Friday Home: Easy Weekend Pizza

A couple of things before kicking off this edition of Friday Home.

First, for those of you who stopped by via Challies yesterday, thank you!  {Tim did not tell me he had linked to the site, so a fun surprise}.  This blog is new and developing, so thank you for appreciating what is here so far.  I have already “met” a couple of you via email and Facebook, and was reminded of why I love blogging in the first place- it is such a neat community.

Second, I have added a new feature to my comments section: CommentLuv.  CommentLuv pops up an automatically-generated link to your site, if you are a blogger.  This will allow you to be found by others on this site, and will allow me to know who you are and where you blog.  I would love to read your writing too!

Third, I am excited to be retreating this weekend with our church, to the mountains of North Carolina.  I am looking so forward to rest and fun with friends.  I am always amazed how a few hours away from tending to the needs of my family, can refresh my spirit and re-orient me in my goals.  I will be writing some while I am there, however.  Two days of quiet will not go wasted:).

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For those of you new here, each Friday I focus on some aspect of home-making – thus, Friday Home.  This week’s edition of Friday Home is brought to you out of a desire to share a good thing: our family’s favorite weekend meal.  Several years back, I spent some time researching and experimenting with various pizza doughs, having finished the course with store-bought pizza.  I churned out varying wheat, white and in- the- middle doughs, and eventually settled on this recipe I found through Tammy’s site.  {As an aside, I would encourage you to look around Tammy’s web-space. It is inspiring and so very helpful}.

Easy Pizza Dough

3 cups flour {I use 1/2 wheat, 1/2 white}

1 cup hot water

2 tsp yeast

2 tbsp honey or brown sugar

1/2 tsp salt

3 tbsp vegetable oil

1 tbsp milk

2 tbsp olive oil – for wiping down crust

 

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until combined, except for olive oil – it will be used later.  Dough will be somewhat sticky to start with.  Turn dough out onto counter-top and knead for 5 minutes or so.  When kneading is complete, dough should be smooth and elastic.  {If dough still sticky, add a little more flour}.

 

Allow dough to rest in an oiled bowl for 5 minutes.

Place dough in a warm place to rise.  I set mine under a lamp on our kitchen counter-top.  I allow to rise for 30 minutes.

Use rise-time for a good purpose: chop those veggies!  And while at it, a salad tastes good with pizza.

Sprinkle 2 tbsp of cornmeal on your counter-top. Cornmeal is the magical ingredient to a crispy crust.

Lay risen dough on top of cornmeal, and begin to roll out in a circular pattern.  Keep rolling until you have reached your desired crust size.  Place crust on pizza pan.  I prefer to use a circular aluminum pizza round, with perforations on the bottom – allowing for the crust to bake and crisp evenly.  I save the leftover dough scraps, and roll them out into a cheese-only pizza for my younger kids.

Turn oven to 450-500 degrees.  Pizza loves a hot oven { restaurants often heat their wood-ovens to 700 degrees plus}.  Wipe entire crust surface down with olive oil.  Place crust in oven and bake for 8 minutes.

Build your toppings from the sauce up.  Sprinkle with cheese, and pop back in the oven for another 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

The best is saved for last: Slice and enjoy.

Happy Friday all!  Enjoy the weekend with your families!

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7 thoughts on “Friday Home: Easy Weekend Pizza

    • Betty, it might be the same recipe. I cannot recall, but this one is tried and true. In fact, most of the recipes on Tammy’s site are excellent!

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