Saturday, October 25, 2008


My kids LOVE pizza! No joke, they seriously love it. So I thought it would be fun to make some pizzas tonight - one for each of them to make it their own. I immediately turned to a recipe I found on for the pizza crust. The rest was just canned pizza sauce, and toppings from the store. The only effort I put into this was in the crust. The rest was so fun to put together and eat with the kids! I HIGHLY recommend doing this with kids or grandkids. They'll get to feel like they're the chef for the night.

Here's what you'll need for the crust:

2 1/4 t. yeast
1/2 t. brown sugar
1 1/2 C. warm water
1 t. salt
2 T. oil
3 1/4 C. flour
In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast and brown sugar in the water and let sit for 10 minutes.
Stir the salt and oil into the yeast solution. Mix in the flour and knead 2-3 minutes.
Cover dough and let rise until double.
Punch down the dough, forming a tight ball.
Allow the dough to relax for 5-10 minutes before rolling out.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. If you are baking the dough on a pizza stone, you may place your topping on the dough and bake immediately. If you are baking your pizza in a pan, oil the pan. You can dust the stone or pan with cornmeal before adding the dough.
Let the dough rise for 15-20 minutes before topping.
Top as desired.
Bake pizza until the cheese melts and the crust is golden brown, about 15-20 minutes.

I baked my pizzas in four 9 inch cake pans to make fun sized pizzas for everyone to top as they wanted. Give it a try and have FUN with it!!!

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