Knead 5 to 8 minutes or until dough is smooth and springy. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest 30 minutes.


Preheat your oven to 385 degrees.


Roll out dough with rolling pin and place on pizza pan. Spread the tomato sauce on pizza and top with a layer of pepperoni.

Scatter corn on top of pepperoni. (Feel free to add pineapple, banana peppers and red onions like I did or any other ingredient you like).

Lastly, cover pizza with cheese.

Bake for 18-20 minutes or…


until cheese and bottom of crust is golden brown.

Cut into eight pieces and enjoy!

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Amazing Corn Cake

In honor of my very first corn-based food item, I thought it would be more than appropriate to make a cake to celebrate the occasion. I made Amazing Corn Cake also to celebrate the first week of school back at St. Thomas. Amazing Corn Cake has a delightful taste similar to corn bread and a muffin blended into one. Butter is a wonderful complement to this piece, although not a requirement.

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 30 min

Ready in: 50 min

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees F (or 175 degrees C)

Ingredients:

  • 1 (14.75 ounce) can cream-style corn
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

All Ingredients for Amazing Corn Cake

Note: I am still a college student, and had to get a little creative with my ingredient containers.

Directions

In a medium size bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

2 1/4 cups flour (I used whole wheat flour to be a wee bit healthier)

Flour for Amazing Corn Cake

1 tablespoon baking powder,

Baking Poweder for Amazing Corn Cake

1 teaspoon baking soda,

Baking Powder for Amazing Corn Cake

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Cinnamon for Amazing Corn Cake

and 1 teaspoon salt

Dry Mix for Amazing Corn Cake

I chose not to add salt, but always bake to your liking. Be sure mix dry ingredients first (except the sugar) to prevent lumps in the mixture.

In a mixing bowl, combine corn and sugars

1 (14.75 ounce) can cream-style corn

Cream and Corn for Amazing Corn Cake

My grocery store did not have the creamed corn the recipe calls for, so I made my own cream-style corn with a small carton of heavy whipping cream and a can of corn (how easy is that?)

1/2 cup packed brown sugar and

3/4 cup white sugar

Sugars for Amazing Corn Cake

Another advantage of being a college student is that I have no mixer, automatic or hand-held, so I am forced to whisk my ingredients together by hand.

Whisked Sugars and Corn for Amazing Corn Cake

Beat in eggs and oil till well blended. I like to beat my eggs before adding them to anything else so that the yoke doesn’t cause any trouble while mixing.

3 eggs

Eggs for Amazing Corn Cake

1 cup vegetable oil

Oil and Eggs in Amazing Corn Cake

The Oil is a little hard to see, but it’s there!

Mix flour mixture into batter.

Wet and Dry Ingredients Combined in Amazing Corn Cake

Now we’re starting to get a the perfect consistency of cake!

Stir in raisins and nuts.

1/2 cup raisins

Raisins for Amazing Corn Cake

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Chopped Walnuts for Amazing Corn Cake

The corn mixture is complete! Now to turn the batter into cake.

Reminder: Did you already preheat the over to 350 degrees Fahrenheit?

Oven Temperature for Amazing Corn Cake

Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan

Greased Pan for Amazing Corn Bread

Pour batter into greased 9 x 13 inch pan.
Batter in Pan for Amazing Corn Cake

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or till you can insert a tooth pick in the middle of the cake and remove the toothpick without wet batter dripping off. Another way to check if your cake is done is . . .

Baking Amazing Corn Cake

If it looks perfect when cut into like this:

Piece of Cake for Amazing Corn Cake

I hope you enjoy your Amazing Corn Cake. Celebrate corn with this tasty little treat!

Bailout My Blog

My blogger career has barely launched and yet I seem to be failing at it. In order to save my blogging job in this dreadful recession, I’ve decided to try a new tactic, and will now do a weekly blog on a delectable food item. Everyone wants to read about Ford, right? Save my blog! My bailout plan was inspired by several of my biggest inspirations. My first and most prominent inspiration is agriculture, more specifically, corn farming. For those of you who do not know, I am an agriculture and communications major, so this new angle on blogging will hopefully help me get a job in my field of study after I graduate. The “Corn Field” seems to be the area where I shine. My blog was surely failing because I was not including enough about corn farming.

Nafaka: Ag Superfan!

My second biggest inspiration is Martha Stewart. Martha has been making home life more fabulous as long as I can remember. She makes fabulous things and then puts them on display for the world to enjoy. Martha has been on my list of idols right up there with Mother Theresa since I’ve known the definition of idol. She truly is an inspiration to all females everywhere.

The third inspiration I had for my bailout plan came from an unorthodox source, another blogger. The Pioneer Woman http://thepioneerworman.com has clearly made her way in the world (at least in recent years) through blogging. The Pioneer Woman photographs each step of a cooking process, and places this step-by-step process on her blog. This is precisely what I am going to do in my new, improved blog. I will make various corn recipes (hopefully I can find most from Martha) and blog about each step of the food making process.

As an added bonus, this will prepare me for being the perfect housewife for Chad Greenway . He might even ask me to be his girlfriend after he reads a few of my posts! If he doesn’t read my blogs, maybe I’ll get big enough and Martha-like enough that she’ll ask me on her daily show! Or maybe—ok, so I might be getting a little ahead of myself, but I have high expectations for this new angle. Stay tuned for corn-inspired recipes.

Chad Greenway, if you’re out there, please please please read my blog, and notice what a great cook I am!

Always keep growing,

Nafaka