11.30.2008

homemade pizza

***2 YEARS LATER UPDATE:*** We actually no longer use the below recipe or method...so much for 'perfected'!   Lately we like this...the dough recipe is very similar to the old one below: 


(Makes 4 10-ounce dough balls)
 
- 5 Cups unbleached bread flour (bread flour! this is important to note)
- 1 Tablespoon honey or sugar
- 2 Teaspoons salt
- 1 Teaspoon instant yeast
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 3/4 Cups plus 1 Tablespoon room-temp water

Mix the ingredients by hand until the flour is incorporated, let the dough rest for a few minutes, then knead the dough 2 or 3 more minutes. Divide the dough into 4 equal-sized balls, & put them in large zip-lock bags with some olive oil. Let sit at room-temperature for 15 minutes, then refrigerate overnight. The next day, let the dough come to room temperature-- about one or two hours beforehand take out the dough, punch down, and let rest on a baking sheet covered with a towel.

Preheat pizza stone to 500 degrees, then dust with corn meal. Stretch & roll out the dough until very thin, about 12 inches across. Add a little bit of sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, and any other toppings you want. Bake on stone for 10-12 minutes. (Add fresh basil for a delicious finishing touch)


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i'm gonna share me and aaron's perfected and quality-tested pizza dough recipe. The result may look something like this:


[his & hers]

This is what you need:
  • yeast, 1 tbsp (i like quick-rise)
  • warm water, 1 cup (not hot, but slightly warmer than lukewarm)
  • pinch of sugar
  • bread flour (~2 cups)
  • white flour (~1 cup
  • olive oil (extra virgin, 2 tbsp + a little more)
  • honey (about 1 tbsp)
  • salt (1/2 tsp or so)
  • corn meal
  • toppings
This is the long, tedious process:
  • Put 1 cup of warm H2O in a small bowl, add 1 tbsp yeast & a pinch of sugar, & let this sit for about 5 minutes.
  • Mix together the flours, oil, honey, and salt- then add the yeast/H2O mixture-- stir, mostly just use your hands. Knead for a couple minutes. Should form a lovely, soft, doughy ball.
  • Rub olive oil over the inside of the bowl, and put the ball of dough back in. Cover with a towel.
  • Turn on the oven to about 100 degrees for a minute. Then, turn the heat off and open the door....stick that bowl of dough inside. (dough likes to rise in warm spaces)
  • Let dough rise for about 30 minutes, then punch it down and let it rise some more (another 15-30 minutes)
  • Take it out and divide it in half (makes two pizzas)
  • Oh i almost forgot! Now's the time to pre-heat the oven: 425*F (or hotter, the hotter the better)
  • Pizza stones are the way to go...put it in the oven as it pre-heats to get it really hot
  • Flour the kitchen counter...
  • and form a pizza shape out of one of the halves...flatten it with your hand from the middle outward- use a rolling pin or a drinking glass to get it verrry thin.
  • spread some olive oil around the crust...


    [looks like this by now]
  • sprinkle corn meal on the pre-heated pizza stone (be careful, it's bloody hot by now)
  • Add sauce (preferable homemade but i have yet to do so), and fresh mozzarella
  • now add the rest of the toppings- fresh herbs, veggies, what have you & bake for about 5-10  minutes...you should probably baby-sit that thing to have it cooked to your preference
  • Take it out & make the crust irresistible- butter it up, add garlic powder, parmesan...
  • oh my! heaven in a kitchen!

Aaron's: sauce, fresh mozzarella, onion, green pepper, roma tomato, pepperoni


Mine: sauce, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, fresh basil, parsley

buon appetito!

11.29.2008

just wanted to say...

that i am sucking at being enrolled in 18 credits
and being engaged at the same time...
i apparently have a one-track mind.
c'est la vie, you know what they say:
C's B's get degrees!

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Oh and apparently--
dating = 3 credits
in a relationship = 6 credits
engaged = 9 credits
married = 3 credits
single = ??? (depends on how wild you are i guess)

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One more thing:
the BYU GPA calculator is way too much fun to play with...and so very dangerous. I just calculated that I can get all B-'s [minuses!] and one C and still hover somewhere around a 3.45 GPA overall. Worst-case scenario.
Meanwhile, getting straight B+'s in all my classes would only bring my GPA to a 3.51...
Hmm...kind of makes me feel less stressed about the mountain of assignments and projects and presentations and final exams due in the next two weeks.

11.19.2008

Things I look Forward To

[about being married]
[in one month!]
  • no more midnight drop-offs in the freezing car
  • moving in to the lovely condo
  • no more washing my dishes in the bathroom sink because the kitchen sink is overflowing
  • falling asleep with a warm bod in my bed
  • infinitely more fridge space
  • keeping the thermostat cool at night
  • cooking healthy together
  • taking charge of my fertility!
  • having a man in the house to do...manly things
  • being the lady of the house
  • gaining a whole new additional familia
  • putting a ring on his finger
  • always having a parking spot
  • no more bishop morality chats
  • midnight Smith's runs to bake cookies [well...we already do this]
  • giving 100%
  • hyphenating my name
  • working to meet our goals
  • not having a couple's blog...i am me, he is he
  • loving
  • traveling
  • learning
  • & more
wahoo!