Eat Drink & Be Mary: Easy, Homemade Pizza

6.07.2016

Easy, Homemade Pizza

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Today we're talking about something that has never been talked about on this blog today. Yep, we're talking about the dreaded visit from Aunt Flow. 

You know, when it's that time of the month. Something that no one really wants to talk about, but we all have to deal with.  Insert eye roll emoji here.


If you're anything like me you're an emotional eater, and when dearest Aunt Flow visits it only gets worse. nothing fills the hungry void in my stomach; I am C O N S T A N T L Y hungry. 

Well, today I'm sharing a favorite recipe when there is a war going on in my ovaries (now there's a sentence I never thought would be put together). Homemade Pizza.




cheesy garlic rolls recipe

Ingredients:
3 3/4 cups of flour
1 1/4 tsp sugar
2 tsp salt
1 packet of active dry yeast (I use rapid rising)
1 1/2 cup of warm water (about 110 degrees)
2 tbsp of olive oil (plus a little more later on)
Can of Pizza Sauce
2 cups of mozzarella cheese and pizza cheese, shredded and in the freezer



Instructions:
preheat the oven to 450

1. Mix together the flour, sugar, salt and yeast in a mixing bowl (I prefer to use my kitchen aid mixer with the dough hook).
2. Add the warm water, and continue to mix until combined thoroughly.
3.  Add in olive oil.
4. Continue mixing (adding flour as needed) until dough forms a ball.  If the mixture is still sticky continue adding flour, a little at a time, until it bounces back after you poke it.
5. Line a large bowl with the extra olive oil (about 2 tbsp) generously.  Place the dough in the bowl, cover with plastic wrap or a bread towel and place in a warm spot.
6.  Let the dough rise until it doubles in size (about 1 hour-1.5 hours).
7. Once the dough has risen, separate it into halves.  *making sure that the surface you put the dough on is floured so it won't stick*
8. Take one half, ball it up, wrap it in plastic wrap and put it in the freezer.  
9.  The second half needs to be rolled out (about 1/4 of an inch, but let's be honest I'm never that specific), and placed onto a baking sheet.  
10.  Add the pizza sauce and cheese.  I like to add A LOT of cheese and use two different kinds.  This is where you get to be creative and add any toppings you like.
11.  Once your pizza is assembled place it in the oven at 450 F (the key to a crispy pizza crust is a hot, hot oven) and bake for 10-12 minutes.



I'll be honest the homemade part of the pizza starts and ends with the dough.  But really, it all tastes so amazing together.  After working on the dough (which is pretty darn easy if you ask me), I use store bought pizza sauce and shred cheese and call it a day.  

Make sure the cheese is shredded and put in the freezer at least 20 minutes before you add it to the pizza to be put in the oven.  This helps the cheese not to burn and melt nicely (not too quickly) while the crust cooks.



Funny story -- I have made this pizza so many times it is becoming second nature.  And it always impresses people when I tell them I made the crust from scratch.  

However, the last time I made this pizza (as you may have seen on snapchat: mary_timmerman) I accidentally used several cups of powdered sugar instead of flour.  Needless to say I ended up with quite the sweet pizza dough...and my sweet husband still ate it.  *insert the heart eye emoji here*  Lord have mercy, on my soul and my sweet hubby.




Now about that-time-of-the-month...it can be a drag each month to go through all the symptoms that each month.  But one thing you can get excited about (besides being able to indulge in my homemade pizza recipe) is getting to pick from the 4 unique designs of U by Kotex® products at Walmart.  

I'm not gonna lie, it was a little exciting and probably took me too long to decide between the different designs of Style N' Store products.  Now that I'm married it's nice that they offer "disguised" and cute products that my husband won't mind seeing in the cabinet every month.  Never underestimate the power of a cute packing y'all.

When preparing for my time of the month, I went dropped by Walmart to pick up the ingredients for my pizza, and while I was there I went ahead a picked up the U by Kotex® Cleanwear® Ultra Thin Pads and U by Kotex® Barely There Liners.  I know I don't really need to get into the nitty gritty here, but I do want to say that anything to help in the comfort department is pretty much my best friend this week.  You know what I'm saying?



What is your go-to comfort food?  Have you ever made pizza from scratch?  Or had a big mix up in the kitchen?  What Matters to U when Aunt Flow comes knockin'?







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