Monday, April 22, 2013

Perfect No-Rise Pizza Crust....Fast and Fantastic!

I love pizza and I think nothing beats fresh hot homemade pizza. The problem is that all the crust recipes I have seen call for 1-2 hours of raising time for the dough. I typically decide I wanna make pizza about an hour before dinner, no time for rising dough! I tried a bunch of the package crust mixes that don't call for rising and they are okay but expensive and not great. This is the recipe I have concocted for a perfect no rise crust from scratch.

No-Rise Pizza Dough

1 Package Active Dry Yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
1 Cup Warm Water (110-115 degrees)
2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
1 teaspoon Sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2- 2 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
Cornmeal (optional)
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon  Dried Italian Seasoning
Toppings of your choosing

Heat Oven to 425 Degrees

In a large mixing bowl dissolve yeast in the water.
add oil,sugar,salt and 1 1/2 cups flour
mix until smooth ( I use a kitchen-aid mixer with the paddle attachment on low)
Add 1/2 - 1 cup more flour until a stiff dough forms.
(Will be a bit sticky still, 1/2 cup always works for me)
Flour the counter and place dough on it, cover with bowl. Let sit for 10 Minutes.
Grease pan and sprinkle with cornmeal (optional)
(This recipe will make enough for one 12" pizza pan OR 1 cookie sheet (I use this)
Roll out dough and press into pan to fit.
 Pour olive oil onto crust and smooth over, sprinkle with Italian Seasoning.

Bake at 425 for 12-15 minutes till crust is browned.
Add desired toppings.
Bake an additional 10-12 minutes.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Fun in the Spring Sun

The sun has been peaking out the last few weeks and the Kids have been enjoying some fun in the great outdoors. They have especially been enjoying the amazing John Deere ride on kids tractor my parents got them for Easter (WOW!)

Then today I got out Big A's clothes and he said "Momma, I'm not wearing that! (My kids are very conscious of what they wear...little fasionistas!) "I'm wearing shorts and a Tee Shirt!" I then informed him that it had SNOWED last night. He didn't believe me until he looked out the window. He seemed totally perplexed by the change of weather.

I have to say I agree with him....I want the sun back!!

Here are some pics from the "Sun fun" of the last few days.


Monday, April 1, 2013

Like Mother Like Daughter

My Mom has always said that little a looks just like I did when I was little. She was going through some old pictures and now I have to admit, she really does look like I did when I was her age. I guess it's official she IS her mothers daughter.

My little a

Me at the same age....