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Pizza Dough

Updated: Dec 7, 2020


I can't believe the Halloween costumes and decorations have already been out for weeks. We are definitely ready for a cool down at our house. The Texas heat and humidity have kept us quite warm.


We have decided to put Paiz in public school. She does not do well listening to me. The boys are still being homeschooled. Paiz's school schedule is from 7:45-3:45, almost two hours longer than her previous school!


Ax isn't able to go to preschool because he speaks English, isn't homeless, and is not a military member, firefighter, or EMS child. That's okay, though, because his school is from 7:30-2:45; I think that is too long for a 4-year-old.


The schools are strange here. There are 6 different schools all over the city for PK-12 grade. PK and Kinder are in one school, 1st-2nd are in another school, 3rd-5th is in a different school, then 6th is on its own, Jr and high school have normal grades.


This pizza dough is my kid's favorite. They even prefer "mom's pizza" to any pizza place. I use tomato paste on the kid's pizza, and then I sprinkle garlic powder over the paste before I put any cheese on. I used Monterey jack cheese, provolone cheese, and some cheddar on the kid's pizza. I've learned that mozzarella doesn't have a ton of flavor, and there are better cheeses.


I use Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce for Kevin and my pizza, then I cook bacon and saute green peppers and onion and put them on our pizza. I use Monterey Jack, provolone, and some parmesan on our pizza.


I roll this dough out and out in a cookie sheet; my kids prefer a thinner crust. We have a double oven in our new house, so I can finally cook both pizzas at the same time!


Pizza Dough

Ingredients

2 cups warm water

1 tablespoon yeast

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon salt

4 1/2-5 cups flour

Any pizza toppings you like

Directions

Combine water, yeast, and sugar and stir slightly. Let sit until the yeast looks foamy on top of the water. 

Next, add the garlic powder and salt. I use a kitchen aid mixer because it does all the stirring for me. Then, add the flour about 1 cup at a time. When you get to 4 cups, add the remaining flour slowly. The dough will no longer stick to the sides of the bowl when the dough has enough flour in it. 

Let the dough sit for about 40 minutes. Spray the pan you will be using with cooking spray. Roll out the dough on a floured surface. Roll out the dough to the thickness you'd like. I roll the edges up, but you can leave the pizza flat too. This recipe makes enough dough for 2 pizzas. Top with your favorite toppings and cheese(s).

Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. The cheese will be starting to bubble when the pizza is done. Make sure to watch the bottom of the pizza so that it does not burn.

Slightly adapted from: chef-in-training


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