Homemade Mini Pizza

OK, so you’re tired and don’t want to make dinner. It’s summer and the days are busy, what with keeping up the daily chores, meals and fun.

But why spend upwards of $30 on pizza delivery when you can make your own pizza dough? Trust me, your kids will have more fun building their own pizza pie, then waiting for delivery. Plus, it’s much healthier because you control the toppings.

I literally just made this Lavender/Basil mini pizza for lunch in the time it would’ve taken delivery to get here.

The trick is making the dough ahead of time. This recipe is courtesy of Jamie Oliver. It’s a proven recipe and works without much effort at all. After the dough is done, the rest is up to you.

By the way, this recipe makes up to eight medium-size pizzas, and probably 25 mini pizzas.

You can also take the dough rounds and BBQ them for a delicious and charred taste. Here goes:

~7 cups of Bread Flour

~1 level TB of fine Sea Salt

~2x 1/4oz. packets of active dried Yeast (*hint* if you buy yeast in bulk like me remember 2 1/4 teaspoons = 1/4oz.)

~1 TB raw Sugar

~4 TB extra virgin Olive Oil

2 1/2 cups of luke warm water

Method:

~Sift the flour into the bowl of your KitchenAid stand mixer attached with the dough hook.

~In another bowl, add luke warm water, then sugar, then olive oil, then yeast. Mix it quickly then let it bloom for a few minutes to give the yeast time to start eating the sugar.

~Turn the mixer on and slowly pour in the yeast mixture.

~Let it mix for just a few minutes until the dough is smooth and all incorporated.

~Shape the dough into a ball and dust it with flour. Put it in a flour-dusted bowl, cover with a damp cloth and leave it for an hour or so.

*note* If you don’t have a mixer, you can do it buy hand right on your counter top, or a large bowl.

~After an hour punch the dough down and reshape it. You can wrap it in plastic and freeze or put it in the refrigerator for a couple of days.

Now you get to use your imagination:

1) Pull off some dough and roll it out for pizzas. Put on your toppings and bake at 375 for 10-15 minutes

2) Pull off a small piece of dough and roll it out for a mini pizza. Add toppings and broil for 3-5 minutes

3) Pull off some dough and roll it out, fill it with veggies or meat, fold over like a calzone and bake at 375 for 10-15 minutes

4) Pull off some dough, roll it out, set it over your BBQ for just 30-seconds, flip and repeat. Serve like Naan bread, tearing off a piece and dipping into your favorite sauce.

I hope you have fun! Let me know what your favorite combination is!

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