Thursday, January 12, 2012

Recipe for Family Night

Since we've been trying to eat more healthy around here, the only "legal" way we thought we could have pizza was to make it ourselves! I've been wanting to learn how to make pizza dough for a while anyway, and Marc knows a few tricks since he used to work in a pizza shop in high school.

We thought it might be a good idea to make one with white flour first, to make sure it turned out alright, then do one with whole wheat flour and try to be a little healthier.

To give us a framework for our recipe, we started with good ole Betty. I love my Betty Crocker Cookbook; it has all the basics in it!

I finally had a reason to get out the hook attachment for my mixer!

Start with the flour.

Then some yeast. The recipe called for a whole "package," which I assume is one of those small envelopes. Marc opted to just get a whole jar at the store, so we had to get creative. Since he's made pizza dough before, I trusted his judgement when he said that an entire packet was too much. I think he used a couple of teaspoons. Feel free to go by the recipe though!

Add some oil, and water.

Then about a teaspoon each of garlic and onion powder, and a sprinkle of kosher salt.

And turn the mixer on the lowest setting, scraping down the sides as it go,

and find some good tunes. I tried the Coffeehouse Rock station, but that wasn't really what I wanted. I was in the mood for some Ella Fitzgerald and finally found a good jazz station.

Soon, the dough will form itself into a ball, and you'll know it's ready when it does.

Set it in a dish with a lid to rise.

Then we set out on our whole wheat dough.

Same measurements as before, except a bit more water, and mix, mix, mix!

Ta-da! Cover it just like the white dough.

Yeast needs a warm place to do its work rising, so we turned the oven on warm and set the pots in there with the door open.

Cracked open a bottle of our favorite go-to,

gathered up the rest of our ingredients,

started a game of cards,

while the boys played their own games on the chalkboard,

and in no time, the dough doubled in size, which is what you want!

Then, we floured the surface and started pressing the dough out. Just enough to flatten out the center a bit so it's not so much like a ball.

Lookout! My man has some dough throwing skills! He really did spin it in the air and catch it all fancy-like, but of course I can never get my camera to snap at just the right time.

Spread out your sauce of choice then start piling on the toppings. I know we're trying to go non processed, but we also wanted to use what we had in the cabinets rather than buy EVERYTHING at the store that night. Enter Classico "Florentine Spinach" sauce, one of our favorites, and good ole Great Value Italian Blend cheese!

We piled on sausage, spinach, basil, baby bella mushrooms and red onions on the grown-up side of the pizza,

and the littles added the extra cheese on their side of the pizza!

Then, we popped it in the oven at 350 degrees and turned on the light to watch it bake!

It only took about 15-20 minutes. Time will vary depending on your oven and what kind of surface you're baking on. Our pizza stone cracked recently because we use it so often, so we just had a metal pizza pan. You'll want to bake until the bottom of the crust is a golden brown.

OMG. Yum!!

Finally, we did the whole same thing with the wheat crust, but added just about every veggie we could find in the fridge. And oh my goodness! It was better than the white crust if you ask me. Hearty nutty flavor. Sooooooo good!!!

We usually have a dessert for our family nights, but...again...the whole healthy eating thing...we opted for none :(.

I need to find some more healthy dessert options. Stat.

Here's Betty's recipe for pizza dough:
  • 2.5-3.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 Tablespoons cooking oil or olive oil
We used about 3 cups flour and 1 cup water for the regular dough, and maybe 1 and 1/8 c water for the whole wheat crust. Our only additions were:

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • oregano sprinkled on top of everything!

Love and Honey,


Anna said...

Thanks for the recipe! I might have to try this with my littles!

Missy Rose said...

you're welcome, anna! the original recipe says that it's ideal for babies because it's easy to chew. just make it without nuts and fruit. but even kids love the nuts and fruit (provided there are no allergies). enjoy, and let me know how you make it your own!


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