Well, school’s been back for 2 weeks now. I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to a long weekend!! Labor Day just screams family time, cookouts and deeply discounted mattresses 🙂
I’ve been on a “homemade” kick. Not sure why. I’ve never been the type of girl who makes things from “scratch”. Why make it from scratch when Betty Crocker makes a perfectly fine cake mix???
However, Pinterest inspires me to make things from scratch. I figure if these women can do it, why not me? A while back, I found this pin. Like most things on Pinterest, I pin them and visit them weeks later. This is such a pin.
I have to say, pizza is one of my all time favorite foods. One of my favorite memories of pizza is when my parents would go out on a date. We would get a babysitter, rent a movie and my mom would put out a frozen pizza for the baby-sitter to put in the oven for us. I loved it (and not because my parents weren’t around…I know what you’re thinking mom!). 🙂
I have passed this love down to my kids. It’s scary to see how much pizza my 8 year-old-son can put away. I think Cici’s Pizza actually loses money on him!
Typically if we eat pizza, we either go somewhere to eat it (like Cici’s or one of our local pizza places) or I buy a frozen one. I don’t know if you’ve checked lately, but frozen pizzas are getting pricey. They’re a lot better tasting than they used to be, but pricey!! Recently, I have been buying the pizza crust in a tube or buying the pre-made, frozen kind. With all of the fresh veggies we’ve had in our garden, we’ve been able to come up with some yummy varieties. My hubby loves the bell pepper & jalapeno pepper toppings.
When I saw the recipe for the pizza crust, I figured I’d take it up a notch. After all, I did successfully make my own, home made crescent rolls the other day!
The recipe itself is very easy to follow & doesn’t have a ton of ingredients, which I love. The one thing I changed was to use half wheat flour and half regular flour. In my opinion, it didn’t really make that big of a difference…and I love wheat pizza crust. If you don’t, just make it with the regular flour.
I’m guessing the blogger had a ton of questions about making the recipe, so she made this page with tips and FAQ’s. I highly recommend reading this part before you even start making the crust. If I had, I would have read where she recommends measuring your dry ingredients by weight, rather than volume. Luckily for me, it didn’t make a huge difference, but I will definitely weigh the flour next time.
One minor problem I had was the crust stuck to the parchment paper after I had baked the pizza. I used flour and cornmeal on the surface before I rolled the dough out. I’m not sure if my dough was a little too sticky or if I’m just not a parchment paper kind of gal. Next time, I think I’ll spray the paper with non-stick spray first. I don’t think it’ll make a huge difference in the texture of the crust.
The recipe makes 2 large pizzas. I thought it would be fun to make several smaller pizzas and let everyone make their own personal size. I cut the dough into fourths and put the toppings on. I think for small children, you could even cut those in half & it would give you the perfect size personal pizza.
I have visions of making several batches ahead of time (it’s supposed to freeze well) and having friends over for a “make-your-own” pizza party. I provide the crust, sauce and cheese…you provide your favorite toppings. Fun, right??
So, next time your significant other suggests a pizza night, why not try your hand at making our own crust?? It’s fairly cheap, lots of fun and not as scary as it sounds 🙂