Wednesday night is pizza night at our house. We have activities at church on Wednesdays so we need a reliable dinner, one that the kids will eat without a fight, so pizza it is. I’ve talked about pizza before, what can I say we like it.
Pizza from this recipe
- 18 oz flour
- 1.5 t salt
- 2.25 t yeast (1 package)
- 1.5 c warm water
- 2 T olive oil
Bloom the yeast in the warm water for about 10 minutes.
In the meantime put the flour and salt in your food processor with the metal blade and give it a whirl or two.
While the machine is running slowly pour in the water/yeast.
The dough should come together pretty quickly, in a minute or so.
Stop the food processor and pour the olive oil in all at once. Process just until the oil is combined.
Turn out the dough and all the little bits onto a floured surface.
Knead the dough by hand working in more flour until you have a nice smooth ball of dough. At this point we divide ours into four mini balls of dough.
Let them rest on a floured surface with a towel over them for about an hour.
Turn your oven on to 500′ F with a bread stone or tiles inside.
After an hour or so pick up the dough and shape it into a pizza shape. I have the most success doing this by stretching the dough over my hand.
Top with your favorite sauce, cheese, and toppings and bake on the stone for about 8-10 minutes.
The best part about splitting the dough into four mini pizzas is that we can each top our pizza the way we want. Tristan does cheese only, Katie prefers sauce, cheese and sausage or pepperoni, Papa likes meat and cheese, I often use pesto instead of sauce and I like sun-dried tomatoes and roasted red peppers with cheese. Tonight though we all had just cheese with a side of tamiflu. Our over-acheiver tested positive for both strep throat and the flu this afternoon. Apparently she was exposed to a rogue strain of the flu that is not prevented by the vaccinations we all got earlier this winter. Spring, you’re coming soon, right?
Purchased Large Cheese Pizza* = $10.99
Homemade Personal Pizzas**= $5.43 ($1.36 per individual pizza)