The Thankful Mama

Homemade Pizza Night

I have a new system for dinners that I have been trying to stick to. On Sunday I make up a dinner menu for the whole week. I’ve been going through some of my lesser used cookbooks to find some new stuff to try out. Then I try…and I stress do just one shopping trip to the grocery store for ingredients. It’s been working out great and my hubby seems to like the variety.
Homemade pizza was on the menu last night. I made this a couple of weeks ago and it was so easy and delicious, we had to have it again. It’s a good weekend dinner since it takes a little extra effort to make the dough.
I made two pizzas using a basic french bread recipe, but adding olive oil to the dough. We love this bread so much around our house, why not try it for pizza too? It works pretty well, although my favorite is thin crust, and I’d like to experiment with making that style too. If anyone has any suggestions on good pizza dough please let me know.
My french bread pizza dough recipe is:
1c warm water
1/3c olive oil
1 lb (about 4 cups) unbleached flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast

I use the dough hook on my kitchen aid mixer and let it knead the ingredients for about 8-10 minutes, then let rise in a warm oven for about 40 minutes or until doubled. This makes two small pizzas about 8-12″ in diameter…I didn’t measure them, but it memory serves me correct…

We have fun coming up with toppings for them. Last night we decided on Italian sausage, bell pepper, mozzarella and Monterrey jack cheese blend for pizza #1

Pizza #2 had bell pepper, basil, mozzarella, goat and Parmesan cheese. There weren’t any leftovers and I guess that speaks for itself!

Pizza #2