Tuesday, February 15, 2011

In The Kitchen

This past week in our kitchen, I have been trying to be more open to including my kids in daily cooking - not just special items on special days.  D (5) is by far the most interested, although the little ones drift in and out constantly, always on the look out for a taste of this or that.  My oldest is following in his Father's footsteps, more consumed with crafting the perfect cup of tea than any actual food - which is just great, because who doesn't love being offered a cup of tea at various points during the day?

One recipe all of them want to be involved in (warning: it is messy!) is homemade pizza.  With endlessly customizable toppings and the ease of sprinkling cheese, this "anything goes" meal is perfect for toddlers on up.  Kids have the opportunity to be creative and experiment with different toppings and cheeses.   

I wanted to be able to come up with my own dough recipe - healthier and cheaper.  The pizzas turned out perfectly and were gobbled up so quickly, I didn't have a chance to snap a picture!

I used the bread machine.

3 1/2 C Bread flour (I only did 2.5 cups bread flour and 1 C whole wheat flour)
2 Tbsp. Honey
1/4 C Olive oil
1/2 t Kosher Salt
2.5 t Yeast
1 C Warm water

I also added some Italian seasoning - basil, oregano, pepper, red pepper flakes, parsley, and a little shake of flax seed meal.

Combine all in bread machine, select "dough" on menu.  Keep an eye on the dough to make sure it is moist enough, add more warm water as needed.

When dough is "done," take out of bread machine (will still be warm).  Knead on a floured surface for 2 minutes, divide as desired and cover to rise for an additional hour.  Then either use right away, or freeze for future use.

This recipe made enough dough for 2 M/L pizzas.

I am planning on making several more batches to have on hand in the freezer.  With pre-made dough, this pizza will take about as long as delivery - and is much more delicious!

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  1. I love homemade pizza. It's much better than anything you can get at the store or delivered.

  2. We love making home-made pizza here too! My husband is not home every weekend, so on the Friday nights he is working, it's Movie Pizza Night! The kids get to pick a movie and we make our own pizza. I use my bread machine also, and make up a couple of dough batches to freeze.
    The toppings are endless, but mine pretty much stick to pineapple, pepperoni and cheese. I tried to sneak in very tiny chopped green peppers once..but they are too clever and spotted "that green stuff". However, recently when I rolled out the dough I did it in corn flour....tasted great!

  3. My 9 year old just started taking an interest in cooking/baking this year! It is awesome to spend time with her in the kitchen - teaching, talking, sharing. And, that dutch apple pie we made a few Sundays ago never tasted better! :o)


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