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Friday Night Pizza

February 10, 2013

So now that My husband stole the show last weekend by making everyone laugh in my 1st blog, it’s my turn to write a little bit on my own cooking experience. As a teacher, the first thing I think of whenever I hear it’s going to snow is how soon are they going to call for a snow day. We got the call Thursday night to let us know we had an early dismissal on Friday. While everyone else started to freak out about their bread and milk I started to plan my snowed in weekend of food, starting with Friday night pizza.

We normally buy our pizza dough from Trader Joe’s but I have been wanting to try it myself, so what better opportunity then a Friday night snowstorm named Nemo.

We typically make Plain and White pizza, So we normally buy plain dough and this amazing garlic and herb dough. I figured may as well try my hand at both. The basic dough recipe makes two pizzas, so I made 4 and froze two!

What you need:

For the dough
1 1/2 cups warm water (let the sink run until the water is hot)
1 package of active dry yeast
3 1/2 cups bread flour
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon sugar

Garlic and herb variation
Same ingredients as above with the addition of
1 tsp Garlic powder
1 tsp Dried oregano
1 tsp Dried basil
1 tsp Dried parsley

Start by adding the warm water and yeast to the mixer and mix with dough hook until combined.

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Next add the oil, salt , and sugar then mix some more, if you are making garlic herb variation add the spices during this step.

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Without herbs

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With herbs

Next place the dough balls in a covered bowl and let the dough rise for about an hour in a warm place. ( I keep mine in the microwave)
Before….

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After…

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Once the dough has risen preheat the oven to 450. Take the dough ball and separate it into two, this is when I froze two of four balls. Once you have them separated, take a pizza stone or cookie sheet and rub it with olive oil. Start by shaping the dough with your hands until it starts to form a flat circle, then place it in the stone and form into pizza shape. I started with the plain pizza…
Pinch the edges to form the crust.

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Next add a thin layer of sauce (I use Trader Joe’s pizza sauce)

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Then of course add your favorite cheese and toppings. (I used Sargentos pizza blend)

By the way, I have a slight cheese addiction.. So do not judge me for the absurd amount of cheese on these pizzas. I have no interest in fixing my addiction.

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Brush the crust with Olive oil and garlic to help make it crispy and yummy.

For the garlic and herb white pizza, I shaped the dough the same way, but because of the herbs the dough is a little harder to shape so be careful.

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Next I brushed the entire pizza with olive oil and put my favorite herbs on top… Oregano, basil, parsley, garlic, sea salt, and pepper.

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Next I added the cheese, I shredded Gouda, fontina, and gruyere for this…

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Next I added pieces of fresh mozzarella

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And brushed the crust with garlic and oil.

I have a double oven, so I put the pizzas in separate ovens and cooked them for 12 minutes until the crust and cheese were browned and bubbly.

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Normally I feel after making a recipe for the first time that there are always kinks to work out, but this recipe really was perfectly yummy!

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