Crunchy baked sriracha popcorn

Hey everyone! Hope the new year has been off to a great start!

Now, I’ve also recently obtained a fondness for spicy food. A friend of mine introduced sriracha sauce to me, and while I’m not obsessed like some are, it does add a nice kick to food! Of course, I had to try it with popcorn, one of my favourite foods!

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Baked sriracha popcorn

6 cups popped, plain, popcorn (~1/4 cup kernels)
1-2 tablespoons coconut oil (extra virgin olive oil degrades at high temperatures), melted
1/2 tablespoon paprika
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
Sriracha, to taste (I put 1/2 teaspoon)
Salt and pepper for seasoning
Extra virgin olive oil (optional)

Preheat the oven to 250F
Place the coconut oil in a small bowl and add the spices to mix. Pour it over the popcorn and mix thoroughly. Taste test a few and add seasoning as you see fit. If the popcorn is to your liking, then skip baking and enjoy! If you desire it to be a bit crispier…. Read on ☺.

I use a silicon baking sheet to bake the popcorn, but wax paper should work as well. Place the popcorn in your chosen baking ware and bake for 10 minutes.

At the end, it should be very crunchy! If it ended up a little over baked, sprinkle some extra virgin olive oil on top!

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Enjoy and happy new years!

Yeast-Free (thin crust) Pizza Dough with Homemade Pizza Sauce

If you asked my brother what the worst part of being intolerant to yeast and dairy would be, it would be that he can’t have pizza. Especially since he had to quit it cold-turkey earlier this year. My poor 8-year-old brother…

UNTIL TODAY.

For I, his amazing sister, have discovered brother-friendly-pizza!! It features yeast-free dough and cheese-free pizza sauce. Some of you may be saying, “Geez. I knew about this since 10 years ago!”  Well sorry my lovely reader’s, but better late than never right?

So I’m going to write about the basic recipe, but also suggest on how you could change it up to put your own spin on it. The toppings are all up to you of course!

First, the pizza sauce. You’re going to combine a bunch of lovely herbs together and let them sit for at least half an hour so all the flavors can mix together. Some of the key players in the sauce are: oregano, marjoram, basil and red pepper flakes (yup, it has some kick to it for sure!).

The pizza sauce.

For the pizza dough, knead together: flour, water, salt, oil, and baking powder. As you can see, this doesn’t have much natural flavor. I added some garlic powder into the dough to give it some flavor. You can experiment on your own and add your own personal favorite herbs.

Once the dough is kneaded, use your fingers to spread it out on a silicon sheet. If you don’t have one, grease the pan and dust it with cornstarch before the dough goes on top.

The pizza dough.

Before you add the pizza sauce, put a tablespoon of oil on the dough and spread it evenly around. This will make the dough really crunchy. Top it off with your favorite topping and pop it into the oven!

The other 1/4 of the pizza ‘magically’ disappeared when my brother came into the kitchen.

My brothers face when he saw this: O.O!


I topped my pizza with raw onion and smoked bacon. It tasted really good!

What is your favorite pizza topping combination? Please leave a comment below!

Recipe

Homemade Pizza Sauce (adapted from: Exquisite Pizza Sauce, allrecipes.com)

serving: makes enough sauce for 2 pizzas

  • 1 (6 ounces) can tomato paste
  • 6 fluid ounces warm water (fill up the tomato paste can with water to measure this)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red paper flakes
  • dash of garlic powder
  • salt to taste
  1. Mix all the ingredients together and let sit for 30 minutes.

Yeast-Free (thin crust) Pizza Dough

serving: 1 pizza

  • 2 cups + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • ~1 tablespoon oil for brushing
  1. Preheat the oven to 425F.
  2. Mix flour, baking powder, water, salt and oil in a bowl and knead until dough is very soft and slightly sticky (1-2 minutes).
  3. Spread dough out on silicon sheet, or greased and cornstarch-powdered pan. Try and make the dough as thin as possible.
  4. Brush the remaining oil on top before putting on the Homemade Pizza Sauce.
  5. Place the pizza into a 425F oven for 15 minutes.
  6. If your toppings aren’t fully cooked (or the dough isn’t golden brown) after 15 minutes, lower the temp to 350F and continue baking.

NOTE: this pizza dough is meant for a thin, crunchy crusted pizza.