I don't know about you, but pizza is always a hit at my house. Just about every time I ask my family what they want for dinner, someone yells, "PIZZA!!"
Don't get me wrong, we do order out sometimes from our local pizza place for delivery.
But occasionally, I plan a little ahead and we make homemade pizzas. We make our own individual pizzas and then have a "picnic." No, not exactly the kind of picnic you are thinking of. Our "picnics" have evolved. It started as a special treat for our kids to spread out blankets on the living room floor and watch a movie while we eat our pizza.
Now, it's a tradition! Eating Pizza? Picnic Time! We usually watch a show we enjoy together on Netflix or a movie that we have been waiting to see on Apple TV. It's just a fun way to enjoy a special moment together.
On to the pizza!!
I use Lisa Leake's recipe from her blog 100 Days of Real Food as my guide. Click HERE to see her version.
I have changed it up a bit because my family is not about completely whole wheat flour pizza dough. Trust me...I've tried. I do half whole wheat flour and half regular flour. Sometimes I feel extra brave and make it with 2 cups of whole wheat flour and 1 regular. We are always trying to improve our diet and reduce the processed and sugary foods. We are really far from perfect! I still allow my kids treats and some junk. It is always an effort to reduce that type of thing and improve the way we eat. I think it is important to make informed decisions about the food choices you make.
- 1 cup of warm water
- 2 tsp yeast (active dry yeast)
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- Tomato Sauce
- Mozzarella Cheese
- Any toppings you want!
- Add yeast to the warm water. Stir gently and wait for it to bubble up a bit and dissolve.
- While the yeast is doing its thing, add your flour to a food processor with a dough blade.You could also use a mixer and a dough hook, or even mix by hand.
- Stir the salt and olive oil into the water yeast mixture.
- Pour the water mixture into the flour however you are mixing it. (I prefer the food processor.) The dough should end up as a ball, chasing itself around the bowl. I find my dough takes a bit more water. If it is too dry, add water a little at a time until the dough chases itself. If it becomes too wet, add a little flour.
- Once combined, place the dough into a covered bowl or plastic bag (prepped with olive oil so it doesn't stick!) and let rise either one the counter or in the refrigerator for an hour or even overnight. **I have used it right away and it was ok. If you have the time, allowing it to rise is preferable.
- When ready, preheat your oven to 500°, flour your counter and roll out the dough! I cut ours into 5 pieces for individual pizzas or roll out the one large dough ball for one large pizza. Place the dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Spread out the tomato sauce, put on your toppings and bake the individuals pizzas for 6-8 minutes. The whole dough ball pizza should take 8-10 minutes.Just look for slightly browned and bubbling cheese.
I love to add arugula coated with a little lemon vinaigrette to the top of the finished pizza. It is so good, and really takes the pizza over the top. Not to mention, you get some greens in!
- 1 part lemon juice (example 1 tbsp)
- 2 parts olive oil (example 2 tbsp)
- pinch of salt and pepper
Combine in a small mason jar and shake!
|My Finished Pizza with Arugula!|
I hope that you and your family enjoy these as much as we do!
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