With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Pizza

Monday, May 16, 2011

Pizza

Little Ella (whom I take care of) would eat pizza every day for her lunch.  She loves frozen pizza that I just warm in the oven but some days we make homemade pizza together.
Making the dough in the bread machine is the easiest part
When the dough is made, we roll and pat it into a circle on a cookie sheet that we sprinkled with cornmeal and a little flour.
Then we add sauce and top with Mozzarella Cheese.
For a nice crispy crust, I heat a pizza stone in the over to 420 degrees.  The trickiest part (for me) of making the pizza is transferring it from the cookie sheet onto the hot pizza stone.  Plenty of cornmeal on the bottom and a few hard shakes helps the dough slip off easily.
Be CAREFUL ~ the oven and stone are very HOT!
I recently tried substituting all-purpose flour for the bread flour.
I found no difference in texture, rising or taste.
I have also made the dough using my KitchenAid mixer and it bakes up just the same.
Here is my dough recipe that came with my first bread maker.
We like it because it rises really nice and tastes great.

Dough directions for a 14-inch pizza
1 cup water
2 Tbs. olive oil
1 tsp. salt
3 cups bread flour
2 Tbs. sugar
2 tsp. bread machine yeast

Place dough ingredients in bread pan in order listed.
Set on basic dough and press start button.
When cycle is completed, remove dough from bread pan.

Preheat oven and pizza stone to 420 degrees.

Shaping directions:
Punch dough down.  Pat/roll dough on a cookie sheet (one with no sides) that has been sprinkled with cornmeal and a little flour, shaping edges to form a crust.

Spread on your favorite pizza sauce, herbs and toppings of choice.

CAREFULLY slide the pizza from the cookie sheet onto the stone (that is in the oven).

Bake for 15 minutes until done.
When done, I use tongs and slide the pizza from the pizza stone onto a large wooden cutting board.

mm mm... your house will smell wonderful and your tummy will be happy!

20 comments:

Mildred said...

Ella is a very pretty assistant and the pizza makes me so hungry! Wishing you a great week Lorraine.

Ann said...

I'm with Ella, I'll have pizza any time, day or night :) I think I would prefer some of your home made over the frozen ones though. That looks totally delicious.

Loved all your flowers in your last post, they are just gorgeous

Julie Harward said...

I love pizza like that too..Ella is so cute and very lucky to have you taking care of her. Thanks for sharing girls! :D

Grace on the Narrow Path said...

What a sweet helper you have. Thanks for the receipes.
Blessings,
Bren

NanaDiana said...

Darn it-i lost my post-using hubby's laptop...ugh Anyway-Ella is just adorable-a darling little girl. I haven't made homemade pizza in years-maybe it's time to give it a go- Hugs-Diana

Kathleen said...

That looks fabulous, I love pizza.
A wood peel makes getting the dough onto the stone easier. Keep your eyes open for one.
I don't have a bread maker. What recipe do you use for your KA?

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

I agree with your other commenters on what a pretty, cute, sweet, assistant/helper, adorable, darling little girl that Ella is! And my kids and hubby know that I love pizza and could probably eat some every day too :o)

Thanks for sharing your recipe and your photos!

Blessings & Aloha!

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

What an adorable kitchen helper! I could eat pizza every day, too!

Kathryn said...

I still have never tried making homemade pizza, and I'm so ashamed! I'm just like Ella, though- I would eat pizza for every meal if I could. Your looks extra delicious!

Lallee said...

Ella is the prettiest little pizza maker I have ever seen. The pizza looks delicious too.

Thank you so much for your kind comment on the loss of our little Baggins recently. It is appreciated more than you could know.

Susan said...

Mmmmm, pizza looks good and little Ella is adorable! Susan

American Home said...

Hi, The pizza looks wonderful and I am going to try your recipe with my bread machine. You site is very charming. I have enjoyed the reading.
God Bless,
Donna

Olga said...

Looks fantastic! And what an adorable little helper!
Now I know what I'm going to make for dinner this week. Pizza!

Sue said...

You share the best recipes, with us, and they always turn out perfect. I will come back and copy this pizza dough recipe for my keeping. The best thing about this post is seeing your granddaughter Ella, making and enjoying these memories with you, what a treasure.
Sue

Carissa @ Pretty/Hungry said...

Beautiful photos and explained so well!!

-Carissa

Kate said...

That looks absolutely yummy! I would love a large piece for dinner...

Really Rainey said...

Mmmmmm... what time is lunch?

Have a great weekend!
~Rainey~

Debbie Petras said...

Leave it to you Lorraine to have a wonderful pizza recipe. I love the idea of adding your own toppings. And it will definitely be hot instead of getting cold after delivery. I am pinning this one.

Blessings and love,
Debbie

Josephine & John said...
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grace crawford said...

Looks delish! I tried to make homemade pizza once.....once.
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