Girl Versus Dough

blueberry-cherry cobbler

blueberry cherry cobbler in baking dish

Did you know there are different names for desserts depending on their toppings?

For instance, a crisp is topped with a streusel-crumb mixture, a.k.a. magic.

And a buckle is a type of crumb cake that cracks and “buckles” as it bakes. No joke.

And a betty is layered with cubed bread or breadcrumbs. Amazing.

But this? This blueberry and cherry-filled wonder? This most spectacularly delicious creation? This is definitely a cobbler.*

beer pizza crust

beer pizza crust

As you may or may not know, I’m a fan of beer. I’m a really big fan of wine, but I’ve already put that into a pizza crust. I’ve put beer into bread before, too, but I wanted to use it in a pizza crust, as well. Just you wait — next time, I’ll make a bread with wine in it.

(Maybe. I can’t make any promises. It makes me nervous.)

In any case, the reality of this story is that I’ve made quite a few versions of pizza crust before.

White Wine Honey Pizza Dough

Homemade Pizza Rolls

Ridiculously Easy Pizza Dough

100% Whole Wheat Pizza Crust

It’s kind of on par with my obsession with biscuits. I really branch out, I know. But what makes this particular pizza crust stand out — what makes it really, extra special — is the flavor: That classic yeasty beer bread-like flavor, only in pizza dough form. In other words, it’s fantastic.

russian black bread

russian black bread loaf on cutting board

I have been trying to write a bucket list for years, ever since that one movie came out and everyone else was doing it (I’m a follower sometimes. Truth.). But, to be honest, my list is rather paltry. I never know what I want to do past “Go to Greece” (which I feel like everyone wants to do anyway, so it doesn’t feel personal enough to be on my bucket list and therefore is sometimes left out, too).

Here’s what I have so far:

1. Write a book. 2. Go to Greece Go somewhere that’s cool but no one else thinks is trendy enough to go to. 3. Bake pumpernickel bread.

I thought I finally could cross off my third wish on the list when I baked this Russian Black Bread this past weekend — and, in a way, I could. The bread does taste strikingly similar to my beloved pumpernickel, and the ingredients — rye flour, molasses, cocoa powder — seem to fit the bill. But it just wasn’t quite the same. So I’m on the fence as to whether or not I’ve actually “baked pumpernickel bread.”

1. Write a book. 2. Go to Greece Go somewhere that’s cool but no one else thinks is trendy enough to go to. 3. Bake pumpernickel bread. Bake Russian Black Bread.

There. That’s better. Check.

lemon-thyme biscuits

Lemon-Thyme Biscuits

If you’re close to me, you know that I like to pawn off most of the things I bake. I do this for three reasons — one, because I care about you and like to show it via baked goods; two, because I know if I don’t give the brownies/cookies/chocolate peanut butter quick bread/etc. away, I will eat it all. Maybe in one sitting. And three, because otherwise, my freezer will implode with the weight of too many a frozen creation. And then it will hate me. And I cannot let that happen.

But mostly, I share my baked treats with others because it’s one of the best ways to show someone you care, I think. At least, I always feel well cared for when someone takes the time to make food for me. Even if it’s microwaving a bowl of SpaghettiOs or pouring cereal. Doesn’t matter. It’s love.