Sunday, February 19, 2012

WHAT Was I Thinking?????

To sum that question up?   Easy!!   I WASN'T!!

Never again will I be able to enjoy the simple pleasure of having Pizza Hut delivery pizza.  I will never again be able to call Mr. Inspiring and tell him I want Dominoes........  I will never again get to enjoy having hot fresh pizza delivered to my door.

I ruined it and it's nobody's fault but my own......  

So here's how it happened.........   Thursday night, Ms. C and I were discussing what we'd like to have for supper Friday.........  I mentioned I was in the mood for home made pizza........  I usually got one of those Martha White pizza crust mixes that you add a half cup of water to the mix, knead it for a bit and then voila, you have a 'fresh' pizza crust.............  Who knew that HOME MADE pizza crust was as easy as that?  And that it tastes SO MUCH BETTER than anyhing else???  Not me!!  Friday afternoon, I got a wild hair up my....    and decided to look for home made crust recipes online.  They didn't look too hard.....

Well, I went to the grocery store after work and got the necessary ingredients.  When I got home, instead of pulling up recipes on the internet, I pulled out one of my Taste of Home cookbooks. 


mmmmmmmmmmmm      AAHHH-Mazing!!!

AAHHH-mazing Pizza Crust

2 pkgs (1/4 oz each) active dry yeast
2 2/3 cups warm water (110 - 115 degrees) divided
4 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
6 1/2 - 7 cups all purpose flour

In a medium bowl, empty both yeast packages and add sugar and salt.  Add 2/3 cup of the warm water and stir to disolve.  Add 1Tablespoon olive oil.  Let sit for about 5 minutes so the yeast gets good and 'frothy'.  Then add 2 more Tablespoons olive oil and the rest of the water.  Stir to mix. 

Transfer mixture to bowl for stand mixer and using your dough hook, mix 5 cups of the all purpose flour.  Beat til smooth.  Add enough of the remaining flower to form a soft dough.  Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and eleastic, about 6 - 8 minutes.   Grease a large bowl with the remaining olive oil.  Place dough in greased bowl, turning once to grease the top.  Cover loosely with plastic wrap, and then a towl.  Place in a warm area of your kitchen to rise until doubled - about 1 hour. 

Punch down and divide.  Roll out with rolling pin.  Transfer dough to pans and form an edge all the way around.  Spread out pizza sauce and top with your favorite ingredients and cheese.   Bake in 425 oven for approximately 25 minutes.

** Notes....  My first batch of this dough, I divided it into 3 portions.  I made 3 pizzas using 1 large Pampered Chef round stone and 2 of the rectangular Pampered Chef Stones.  The edges puffed up and were chewy.  The edges would have been excellent to stuff with cheese    I divided my second batch of this dough into 4 portions.  I put each portion into a zip top bag and put them in the freezer.  This morning I got out 2 of the portions  and put them into a greased 9 x 13 cake pan.  I warmed my oven up to 200 dgrees and when it reached that temperature, I turned it off.  I put the pan the dough was in into the oven with a bowl of water that I had just boiled.  Fast thaw and it was awsome.  The dough was stickier than when I first made it so I turned it out onto a floured surface and kneaded it again.  I made 2 pizzas, one on the big round stone and one on one of the rectangle stones. 

Also - - please know that you can not knead bread dough too much.  Dough loves to be kneaded (don't we all??? *wink* *wink*) 

Here's what ingredients I used for the pizza you see in the picture.

Cheap off-brand pizza sauce spread all over
pieces of Provolone cheese spread all over
pieces of thin sliced ham
browned ground beef (I added salt, pepper, garlic powder and oregano when I browned it)
browned bulk sausage
chopped onion
chopped green pepper
covered with shredded mozzerella cheese

And that is how I ruined my chances of ever having pizza delivered to my house ever again.........

So now I'm going to have to find a recipe for Domino's Chocolate Lava Crunch Cakes because I don't believe I'll be able to not have them in my life...........

Hope ya'll had a wonderful weekend!!  Mr. Inspiring is really enjoying himself everytime he reminds me that he doesn't have to work tomorrow and I do..........

Hugs ~~ Suz

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  1. They sound so yummy!!! It's just 6:00am and I'm already wanting pizza. :)

  2. I couldn't agree more! I love our homemade pizzas! What's better, my dh loves to "build" them! I just make the crust and he does the rest. In my opinion, the more (fresh) toppings, the better!

  3. Thanks for linking this up! I may be making this tonight!

  4. I will have to try this soon! Thank you for sharing the yummy-ness.

  5. Oh my! Pizza for breakfast! I think I could after looking at this :)
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  6. LOVE homemade pizza....thanks for the recipe.


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