Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A Stay At Home Kind of Day: Home-made Pizza

It was a stay at home kind of day, and I felt like being creative in the kitchen.

I have been searching and searching for a home-made pizza crust recipe. I have finally found one and it is a whole wheat crust. Can pizza actually be good for you?

As I was preparing to make this pizza crust, my daughter jumped in and helped. I love it when I get help in the kitchen.
She enjoyed the kneading part.
This dough only has to raise for 30 minutes. Easy, quick, yummy pizza....

This recipe makes 1 - 14 inch pizza.

I yelled out the size and this is the response I got....

"You know how I love pizza, you better make two of them."

So, I made two of them.

To paint you a picture, there was only three people eating.

Did I have lots of pizza left over?

Yup, almost one whole one.

And the crust puffs up while baking, so that meant a thick filling crust.

When my daughter and I got the dough pressed on the pizza stone (I sprinkled the stone lightly with Semolina flour before pressing the dough down) I drizzled the dough with olive oil and sprinkled on Parmesan cheese and garlic salt.

We added the pizza sauce (1 - 15 oz. can spaghetti sauce mixed with 1 tsp. sugar). We used a half of a can for each pizza. I'm not a big fan of saucy pizza.
Then we put on a thin layer of mozzarella cheese. We added our toppings, which consisted of frozen deluxe pizza toppings that was supplied by my working in a frozen pizza factory daughter.

We all decided that this pizza would be great, or even better with fresh toppings. Fresh green pepper, onion, pepperoni, bacon, and anything else fresh that can be put on a pizza.

The frozen deluxe topping mix was a plus in getting this pizza made quickly.

We then added another generous amount of cheese on top of the toppings.

Doesn't that look delicious?

The crust is thick and flavorful. I will definitely keep this pizza crust recipe close to the kitchen.

Here is the crust recipe, the toppings are up to you.

Pizza Crust/Wheat

1 pkg. (1 TBS) active dry yeast
1 1/2 c. warm water (110 to 115 degrees)
2 TBS vegetable oil (I used canola)
1 1/4 c. whole wheat flour
2 TBS sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 3/4 to 2 c. all-purpose flour (I used the 2 c.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water; add oil. Combine whole wheat flour, sugar and salt; add to yeast mixture and stir until smooth. Stir in enough all-purpose four to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6 - 8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl; turn once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 15 - 20 minutes (I left mine rise for 30). Punch dough down. Pat dough onto the bottom of a 14 inch pizza stone sprinkled lightly with Semolina flour. Form an edge while pressing the dough. Add the toppings of your choice and bake for 30 - 35 minutes in a 350 degree F. preheated oven. When crust is golden brown it is done.

Good Luck~Happy Eating~Enjoy

"The eyes of all look expectantly to You,
And You give them their food in due season.
You open Your hand
And satisfy the desire of every living thing."
Psalm 145:15,16

3 comments:

  1. Ha Cha Chanya! That looks so irresistible - and I'm sure your family must have thanked you in a big way for treating them to this amazing pizza. Looks wonderful - I can't wait to try it!

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  2. Yum... this looks awesome.. gonna try it... I have not had much luck with whole wheat flour...lets try and fix that. :) thanks

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  3. Yum! This pizza looks absolutely amazing!

    xo

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