Saturday, April 12, 2008

Homemade Pizza

Today was the first really nice, really warm day here in Seattle, and it was beautiful. I did a little yard work, a little Spring cleaning of my craft/sewing room, and generally got the itch to keep my hands busy all day.

When Dan suggested pizza for dinner, I didn't feel like waiting idle for the delivery guy. So instead, I made up some homemade pizza dough, and got to work prepping ingredients while the dough was rising. We had a wealth of ingredients around, so the pizza ended up covered in sauce, baby spinach, red onions, mushrooms, boca sausage, green onion, garlic, and (on my half only) black olives... all coated in mozzarella cheese.

Homemade Pizza Dough
1 1/2 tspn active dry yeast
6 Tbspn warm water
6 Tbspn milk
2 Tbspn olive oil
1 Tbspn cornmeal
1/2 tspn salt
1 Tbspn wheat flour
About 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour (+ extra for rolling)

Dissolve yeast in warm water in a small bowl and set aside for 3-4 minutes. Combine milk, oil, and cornmeal in a mixing bowl and combine. Add yeast mixture, then salt and wheat flour and mix well. Gradually add white flour, making a soft, workable dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for ~5 minutes, ultimately creating a ball. Spinkle olive oil in the mixing bowl, and put the dough back in the bowl, turning once to coat the dough with oil. Cover with a kitchen towel and put in a warm place for about 35-40 minutes to rise. Once the dough is ready, roll out, cover with toppings, and bake in a 500 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.

(You can also freeze the dough by wrapping in a double layer of plastic wrap, then thaw in the fridge overnight before using.)

I also made some raspberry jello, which we enjoyed after dinner.

(Pizza dough recipe adapted from Field of Greens.)

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