So, first things first. I got a few questions on my last post about my “good news” that I was planning on sharing. As it turns out, if you are recently married, at a young age, and you just bought a house and you tell people you have good news their minds will automatically jump to you being pregnant. So just so we can get this out of the way, I’m most definitely not pregnant. Sorry, parents!
Alright, on to the main order of business: a recipe! The first one in so long. And it’s darn good. I’ve made a lot of pizza in my day. I mean, a lot. I’ve made all-white crusts, semolina crusts, no-knead crusts, and crusts that require 3 days to make (not joking). I’ve made pizza with red sauce, pizza with white sauce, pizza with cheese and pizza without cheese. The only thing I haven’t done is make pizza with all sorts of different types of meat because… yeah. I don’t go that route.
But this one? Oh, this one. It is my favorite one so far. This recipe is mostly for just the crust, because building a pizza after you’ve got all that sorted out is pretty simple. It goes like this:
How to make a pizza:
- sauce: marinara, pesto, cream, etc.
- tomatoes: sliced big romas or cherries cut in half
- other veggies: max of 2 <– I find this to be the magic number.
- cheese: always on top, preferably a good fresh mozzarella
For this pizza, I chose to use cherry tomatoes, sliced onion, and some pioppino mushrooms that I found at the Farmer’s Market. I paid $5 for this little carton of them, but how could I not? So cute! I love how sweet cherry tomatoes get after a few minutes in the oven, and they really complimented the earthiness of the mushrooms. Noms noms.
I didn’t follow a recipe for the pesto because it was just a simple pesto, but if you want to follow along this is how it went: leaves from a 4-oz box of basil, about 1/3 cup pine nuts, about 1/3 cup grated parmesan, juice from half a lemon, and a couple glugs of olive oil, and a few grinds of salt. Puree!
All of this I placed on top of this wondrous Honey Whole Wheat Pizza Dough. I know making your own dough might seem scary (and my long list of instructions surely doesn’t help), but it’s really not bad. The hardest part is actually turning your balls of dough into a nice round disk, but no one said it had to be perfect. Mine certainly aren’t, and we don’t need to go over how many times I’ve made pizza again. Refresher? A lot.
If this is your first go-round with a few of these things, check out the following videos to help you visualize the process:
- Kneading loose bread dough by hand (I really recommend using your electric mixer if you have one)
- How to make a ball of dough
- How to shape pizza dough
Then after a few minutes in a hot hot oven, your pizza comes out looking like this:
What a beauty! I loved how soft and fluffy the crust was on the inside, but how crispy on the outside. The whole wheat gave the crust a nice earthy flavor, which was sweetened ever so slightly by the honey. It was truly delicious. I really hope some of you give this a go this weekend. It will be so worth it!
Oh yeah, and that good news I had? I’ve quit my job to follow my passions! It’s got a little to do with food blogging, a little to do with web, and a lot to do with the things I love. I’ll also be working from home for 30 hours per week, which is seriously a dream come true. No more sad, lonely puppy. I’ll give more details later, but I couldn’t wait to share the news! (and nope, still not pregnant.)