We have friends who make their own pizzas regularly and exclusively of any Pizza Joint. We still get the frozen ones and the Hut pies, but we had a whole lot of fun and saved a bunch of money when we tried it on our own. My friend, Christy Harris has great recipes and runs Providence Farm. Christy started a blog. Though I'm causing you to click again, here's a recipe for the pizza dough:
Christy's blog is really fun to read and is very informative. Her French Bread recipe is outstanding. In these pictures I used a pizza dough recipe from the King Arthur Flour cookbook, but the next time I will use the one from Christy's blog. King Arthur has an online catalog and extremely fine and fun ingredients and products: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/ We are lucky enough to live within a couple miles of a grain mill which actually supplies wheat to King Arthur Flour, so I buy the wheat berries and grind them for Whole Wheat flour, and purchase the Artisan flour from the grain mill. Anyone can taste the difference. Put a pinch of your all-purpose flour on your tongue right now. Depending on the age of the flour and it's freshness, you will taste a distinctly bitter flavor after a while. The fresher the flour, the longer it takes to register the bitterness. With the King Arthur flour or the Artisan Flour which I buy local, there is only a creamy flavor, no bitterness! I prefer to pay a bit more for this fresh flour.
Taking the lead from suggestions of toppings in a Weight Watchers cookbook, we made the following pizzas, with ingredients such as fresh spinach leaves, feta cheese, mozzarella, artichoke hearts and black olives. The boys had a good time creating their own pizzas; their choices of toppings were more traditional.
|All children love punching down the risen dough. These two laughed hysterically!|
Ben said he only liked his, the small one in back center with a few spinach leaves. Gus said he liked "The Hut" better, but everyone else loved them all. It didn't take much longer than ordering take-out, and it was a heck of a lot more fun!
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