Friday, December 18, 2009

Hawaiian Pizza

Tonight was another successful cooking adventure for Audrey and her mom. Audrey had her friend Donovan over for dinner tonight and he helped make the pizzas as well. They made homemade pizza dough in the new food processor and then added the toppings themselves. Before tonight Audrey had never made anything with yeast other than in the bread machine so she was a little nervous (maybe that was her mom) but it was very easy.

The recipe for the pizza dough comes from The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczn.

Thick and Chewy Pizza Dough
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees F.)
  • 1 package (1 tbsp) dry yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 cups flour (Audrey used the Cornell Mix from Whole Foods for the Whole Family by La Leche League International)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Audrey's (and Donovan's) Tasks:
  1. Put ingredients for dough in food processor
  2. Pat out pizza dough
  3. Spread sauce on dough
  4. Place toppings on pizza
Mom's Tasks:
  1. Assemble ingredients
  2. Place dough ball in bowl to rise
  3. Preheat oven
  4. Flour pizza pan
  5. Help Audrey (and Donovan) pat out pizza and put on toppings
  6. Remove pizza from oven
For Dough:
Combine 1/4 cup of the water with the yeast and sugar. Stir to dissolve the yeast, and let stand until bubbly, about five minutes. Pour the flour, oil, and salt into a food processor, and process about five seconds with a steel blade (Audrey used the dough blade.) Add the yeast mixture to the flour mixture, and process about 10 seconds, or until blended. Turn in the processor and drizzle just enough of the remaining water through the feed tube so the dough forms a ball that cleans the sides of the bowl. Process so that the ball turns around about 25 times. Put the dough ball onto a 14-inch greased pan or large cookie sheet. Cover with plastic wrap or a bowl, and let stand 10 minutes. Pat the dough out so that it covers the pan, leaving a ridge on the edges. Spread with toppings and bake at 425 for 15 to 20 minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly.

Audrey had several friends over for dinner and they all loved her pizza. It was so easy they made two so there would be enough to go around.

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