Author: Severn Jones

Homemade Pizza Dough

 

Who doesn’t love a good slice of pizza pie? It’s one of our go-to recipes in the FrogLegs kitchen and never fails to delight! Delicious end results aside, we love making homemade pizza dough because it gives us an opportunity to teach kiddos all about our most mysterious pantry staple; yeast! It looks like sand, what is this stuff? And how exactly does it transform humble ingredients such as flour into something delightfully fluffy and worthy of topping with sauce, cheese, and all the other pizza goodies?

Mrs. Froglegs breaks it all down for us in the video below.  By the end you’ll be ready to make your own

delicious homemade pizza dough and get creative with all the toppings. Hoppy Cooking!

Now that you’re a yeast/dough expert, Mrs. FrogLegs will show you exactly what to do with that delicious dough!

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

For the dough:

4 cups flour

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp yeast

2 tbsp sugar

1 cup warm water

2 tbsp olive oil

For the pizza toppings:

pizza sauce

shredded mozzarella cheese

pepperoni

broccoli florets

sliced pineapple

sliced bell peppers

 

Instructions:

Add yeast and sugar into water and whisk together well.

Let sit until bubbles appear on top of water.

Measure flour, salt, and olive oil into a large mixing bowl, mix well.

Pour in yeast mixture.

Stir to combine, then place dough on a flat surface to knead.

Knead for 5-10 minutes.

Place in an oiled bowl covered with a dish cloth in a warm place to rise for at least 30 minutes.

When it’s ready place dough on a floured surface and roll out into desired shape for pizza.

Pinch the edges of the pizza to create a crust.

Top with sauce, cheese, and get creative with the toppings!

Hoppy Cooking!

 

 

 

 

 

Unicorn Cake

Do you believe in unicorns? We do! At FrogLegs we love unicorns so much we like to celebrate them by making this whimsical cake!

This cake is sure to delight unicorn believers of any age. At FrogLegs this stunning cake is the centerpiece for our magical unicorn themed birthday parties, and we promise it will steal the show at any celebration!

Luckily, there is no magic required to create this cake.  Just a dash of imagination and a dollop of delight.

Mrs.FrogLegs walks us through the simple steps to make your own unicorn cake at home.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Three 9′ cake pans
  • An offset spatula
  • A cake stand
  • Three piping bags with varying tips
  • One batch of FrogLegs Classic Cake (recipes follows)
  • One batch of FrogLegs Classic Buttercream Frosting (recipe follows)
  • Three different food colorings (we used pink, purple, and blue)
  • Fondant
  • Edible gold glitter

FrogLegs Classic Cake Recipe

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. In a mixing bowl combine sugar and butter and use a hand held mixer on medium speed to combine, you can also use a standing mixer.
  2. When the butter and sugar are thoroughly combined add eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition.
  3. Add vanilla and mix well.
  4. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and mix well.
  5. In three additions add dry ingredients and milk to butter, sugar, egg mixture, mixing well between each addition.

 

FrogLegs Classic Buttercream Frosting

  • 1/4 cup butter (softened)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  1. In a medium mixing bowl using a hand held mixer beat butter on medium high speed until smooth.
  2. Add in the powdered sugar and mix on low speed at first, then increase to medium speed and continue mixing for another 1-2 minutes until the mixture starts to come together.
  3. Add in heavy cream and vanilla and beat on medium speed until desired consistency is reached.

Hoppy Cooking!

Candy Corn Cookies

Candy Corn may be disappearing from store shelves, but we didn’t get quite enough so we made a batch of candy corn cookies and some Dracula cookies as well, just for good measure. We just wanted to make sure we got our fill of Halloween treats before we move onto Thanksgiving treats! Yes it’s a rough job we have here at FrogLegs, but someone has to do it!

These two recipes are extra special to us because they were created by our students Natasha and Eshal. We are constantly amazed by the creativity and talent of our students here at FrogLegs, and wanted to share their recipes! These recipes are kiddo friendly so get the whole family involved in making these goodies!

The candy corn cookie is a delightful crunchy yet buttery sugar cookie and the Dracula cookie has all the ooey gooey chewiness one should expect from a chocolate chip cookie along with some extra fluff in the form of marshmallows. Sound delicious? Thought so, let’s hop to it!

Candy Corn Cookies:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • yellow and orange food coloring
  • black gel frosting (optional for decorating)
  1. In a large mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar using hand held mixer.
  2. Add in egg, salt, and vanilla.
  3. Add in dry ingredients.
  4. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  5. Divide dough into three parts.
  6. Dye one section yellow, one orange, and leave the other white.
  7. Layer the three parts of the dough together and chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  8. Roll out dough (use extra flour if sticky) shape into triangles.
  9. Bake at 350 for 7-10 minutes.

Dracula Cookies

  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup frosting
  • handful of mini marshmallows
  1. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt, set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl cream together butter, sugar, and brown sugar together using hand held mixer.
  3. Add vanilla and eggs to butter sugar mixture, combine well.
  4. Gradually beat in flour mixture.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Scoop (we like to use an ice cream scooper for evenly shaped cookies!) dough onto baking sheet.
  7. Bake at 375 for 9-11 minutes.
  8. When cool cut cookies in half
  9. Spread frosting on top and bottom.
  10. Place marshmallows along the edge and sandwich them.

Enjoy!

Hoppy Cooking!

Monster Bark

Happy Halloween! Here at FrogLegs we favor tricks over treats, which is why we whipped up a batch of delicious Monster Bark! Fun, easy to make, and sure to delight monsters of all ages! If you have kiddos around get em in the kitchen to help decorate. They will love getting creative with the candies, just as much as they will love the final product.

This is a great sweet treat to have on hand for Halloween festivities,  doll it up in a cellophane bag with a bit of ribbon and it makes a great gift. Mrs. FrogLegs will show you exactly how to create this ghoulish goodie!

Ingredients:

  • White Chocolate Candy Melts
  • Blue Chocolate Candy Melts
  • Assorted Candies for decorating

Instructions:

  1. Melt white and blue chocolate candies separately in a double coiler or in the microwave in 20 second intervals stirring between each interval.
  2. Pour both chocolates onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper.
  3. Swirl colors together with a spoon or spatula.
  4. Decorate with candies as desired.
  5. Place in freezer for at least 30 minutes.
  6. When solid break pieces into desired pieces.
  7. To decorate place in a cello bag with ribbon.

Hoppy Cooking!