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Monday, April 19, 2010

homemade pizza

Because of the pizza play date we had today {where we let the kids roll out and top their own pizzas} I thought I'd spend a minute - or ten - blogging about pizza. Especially since it was probably my highest commented on facebook status of all times when I simply mentioned making pizza dough.

Homemade pizza really is the tastiest. I love making (and eating!) it. It's really really simple and easy to do as well. Even 3.5 year olds can help! Abby loves to help in the kitchen - especially with pizza. 

You start by making a dough. If you have a good dough recipe then you are pretty much practically guaranteed to have a good pizza. I use the Pioneer Woman's pizza dough recipe. You can find it in her cookbook or here on her website (with some topping ideas!) I used to use the recipe from the William Sonoma wedding cookbook (which I love that cookbook - so many classic recipe's that are oh so tasty!) and it was good. I enjoyed it but Beau didn't like it and wouldn't be thrilled when I would make homemade pizza instead of frozen {seriously who can like frozen better than homemade but he did!} or ordering pizza. After trying the PW's recipe his mind was forever changed and he likes my homemade pizza. 

The dough takes all of 10 minutes max to make - including getting all the ingredients together and put away afterwards - with the help of a 3.5 year old and a 1 year old. Then you let it rise for an hour and a half. We usually make the dough right after Micah wakes up from his afternoon nap and it's ready to go for dinner time. You can make it ahead of time and put it in the fridge for a day or two but I don't usually think that far ahead! 

Roll it out (I usually put some corn meal on the counter to roll it out with) and then place it on a pan while the oven is heating up to 500 degrees - yes that hot but it's best that way! 
Then put sauce on the pizza - I make our sauce with a can of tomato sauce, can of tomato paste, parsley, oregano, and various other seasonings. 

Top with cheese and in our case pepperonis. This is where you really put your child to work. This is Abby's favorite part. 
Place the toppings all around the pizza. 
Some usually get eaten in this process. 
Put in the oven and cook for 10-12 minutes at 500 degrees. Take out of the oven and enjoy. Sorry no pictures of the finished pizza - it smelled to good to stop and take pictures! 

1 comment :

Me and My Pink Mixer said...

I love PW's pizza crust recipe too. I found your site searching for a pizza sauce recipe & will definitely be back :)