Apple Coffee Cake

  1 cup flour
  1 tsp baking powder
  1/2 tsp salt
  1/2 cup of sugar
  1 tsp ground cinnamon
  5 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  1 egg, beaten
  1/2 cup whole milk
  1 medium apple, peeled and sliced

1. Preheat the oven to 220°C. Grease a 9-inch square baking dish with or pie pan with a 4-cup capacity.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk vigorously together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
3. In a separate small bowl, mix 1/4 a cup of the sugar with the cinnamon, set aside.
4. Using an mixer, beat the butter with the remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Beat in the egg until blended. Add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the milk, beating after each addition until just combined.
5. Pour half of the batter in the bottom of the baking dish. Lay the apple slices on the batter so they just cover the batter (you may have to overlap some slices). Sprinkle the apples with the cinnamon-sugar mixture, reserving a teaspoon or two to sprinkle on top. Spread the rest of the batter over the apples. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon-sugar on top.
6. Bake the cake for 25 minutes or until it is golden brown and apples start to bubble at the edges.

Yield: Serves 6.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes

Tomato-Mozzarella Pizza

  1 large refrigerated bread dough 
  2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal 
  Cooking spray 
  1/2 kg tomatoes, thinly sliced 
  1 garlic clove, minced 
  1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  1/4 teaspoon black pepper 
  50 grm pancetta 
  1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil 

1. Preheat oven to 220°C.
2. Place dough on a baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal; press dough into a 12-inch circle. Crimp edges of dough with fingers to form a rim. Lightly spray surface of dough with cooking spray. Bake at 220° C for 8 minutes. Remove from oven.
3. Arrange tomato slices on paper towels. Cover with additional paper towels; let stand 5 minutes. Sprinkle garlic evenly over surface of dough; sprinkle 1/2 cup cheese evenly over dough. Arrange tomato slices on top of cheese; sprinkle with pepper. Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake at 220° C for 5 minutes.
4. Chop pancetta. Cook pancetta in a nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp; drain. Sprinkle pancetta over pizza; bake an additional 1 minute or until crust is golden. Sprinkle basil over pizza; 
5. let stand 2 minutes. Cut into 6 wedges.


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