Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Homemade Pizza with Chef Cate

 Making Pizza is a  very kid friendly thing to do and my little Chef Cate just loves cooking with me.  So we made pizza....she made cheese and I made a veggie with white sauce. 

Dissolve 1 tablespoon of yeast in 1 cup warm water.
 Should be between 110 and 115 degrees.
Let it set for about 10 minutes until frothy.
Next, in a separate bowl mix 2 cups bread flour,
1 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons white sugar.

Stir with wire whisk until dry ingredients are well blended.
Next add 2 Tablespoons of olive oil to liquid yeast mix.
With a dough hook mix on low while pouring in yeast mixture. 
Turn up speed and scrape edges of bowl.
Mix until flour is well mixed with liquid. 

Dough will be sticky.

Next put some flour on the clean counter top.

Spread flour with hands.

Pour dough on counter and with floured hands kneed dough for
about a minute.

Shape dough into ball.

Place dough in a bowl and cover with plastic. 
Let it rest for 30 minutes.

Clean work area!

On a sheet tray brush Olive Oil until thinly
covered. About 1 Tablespoon or so.

Next preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly sprinkle with corn meal.  This helps the pizza to not
stick to the tray and adds some crunch to the crust.

Next divide the dough in half and roll out into two pizzas.
This makes a thinner crust which we like. I used a pizza stone
for mine. I did that same as Cate did for preparing the pan.
We rolled out our Pizzas and placed them on the pans and
finished shaping them into a round circle.
Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.

Remove pizza from oven.
Spread your favorite sauce over the pizza.  Cate used some high
quality left over Marinara sauce for hers.  Don't use cheap Pizza
sauce....this is gourmet after all!

Next spread the pizza with your favorite cheeses.
We used fresh grated parmesan, sharp cheddar,
and shredded mozzarella. 

Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until the edges brown nicely.

Enjoy....blow first.  It's hot!
 The other grandkids liked it too.  This pizza was gone in seconds!