We started a tradition several months ago where on every Friday night, we eat pizza and do something fun as a family. The fun thing can be watching a movie, playing games, pulling out our original 16-bit Nintendo and having a Zelda-fest, camping in the backyard – whatever. The pizza thing is HUGE with our kids, and they have come to expect it.
Sometimes waiting for the pizza is hard. :)
We have a family motto that says: “We work hard and are honest.” My seven-year old modified it to: “We work hard, are honest and eat pizza on Fridays.” Yep, that pretty much sums up our family ideals. :)
As part of having pizza every week, we typically will make the pizza. Occasionally we’ll have a pizza we’ve bought from somewhere, but I found a crust recipe from allrecipes.com that makes it hard to want to buy a pizza, unless the day has been too crazy to want to add something else to it. It is VERY easy, and the dough is really elastic and smooth and delicious. It’s everything you could hope for in a crust. We even have kiddo helpers sometimes.
1 cup warm water (110 degrees F – this means it’s more like warm-hot water)
1 T. sugar
1 packet yeast (or 2 1/4 tsp.)
3 T. oil (original recipe says olive, but I usually just use canola or vegetable oil)
1 tsp. salt
1-2 tsp. italian seasoning (opt.)
2 1/2 c. flour
Step 1: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine warm water, sugar and yeast in large bowl. Mix.
Step 2: Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix. (See? I told you it is easy.)
Step 3: Knead. I use my handy-dandy kneading attachment to my hand mixer for this one. Once it is kneaded, it will have a FABULOUS texture.
Step 4: Rest the dough for 10 minutes. Then roll it out and place on a greased cookie sheet – or pizza pan.
Step 5: Top & bake for 15-20 minutes. Make sure if you use “wet” ingredients that you bake for closer to the 20 minutes or the crust will be cooked, but the middle will not be cooked through entirely. We have yet to burn the crust, but we have undercooked the middle when we’ve been impatient.
This is easy to do, and fun. What are some of your family traditions? Any fun types of pizza we should try?