Pizza is one of my hubby’s favourite meals of all time. Whenever I ask if there are any meals he would like or is craving for the upcoming week his answer is always pizza and chicken parmesan. I happen to have the most delicious pizza dough recipe (from Eat, Shrink and Be Merry), so once and awhile I break it out and we will have pizza together. Usually because he has been the one craving it, he takes charge and makes the pizza. This happened about a week ago, and boy oh boy was my hubby excited! We were going to have a pizza date night on Friday night, but because of studying and homework we had to postpone it until Saturday evening. It was wonderful and we played a new board game that we were impressed and disappointed with at the same time. But there was no disappointment when it came to our pizzas or our dessert.
For our date nights we always try out a new dessert recipe and for this date night we made a small batch of cookies and cream cupcakes. What I like most about a pizza recipe is that it is versatile. It is worth the time and effort to have a crust that is delicious and not dripping with grease. You can top these pizzas with anything you like. I prefer either plain cheese, margarita or bell peppers, red onions and bean sprouts. My hubby on the other hand loves pepperoni pizza, and he isn’t stingy with how much he puts on his pizza either. We doubled the pizza recipe so we each could have our own pizza and therefore leftovers for lunches for the first part of the following week. Instead you could just make one pizza and do half with one topping and half with the other, or maybe you and your partner have the same taste in pizza, or maybe you are having a night by yourself and your pet and are having a pizza all yourself… yum yum yum ENJOY! Below are some ideas of pizza toppings:
- pineapple and ham
- bacon, chicken, alfredo and grape tomatoes
- pesto, chicken, tomato, cheese
- tomato, basil, mozzarella
- Italian sausage, bacon, pepperoni
- vegetables (vegetarian)
- ham, cheese and scrambled eggs
Ingredients (1 pizza crust):
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 tbsp. flax meal or ground flaxseed
- 2 1/4 tsp of yeast or one envelope (I used active dry yeast)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup very warm water
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 2 tsp honey
- pizza sauce
- cheddar cheese
- toppings of choice
- In a medium bowl combine the two flours, flax, yeast and salt and mix well.
- In another bowl combine warm water, olive oil and honey. Pour this mixture over the flour mixture and mix until a ball forms. Turn the ball out onto a floured surface and knead for about 2 minutes. Place back into greased bowl and cover. Allow to double in size which should take about 20 minutes. I placed mine on my stovetop while my oven was set at 350 (I was baking cupcakes).
- If you have a pizza pan that doesn’t have holes it you can grease it with olive oil and dust with cornmeal if you wish. Ours has holes so we skip this step.
- When the dough is risen turn out onto a floured surface again and either use a rolling pin to roll out to a pizza shape, or as my hubby does use your hands to spread the dough out in the pizza pan so it fits perfectly. Make the circle a bit bigger than the pan so that you can fold up the outsides to make a crust.
- To make the stuffed crust: sprinkles mozzarella in a circle around the outermost part of the crust, but leave about 1/2 an inch so that you can fold it over. Fold the dough over the mozzarella and seal it in with your fingers.
- Once the pizza is formed we prick the crust and bake it in a 425 preheated oven for 6 minutes without any toppings on it. We remove it from the oven and then top with pizza sauce, cheeses and toppings. Return to oven and bake for 8-10 minutes. To make the crust golden brown and the cheese perfectly melted and golden we often set it under broil for about a minute.
- Remove from the oven and allow the pizza to cool slightly before you attempt to cut it.
- Cut into slices and ENJOY!!!