The girl and I have gone through the Hallmark channel and DVR'd a ton of Christmas movie's. I'm really glad to have someone to watch them with!
The fireman will watch romance movie's on occasion, but I really like to dive headfirst into the sweet and sappy Christmas movies. Hallmark has that covered. Thankfully, the girl really gets into them, too.
So, I remembered that I had seen quick pizza crust recipe's online a few times and thought I'd try one.
This recipe is slightly adapted from allrecipes.com
It turned out pretty great, actually.
Mix with a fork and let sit until foamy, about 5 to 10 minutes.
You beat this until it's smooth, I beat it for a good few minutes.
Let rest for 5 minutes.
It didn't raise much, but it looked like it started to. Turn the dough on a lightly floured surface and pat or roll into a round.
I kind of pulled and stretched the dough. It was actually quite elastic and worked great. I didn't use hardly any flour and it had a nice stretch.
Too much flour makes it less stretchable. It bounces back too fast.
Note: Normally I mix my tomato paste with a little tomato sauce, about 2 to 1 ratio, but didn't want to open a can of sauce. You could mix with a bit of water to soften the consistency if you don't like it this thick.
I had preheated the oven earlier to 450, and slid this into the hot oven. I baked it for about 17 minutes, the directions said 15-20.
Now you have to let the pizza sit for about 5 minutes for the crust to harden. I've always found that cutting into it too soon makes it soft and soggy.
For a quick meal, I have to say I enjoyed it.
Biggest plus, this was on my plate in literally about 40 minutes. And it filled my pizza craving. You really can't argue with that.
1 package active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup very warm water (110 degrees F)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Bloom your yeast with sugar and warm water. Let rest for 5-10 minutes until foamy.
Stir in salt, oil and flour, beat until smooth. Let rest 5 minutes.
Work dough on slightly floured surface into shape for your pizza pan. Transfer to a lightly greased pan or dusted with cornmeal.
Add desired toppings and bake in hot oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Let rest for 5 minutes before cutting and serving.