Pizza Bread

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A few weeks ago, I went to one of my favorite restaurants in my neighborhood where I splurged on their incredible pizza bread. As a self-proclaimed carb queen, I had pretty high expectations and this bread did not disappoint. As I found myself craving more later in the week, I came up with this copycat recipe that dare I say was better than the original. To recreate it, you’ll need:

1 loaf Italian bread

1/4 cup olive oil (or more depending on the size of your loaf)

1/2 tablespoon garlic powder

1 1/2 teaspoon parsley

1 1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 log mozzarella cheese

Marinara sauce (I used the Thrive Market Organic Marinara)

Pepperoni slices

Fresh basil (optional)

To start, preheat the oven to 375 degrees slice the italian bread 3/4 of the way through so that the bottom is still intact. Mix the olive oil, garlic powder, parsley, salt, and pepper together and use a pastry brush to lightly brush the mixture onto each side of the slices you have created. Insert a folded slice of pepperoni into each of the bread slices that you have created and then layer slices of mozzarella on top of the loaf. Bake the bread for approximately ten minutes (or until the cheese is fully melted). While the bread is baking, heat up the marinara sauce in a small bowl and then set to the side. Once the cheese is fully melted and the bread is thoroughly warmed, garnish with shredded fresh basil. Tear, dip, and enjoy!

Chocolate Nutella Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Because who doesn’t love these flavors? I recently made these for a friend’s birthday and they were a huge hit. Thankfully, I had put one away for myself before the party started or else I wouldn’t have been able to grab one before they were gone! With Valentine’s Day coming up, there’s no better time to treat yourself and the ones you love than with the best Valentine of all (aka chocolate). So without further ado, here’s how to make these yummy bundles of deliciousness for yourself.

You will need:

For the cupcakes 

4 tablespoons melted butter (preferably unsalted)

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup water

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup sugar

1/4 heaped cup cocoa powder

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup buttermilk

Cupcake liners or baking spray

For the frosting

1 stick (4 ounces or 8 tablespoons) softened butter

1/2 cup Nutella

1.5 tablespoons peanut butter

3 cups powdered sugar

4 tablespoons whole milk or heavy cream (add more as needed if your mixture is dry)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Add the butter, vegetable oil, and egg and combine until wet mixtures are fully incorporated. Finally, add the buttermilk and the vanilla extract and stir until smooth (make sure there’s no dry ingredients left at the bottom of the bowl). Pour the mixture into a lined or greased cupcake tin, filling each tin about half way. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, until fully risen and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Leave your cupcakes to cool while you make the frosting. I recommend using a stand or a hand mixer for this if you have either on hand, only to save yourself some time and effort. If you don’t have a mixer you can use or are interested in a great arm workout, you can use a wooden spoon or whisk. Combine the butter and 1 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar. Add in the vanilla extract, Nutella and peanut butter and continue to stir. Fold in the remaining powdered sugar and heavy cream or milk until the mixture is light and fluffy. Frost onto your cooled cupcakes and enjoy!

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