What a sweet deal at the Conroe Market today, Pat /Elvis with Peas Farm brought a live observation bee hive . They explained how the hive worked complete with a Queen Bee that had a blue dot painted on it.I learned that 95% of the veggies, fruit, and nuts that we eat taste great because of the hard work the Bees do pollinating. Everything except for Tomatoes and Corn grown in America. The Tupperware vendor was overheard asking if the Bee hive could make an appearance at a Boy scout meeting. Affirmative was the response.There were a few extra bees flying around Market while I visited . We thought they escaped from the observation hive. We were told they are rogue bees coming from somewhere nearby.
I came home with several recipes that included Honey and went straight for the Honey Wheat Calzone recipe. The wife was excited and waited 2 hours until I had 2 ready for dinner.
Honey Wheat Calzone
Makes 2 calzones
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup all-purpose flour, divided
- 1 package quick-rise active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup hot water, (120°F to 125°F)
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 cup fresh vegetables*, diced
- 1 (8-oz.) can seasoned tomato sauce
- 2 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded
- Sliced pepperoni or diced cooked chicken, optional
- 1 to 2 Tablespoons cornmeal
In a large bowl, combine whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, yeast and salt. Slowly pour hot water, honey and 1 tablespoon oil over flour mixture; blend well. Continue to mix about 5 minutes more, or until smooth. Stir in about 1/2 cup remaining flour to make a soft dough. Continue to mix about 8 minutes until dough is smooth and satiny, adding flour only if necessary to prevent sticking. Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead 1 minute. Place in greased bowl, cover loosely with a towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled (about 30 minutes). Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add vegetables, and cook until softened. Add tomato sauce; bring to a boil and simmer until thickened, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat; cool. Preheat oven to 450°F. Punch dough down and let rest 10 minutes. Divide dough in half and pat or roll each into a 12-inch circle on a floured surface. Spread half the sauce over half of one dough circle; repeat with remaining sauce and dough. Sprinkle each circle with 1 cup cheese. Add meat, if desired. Fold each circle in half. Pinch edges together to seal and press with tines of a fork. Sprinkle cornmeal over greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Place calzones at least 3 inches apart on baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes, or until browned. Serve hot. *Chopped fresh onion, mushrooms, zucchini and peppers work well.
The wife's mouth was watering for her calzone until she bit in and found no Mozzarella cheese or Pepperoni . I had decided to use up my Zucchini from Market. and mix it with fresh Tomatoes, Green Peppers and a pkg of Cheese sauce. When I stopped at the supermarket on the way home for Whole wheat flour and Yeast. I forgot the Mozzarella cheese. My Bad !!! I'll go back to the supermarket in a few days and bring home the pepperoni and cheese. She said the honey wheat crust was wonderful.I will surprise her with the re-make so as not to create anticipation. Instead she should be pleasantly surprised.