Pizza Night!

We all have our vices, and everyone in my family knows that I have a few! But hands down, pizza trumps them all. And this is obvious every Friday night at our house. It’s pretty hard to resist warm, oozing mozzarella atop homemade pizza dough …

It has taken a little time to find the perfect the dough, to find the perfect mozzarella, just the right sauce, and flavour combinations that satisfy. And who are we kidding; our topping combinations are constantly evolving!

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Here is my foolproof pizza dough recipe:

  • 2.5 tbsp active dry yeast (make sure it is fresh)
  • 1.25 cups warm water
  • 1 tsp honey or agave or your sweetener of choice
  • a couple good glugs of olive oil
  • 3 cups flour (double zero is THE best for pizza dough)
  • a pinch of sea salt
  • extra flour and olive oil

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In your mixer stand bowl, combine the water and honey and stir to until the honey is dissolved. Once it’s dissolved, add the yeast. Let it stand until it foams which will take about 5 minutes. Once foamy, add the flour, salt and olive oil and mix, using the dough hook, until combined. Mix the dough until it is smooth and soft. You may need to add a little more flour if the dough is too sticky. At this point I like to turn the dough out of the bowl and onto a floured surface to knead the dough a few times until it is a nice smooth ball of dough.

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Lightly oil a bowl that the dough can fit into and double in size. Put the dough in the bowl and cover it with a damp warm cloth. Place the bowl in a warn environment for about an hour. This is the perfect time to get all of your favorite toppings ready!

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Once your dough has risen, lightly flour the counter where you will roll out your dough. Take a healthy handful of dough and shape it into a round ball in your hands. Roll the dough out to about 1/2 inch thick – this thickness is really up to you. Grease your pizza stone, place the dough on the stone and spread the dough with your favourite pizza sauce. Now you can dress it up with your toppings of choice. Once it is dressed to your liking pop it into a 475F or 246C oven. Make sure you place it on the bottom rack.

Here are some of our family favourites …

A hui hou (a – who – e – who)

My daughter and I love fresh pineapple, shaved roasted ham and fresh rosemary. Once it is complete, I like to top it off with a little fresh ground salt & pepper and a drizzle of olive oil before sliding into the piping hot oven.

The Hungry Man

My husband loves a hearty pizza pepperoni that has a little kick, sliced red or yellow peppers, sliced mushrooms and sundried tomatoes. Once it is complete, I like to top it off with a little fresh ground salt & pepper and a drizzle of olive oil before sliding into the piping hot oven.

Teenage Dream

Meat, meat and more meat. Lots of pepperoni and fresh bacon with some mushrooms is a hit with my son. The more bacon the better! Once it is complete, I like to top it off with a little fresh ground salt & pepper and a drizzle of olive oil before sliding into the piping hot oven.

Second Place Finish

I have a few favorites when it comes to pizza. Fresh, in season cherry tomatoes, organic samarelli olives and fresh basil. Once it is complete, I like to top it off with a little fresh ground salt & pepper and a drizzle of olive oil before sliding into the piping hot oven.

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After it’s all said and done another family dinner has been accomplished and the weekend has begun!

For a deeper look at why pizza night is so meaningful to me read my entry what makes a family.

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