It’s the end of the week…
I thought I’d make it easy for myself by having pizza for dinner. We had a bunch of produce in the fridge that I wanted to use up before it turned ugly.
Note to self: When making pizza from scratch, remember to…
*Prepare dough and fixin’s during afternoon nap and before school pick up.*
‘Cause when Mommy’s hands are occupied kneading dough for eight minutes, this is again one of those opportune times for the kiddos to get at each other.
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, I lovingly made heart shaped pizzas.
Here’s the recipe:
Courtesy of Canadian Living
3 cups (750 mL) all purpose flour
2 tsp (10 mL) quick-rising instant dry yeast
1 tsp (5 mL) salt
1-1/4 cups (300 mL) warm (120 F/50 C) water
1 tbsp (15 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
*add 1tbsp of Italian seasoning if you’d like
In bowl, combine 2-3/4 cups (675 mL) of the flour, yeast, salt and seasonings, if using. With wooden spoon, gradually stir in water and oil until ragged dough forms, using hands if necessary.
Turn out onto lightly floured surface; knead for about 8 minutes or until smooth and elastic, adding up to 1/4 cup (50 mL) more flour, 1 tbsp (15 mL) at a time, if necessary.
Place in greased bowl, turning to grease all over. Cover with plastic wrap; let rise in warm draft-free place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
(Make-ahead: Refrigerate unrisen dough and let rise for 24 hours. Or freeze in plastic bag for up to 1 month; let thaw and rise in refrigerator overnight.)
Once risen, turn out onto lightly greased pizza sheet and press out into a 14″ round.
* I tore the dough in half so the kiddos could top their own pizzas and formed them into heart shapes in celebration of Valentine’s Day.
Top the pizzas with desired toppings of your choice, such as pizza sauce, meats, olives, peppers, spinach, basil, Boursin cheese, mushrooms, pineapple, etc., then smother in shredded cheese.
Bake in a preheated 400F oven for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
I made two batches of the dough so that the kids had their own pizzas and Mommy and Daddy had one to share. Best of all, there were leftovers for lunch the next day! 😄