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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

MEMORIAL DAY + PIZZA RECIPE!

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I love the holidays because it means I get to spend most of the day with D! He's been pretty busy with his BFA project and work. We had horrible dreams at night and didn't get to go hiking with some friends but got to sleep in! To make the day a little more special I had the brilliant idea to make pizza on a really warm day with the apartment at 75+ F degrees! Some friends asked for the recipe I used to make it... it was really yummy if you wanna make it yourself.

I love that with homemade pizza you can put anything on it for toppings and it gets me to use basics that I already have at home. I used this pizza dough recipe and modified it, so this is what I used:

Pizza Dough 
Makes 2-12 inch pizzas!

Ingredients
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup 30% ultragrain flour (it's healthier :)
1 envelope of yeast
1 cup very warm water
3/4 teaspoon salt
1-2 pinches of sugar
2 tablespoons (vegetable) oil

Directions
1. In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast, 2 pinches of sugar and the warm water for about 10 minutes until the yeast is creamy. I usually just cover the bowl to keep the warmth in.

2. In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Then add the yeast mixture and oil and mix in a mixer or with a spoon until you have a soft dough. Knead on a lightly floured surface until it's soft and stays together (no more than 3 minutes).

3. In the same bowl that you mixed the dough, sprinkle in some flour to place the dough in it. Cover tightly with a plastic bag and let rise for 10-15 minutes.

4. On a floured surface, roll out the dough into 2-12 inch circles or 1-14 inch circle and place on your baking sheet. Put on whatever toppings you'd like and bake at 350 degrees F for about 20 minutes or until done.
(The dough seemed to stay the same thickness in the oven as before I put it in... so you can pick how thick you want the crust.)

Toppings (for 2-12in pizzas)
2 cups pasta sauce
2 1/2 or 3 cups cheese
1/2 onion, sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, slices
1 small can mushrooms, stems and pieces sliced
1-2 handfuls of spinach, sliced
8-10 slices canadian bacon or ham

Feel free to put any toppings you like - the spinach doesn't taste like anything when baked and the red pepper was sliced thinner than fajita style so the flavor is simply sweet!

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

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