Quick Pizza Dough

In CategoryCooking
ByDeb

I usually make a large batch of Beer Batter Pizza Dough with my Bosch every few months or so, but there are occasionally times when I don’t have a stockpile of dough in the freezer, nor the inclination to make any. When that happens, I use this as my go to Quick Pizza Dough recipe.

Quick Pizza Dough
1 (1/4 ounce) packet yeast (1 packet = 2 1/4 teaspoons)
1 cup warm water
1 Tablespoon honey
1 Tablespoon oil
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
Vermont Cheese Powder (optional, but AMAZING)

First off, let’s talk about the yeast. I don’t buy my yeast by the envelope, and every time I made something that called for 1 packet, I had to go online and find a conversion (which I have graciously provided for you here. you’re welcome). It was annoying. One day while I was on the King Arthur Flour site, I broke down and bought this awesome little spoon, which measures out the equivalent of 1 packet. I heart the little spoon, it makes me happy every time I use it. As for the honey, a lot of recipes I’ve seen don’t call for any kind of sugar, but I like to give the yeast something to eat.

Next, the flour. I usually use freshly ground whole wheat flour for baking, but for pizza dough, I like to use half AP flour. I think it makes the crust crispier.

Mix the warm water and the honey together in a bowl and stir in the yeast. You can let that sit and bloom, but I am usually too impatient and if I see one or two bubbles that’s good enough. Add the oil, then the flour and salt, and stir until it forms a ball. You can take it out and knead it for a couple of minutes if you want, but I usually sort of knead it a few times against the bottom of the bowl until it looks purty. Cover with plastic wrap and set it aside for 15 minutes – or if you are like Impatient Deb, until you have all your toppings chopped.

This recipe makes two decent sized (medium-ish?) pizzas, depending on how thick you like your crust; and you can cook it on a baking stone, pizza pan, or whatever strikes your fancy. I cut the dough in half and press it into two quarter sheet pans (about 9 1/2″ x 13″).

After pressing the dough into the pans, I pour a little olive oil into my hand and pat it on the dough, then sprinkle Vermont Cheese Powder over it.

I spend a lot of time on the King Arthur Flour website. Don’t judge.

You can leave it off, or substitute regular old Parmesan-in-the-Green-Can. Par-bake (no toppings yet) for about 9 minutes at 400°.

Remove from the oven and top as desired. 

Bake for another 10-12 minutes until done.

Viola! You will be sitting down to delicious, homemade pizza in a little over a half-hour.

Which is perfect for me, because I never remember about dinner until about 5:30pm.

Happy Cooking!

Click here for a printable version of my Quick Pizza Dough.

My Sister

In CategoryNavel Gazing
ByDeb

Here is an actual email I received from my mistakenly-thinks-she’s-hilarious sister this evening:

Well, you’ve been 40 for 6 weeks now. How’s it going? Doing all right? Getting around OK?

I saw a guy in a hoveround the other day and thought of you. Would that make things easier? You may also be able to install one of those little lifts for the stairs.

Just a few thoughts,
Your Sister

Har. Har. Har.

Containerage

In CategoryNavel Gazing
ByDeb

I am at Heart of the Matter today, blathering on about organizing with these cute containers:

(don’t you hate that? “If you want to read me, click here! Dance, monkeys, DANCE!”)

Random Monday

In CategoryRandom Monday
ByDeb

• I got a spam comment the other day telling me how much he admired that I “didn’t even sound like an idiot!” Flatterer.

• I have been quite taken by the story of Congressman Wiener and the associated Weiner’s Weiner Scandal, and have spent a ridiculous amount of time emailing dirty puns to my husband. I can’t seem to stop myself. Member Wiener and his member, I mean wiener, is a gift that keeps on giving.

I heard over the weekend that Congressman Wiener is taking himself off to rehab.

Rehab?

Does Dr. Drew have a treatment program for Prominent Pictoral Peccadilloes?

Contemptible Congressional Close-ups?

Sordid Social Media Shame?

Reprehensible Representative Reprobates?

(Look, I’m sorry. It’s not your first day here. I can only hold back Hilariously Crude Deb for so long. Well, I find myself hilarious. I suppose I can’t speak for those poor humorless souls other people.)

• After I got a pedicure a few weeks ago, my daughter wanted to have her toenails painted too. And so did my son. My babies are little and want to be included in whatever I do. When I put on makeup, I tickle both noses with my makeup brush and sometimes even give them both a swipe of lip gloss. When my son wanted polish too, I could not see turning him down because of some stupid gender stereotype and making him feel bad and confused when all he wanted was some special mama time.

The young swimming instructor thought the gunmetal colored polish was cool, but the knitterly acquaintance who invited herself to lunch last week almost had a big problem with me when she hissed “why does he have nail polish on?” as though I hadn’t noticed it or something. I made a lighthearted comment about how we all enjoy a mani-pedi at our house, but I could feel my inner Fierce Mama lift her head and listen.

• Last week was hectic and exhausting, and there were a more than a few days when Sucky Yelly Mommy showed her hideous face. So when I went to My Three Rivers Home and saw this quote, I broke down in tears and cried –

I capture what I can by video, camera, journal, and mementos,
but there is nothing I can do
to capture the feel
of a one-year-old’s hug
with her little arms clinging to my neck
and her little body soft and melding into mine.

–Alice Wong

• Over the weekend, the kids called me outside to the tree that attracts ladybugs and showed me ladybug larvae! It was so exciting and I felt very smart that we could now recognize ladybug larvae for what they were instead of thinking they were some weird bug. We will definitely shop at Insect Lore again for more buggy experiments. Big is particularly interested in learning about butterflies next.

Wait! One more – Loathsome Licentious Lawmaker!