Friday, May 28, 2010

TGIF! Pizza time!

**I know that's not the best picture, but that's all I could do,it was the only thing left! I was going to take a pic of the whole thing, but Nicholas (my 7 yr old) just couldn't wait any longer! He informed me that he broke his old record. I asked record for what? He said for eating his pizza that hot, LOL! Gotta love boys and their records :)

***Every Friday is normally pizza night. We always watch a kiddie movie or do board games with the kids'. This has been our normal routine for years now. I guess with summer here and no school our routine has been thrown off! But at least we still had pizza for lunch :) Will try to take a picture of the whole pizza next time. I really hope you attempt to make the pizza crust, it's the most simple thing in the world to make and doesn't require alot of ingredients and is very easy too! Plus what kid doesn't love getting their hands into some dough??
Ingredients you will need:2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil OR vegetable oil
3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

*In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast and brown sugar in the water, and let sit for 10 minutes.
Stir the salt and oil into the yeast solution. Mix in 2 1/2 cups of the flour.
Turn dough out onto a clean, well floured surface, and knead in more flour until the dough is no longer sticky. Place the dough into a well oiled bowl, and cover with a cloth. Let the dough rise until double; this should take about 1 hour. Punch down the dough, and form a tight ball. Allow the dough to relax for a minute before rolling out. Use for your favorite pizza recipe.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. If you are baking the dough on a pizza stone, you may place your toppings on the dough, and bake immediately. If you are baking your pizza in a pan, lightly oil the pan, and let the dough rise for 15 or 20 minutes before topping and baking it.
Bake pizza in preheated oven, until the cheese and crust are golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes.

*I always pre-bake all my pizza crusts, only b/c I like mine crispy. You just take the dough w/out anything on it and stick it in the oven and bake for around 7-8 minutes, then take out and do your normal toppings. Oh, the speckled things on the crust aren't anything gross, LOL! I also add basil to the wet dough mix and garlic powder. I like flavor in my crust, this is optional and it really makes your dough "pop" with flavor!!

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