Do you have any traditions in your family that you just love? Well, honestly, within my little family, we don't really have many. My husbands schedule is sort of crazy, which really throws the rest of our schedules off. It's all pretty normal to us now, since he has had the same general schedule (we use that term loosely) for years, but I tend to try to wait to do the fun stuff when he's here, just like anyone would wait to do some fun things on the weekends when everyone is around. But now that Max is getting older and understanding things more, I really want to try to incorperate more traditions and fun things into our normal days, not just holidays. I want to make things fun!
We have Christmas traditions covered, for sure, and we always eat breakfast at my parents' house on Sunday mornings (my Daddy's pancakes are the best), but I want more! I am a sucker for traditions.
Enter: Pizza Fridays!
If you follow The Nester, this is probably old news to you. My idea isn't exactly original, but I loved that their family does pizza for dinner every Friday. I am always struggling to come up with meal plans, so it will help with that, plus we love pizza and IT'S FUN!
I found the recipe here, but just for fun, I will post it on my blog, too...you know, to go along with the photos of my cute kids. Y'all. This pizza crust is absolutely delicious, and absolutely easy. You have to give it a shot!
1 1/3 cup warm water
1 packet of dry active yeast
1 cup wheat flour (I actually just used all white flour because I forgot to buy wheat flour)
2 cups all purpose flour (+ extra for rolling dough)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon salt
+ whatever toppings (sauce, cheese, etc) that you want! I love how Myquillyn (at the Nesting Place) just uses whatever ingredients she has on hand and leftovers (like BBQ chicken!) that would be good on pizza!
1. Put the packet of yeast and the warm water into the mixing bowl and stir. Let this sit until it "blooms" (or until it looks bubbly and smells like bread for those of you who, like me, are not used to cooking with yeast). This should take 10 minutes or less.
2. Dump all the rest of your ingredients into the mixing bowl. Mix it all up using your dough hook (I got to use mine for the first time when we made this!)...it should be a wet dough, but you will probably have to add a little four. You don't want to have it all sticking to the sides of the bowl!
3. Put some flour on your countertop and "plop" your dough out, and form it into a ball. Then stick it right back into your mixing bowl and cover with a cloth. Let it sit like this and rise for 45 minutes!
4. Preheat your oven to 475º
5. When your dough has risen, separate it into 2-3 smaller balls, depending on how many pizzas you want to make. Roll these balls out, thinner or thicker depending on how thick you like your crust. It won't rise a ton in the oven since you already let it rise in your mixing bowl. Put your rolled out dough onto your pizza pan.
6. Precook the dough, with nothing on it, for 4-5 minutes. It took mine closer to 5 minutes. Take it out when it starts to crisp up just a little bit.
7. Take the dough out of the oven and add sauce, cheese and toppings. Then, just bake it for another 6 minutes or so until it all starts to brown up!
FYI...The pizza we made on the pizza stone turned out better than the one we made on a regular pan. But there wasn't even one piece left over, so...it was pretty good either way!
Needless to say, we all loved Pizza Because it's Friday, and it is definitely tradition that we will keep up. Good, fun, and inexpensive = a win in my book!