A day late from my usual routine, but it's all good! Today I made my first pizza! This was yet another Food Heaven Made Easy recipe, one they call "Roasted Tomato Thin Crusted Pizza" and includes crust made from scratch.
For the crust, mix whole wheat flower, salt, and active dry yeast in a bowl. Add vegetable oil (I used canola), hot water, and honey. Once the mixture starts consolidating, use your hands to shape it into a ball, working it for about 5 minutes. Then cover the top of the bowl with three
wet paper towels, cover the whole thing with a plastic bag, and let it sit for at least 1.5 hours (I let it set for 2.5).
Just about when it was time to uncover the dough, I sauteed 2 cups of kale with some garlic in one pan. I fried some bacon in the other, 'cause, you know, Ma just loves her meats. Then I poured out a light layer of flour on the counter and rolled the dough out with my hands. We just so happen to have a pizza pan, so I put the dough on that and shaped it to fit. Then I layered on some tomato sauce, followed by the kale with garlic, followed by about 8 sliced grape tomatoes, followed by mozzarella cheese, and last but not least, Ma's precious bacon on her half. Put the pizza in oven, bake for 12 minutes, and done.
Overall, this pizza looks and tastes great! The recipe is supposed to be thin crust, and while my pizza itself is thin crust, the outer crust is not. It's soft and doughy.... and it's just aight. The taste, texture, and consistency are more akin to a thick piece of wheat bread than pizza crust. (Plus it's whole wheat and not full of all that salt and butter lovin' that restaurant pizzas have to offer.) Maybe if I'd used a baking sheet instead of a pizza pan so I could spread the dough out more, the crust would've turned out thinner around its edges. Eh well. Note for the next time. But again, I'm incredibly proud of this pizza! Glad that this first time turned out to be a charm.
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