Saturday, January 29, 2011

Pizza Night

We love pizza in our house! Who doesn't? Lately I've been making it from scratch because it is way cheaper than take out or even frozen. I've been searching long and hard for a whole wheat crust that I like. I like to try to make things healthier without compromising on taste. I found a way to sneak in those whole grains with this crust. It is so GOOD! My kids gobble it right down. I found this recipe in an old Taste of Home magazine. It is so simple and fast to make. You could even make up a few batches and freeze the dough for a time when a pizza hankering strikes you. I had a little helper today. I think it is important to let your kids help in the kitchen. I truly believe they will be more open to eat the food if they help prepare it. They are so proud of themselves too. Look at this smile!

Pizza Dough
2 to 2 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
1 pkg (1/4 oz) quick-rise yeast or 2 1/4 tsp. quick-rise yeast
1Tbsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 cup warm water (120 to 130 F)
2 Tbsp. olive oil

In the bowl of your mixer, combine 2 cups of the flour, yeast, salt, oregano, garlic powder. Add warm water and oil; beat until just moistened. Make sure not to knock over your expensive olive oil and spill it all over the counter and yourself like I did. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky). Use your dough hook on speed 2 and knead dough for about 5-6 minutes. If you don't have a mixer you could do this by hand on a lightly floured surface.

 Place in a bowl coated with cooking spray, turning once to coat the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.

While the pizza dough is rising it is time to make the sauce. Can I just tell you how simple and delicious this no-cook sauce is. I make up one batch, enough to cover two pizza's. I usually only make one pizza so I freeze the remaining sauce for another time.

Pizza Sauce adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe

14 oz can of diced tomatoes
6 oz. can of tomato paste
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp.basil
1 tsp. garlic salt

This one is real hard. Just dump all the ingredients into a blender and blend to the desired consistency. That's it!

After your dough as risen, on a floured surface, roll dough into a 15 inch or so circle.

Transfer to a 14 inch pizza pan coated with cooking spray. Build up edges slightly. Prick dough thoroughly with a fork. Bake at 450 F for 5-8 minutes or until lightly browned.

Spread crust with your sauce and add your toppings of choice. We did canadian bacon, mandarin oranges and cheese. My kids don't like pineapple but love the oranges. It's actually really good. Bake for another 15-20 minutes until cheese is all melted and dough is cooked.


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