They say that good things come to those that wait. I’m pretty sure that whoever “they” are weren’t talking about me or my family pizza night but the statement is true all the same. After a year of hosting regular family pizza nights, I learned three things tonight; 1. I can make my own pizza dough, 2. You hardly need any “pizza ingredients” to make a pizza and 3. The Kids will eat all of their pizza if they get to make it themselves.
When I first started making my own pizza, I would buy frozen pizza dough (contents unknown) and then have to remember to take it out the night before or morning of to ensure that it was fully defrosted. Then I had kids so the only way we got pizza was by ordering in or getting one fully made out of the freezer. When I was ready to make my own again, the frozen pizza dough had gone up to over $2. I figured there had to be an easier, more affordable and healthier way.
Turns out that my friends can cook (“they” also say something about opposites attracting) so I got a really easy recipe from a friend with all but one ingredient* that I have on hand. That’s saying a lot considering I hardly ever bake or cook. If I can make it, so can you. Here’s how.
- 2.5 cups of Flour
- 1 cup of Warm Water
- 1 package quick rise yeast (8g)
- 1 tsp Sugar
- 1 tsp Salt
- 3 Tbsp Oil
- Combine all the ingredients at once and kneed by hand for five minutes.
- Add dustings of flour so that the dough doesn't stick to your board.
- Place in a bowl and let sit (uncovered).
- Let rise for around an hour (longer is fine).
- Lightly sprinkle your board with flour. Roll out dough until desired thickness.
- Garnish as you like.
- Cook at 475 for 10 minutes.
- Let cool for a few minutes.
We roll our dough pretty thin because it rises during cooking.
Even with the help of The Kids, it rose within one hour just like it should. While we were waiting, I opened up the fridge in search of ingredients. I’m sure you won’t be surprised to find out that, we had no tomato sauce or tomatoes nor did we have any “pizza” cheese. No matter, I opened up the cupboards to find a gold mine; salsa, pickled mushrooms, spicy peppers, sun dried tomatoes and crushed garlic. Add that to the beet greens, spinach and swiss chard from the garden, broccoli, leftover chicken breast, onions, cheddar and kalamata olives. I cut up each of the ingredients into small pieces and separated them onto plates. Wouldn’t want any cross contamination of items before they all get married together on the pizza.**
I cut off portions of the dough for The Kids because for the first time, they were going to make their own pizzas all.by.themselves. I’m not sure which they enjoyed more, getting to throw on the flour, roll out the dough or add the garnishes. The highlight for me was that there was no complaining about what they did and didn’t like on their pizza and no pile of picked things left on the side. For the first time ever, they ate every.single.bite. I won’t go and ruin things by telling then that they put just about everything that I normally put on “our” pizza on theirs.
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* The one ingredient that I didn’t have on hand was yeast but I’ve since bought a large jar and will be keeping it in the freezer so it lasts longer. Note that Fleishmanns currently has a 50 cent off coupon available right now too.
** Not sure if I should tell The Kids what happens when all the food gets into their stomach…
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