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With so many flowers, chocolates and sweets for Valentine’s I thought I post a favorite of my sweets.  Pretzel pizza dough sweet Valentine wishes to you all. XOXO

We LOOOVE PIZZA!

At our house we really love pizza! When my husband was in college he work for a pizza place and would bring home pizza.  With all the left overs he would have it for lunch and dinner and still never tire of it.  We always try new pizza joints when we travel too.

I have made pizza with pretzel dough for a long time now.  As of late we have noticed ads for it on t.v. I’m not sure how it taste but, I know this for sure my  made is a real treat.

Friday are pizza days at our house have always had a set menu of Pizza.  Our boys always plan on dinner at home of Friday and quite often that means they have friends in tow.  But I don’t mind the more the merrier,  they hang out watch a movie or play some air hokey.  It’s a great time for everyone to catch up on the weeks events or just let your mind relax from a busy week.

I like make 8 or 10 inch personal pizzas most of the time so they can order the toppings of choice.  But,  if there’s a crowd I have 18 inch pizza to accommodate the hungry gang.  Even at their ages they still like to put on the toppings and watch until it comes out of the oven.  I have to say as a mom that’s makes my heart jump to have them want to hang out with us.  Even if it’s to get a great pizza as they call it.

Speaking of topping with pizza the skies the limit.  You can have the old standers pepperoni or say ham and pineapple,  my sweetie his favorite is sauté mushrooms with fresh spinach, oven dried tomatoes and smoked Gouda cheese.  For myself I think you can beat a fresh Margarita pizza.  That’s the beauty of pizza there’s something for every taste.

 

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There are so may great topping and cheese to choose from.  I think I might want them all this time!

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Fresh crust just begging for sauce and toppings!  And don’t forget the cheese!

 

Make sure you place your pizza stone in the oven to heat.  While your oven is heating up throw a fist of garlic on the stone to roast for sauce or a baking sheet and let it roast for 20 minutes.  Remove and let cool until you can handle it. You’ll be glad you did when you squeeze out the mellow soft garlic for making your sauce.

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Am I making you hungry yet? It’s not to late you still have time to make pizza for dinner or lunch.  Maybe even breakfast!

 

Pizza with Pretzel Crust

Dough:

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons dry yeast or 1 1/4 oz packet
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar or honey
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
  • 5 to 5 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt (sea-salt or 1/2 teaspoon table salt)

Place the warm water, sugar and yeast in the bowl of a mixer let sit for 10 minutes it will get bubbly and cloudy.  Add the milk and butter, 5 cups of flour and salt.  Pulse the mixer until you have a wet dough turn the mixer up and knead the dough add more flour a Tablespoon at a time.  This will be a dry dough that clings to the dough hook.  knead for 10 minutes only add flour until there is no longer and dough sticking to the sides of your bowl.  You may only need a little more flour or you may use all of the half cup.  This will depend on the humidity in your part of the world.  After you have kneaded the dough place it in an oiled bowl that is more than double the size of your dough .  Spray the top of the dough with oil and cover with plastic wrap let  rise for 1 and 1/2 hours it will double or more in size.  Turn your dough out onto a flour dusted surface and divide into 6 or 8 pieces depending on the size pizza you want.  Roll each piece of dough into a tight ball and place on an oiled baking sheet spray each with oil and cover loosely with plastic wrap.  let rise in a warm place for 1 hour then your read to shape and bake.  Also gather your toppings of choice and grade the cheese.

  • 3 cups water
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar in the raw or brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons baking soda
  • pastry brush
  • corn meal
  • parchment paper
  • pizza peel and stone or baking sheets
  • coarse salt  and pizza spices  (William Sonoma and King Arther both have a good pizza seasoning).

One hour before baking preheat your oven to 500°.  Fifteen minutes before shaping your dough place the sauce pan on high heat.  When the water starts to boil add the sugar and baking soda.  The baking soda will foam up so pull the pan off the water if you need to until it settles own the place it back on the heat and turn the temp to low.  You want the water bath to simmer.  You will need a pastry brush to brush the crust with the water bath then sprinkle with seasoning and/or salt.

For the sauce I’ve posted this one before and it’s delicious.

  • 1 can crushed red tomatoes or fire roasted crushed tomatoes
  • 1 fist of roasted garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper or more or less depending on your taste
  • salt and pepper to taste

blend in a blender or with an emulsion blender or blender to the thickness you like or if you like chunky just give it a quick mix to chop up the garlic and oregano.  Now it’s ready to use on your favorite pizza.

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Shaping or rolling the dough,  shaping pizza dough takes practice and after you stretch a few you will get much more comfortable with it.  That being said if you more comfortable with a rolling-pin than by all means roll it out which ever works for you.

Shape the dough and place on a piece of parchment lined pizza peel or baking sheet sprinkle corn meal pizza.  Brush the crust with the brush and water bath. Now you can sprinkle the salt  spices or cheese on the edge of the crust.  Add the pizza sauce and toppings of you choice and bake for about 10 to 15 minutes or until the crust is nice a brown.

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Enjoy!

This is my wish for you:  smiles when sadness intrudes, comfort on difficult days, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, hugs when spirits sag, sunsets to warm your heart, friendships to brighten your being, beauty for your eyes to see, faith so that you can believe, patience to accept the truth, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, love to complete your life… Anonymous

Lury

 

 

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