Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 19, Pre-Christmas Concert Pizza Party with Quick & Easy Individual Thin Crust Pizzas


Today, we’re making our quick and easy thin-crust pizzas for a little supper before the kids’ Christmas Concert at school.

Quick & Easy Individual Thin Crust Pizzas
adapted from thekitchn
makes 4 5.5-in pizzas

For the Crust
.75 c warm water
1 tsp yeast
2 c flour
.5 tsp salt
olive oil for drizzling
parchment paper
pizza stone

Toppings
this is really up to you…but we use
Olive oil
Canned garlic pizza sauce [shhh…don’t tell]
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Turkey Pepperoni
[Hot] Calabrese Salami
Cambazola Cheese
Capers
Fresh Basil
[Use ingredients that do not require thorough cooking or pre-cooked ingredients]

Dough Method
[Warning! This gets a little sticky!]
Place your pizza stone inside of the oven.
Heat the oven to 500F.
Cut and lay out four 7-8 in square pieces of parchment paper on a flat surface.
Blend the water and the yeast in a large glass bowl.
Add the flour and the salt to the bowl and stir quickly to incorporate.
Quickly knead the dough into a shreddy looking moist ball. [60 seconds should be more than adequate.]
Divide the ball into 4 smaller balls.
Using your lower palm [the heel] spread each ball of dough out into a disc- or kidney-like shape on a piece of parchment.
The dough WILL stick to the parchment.

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Baking Method 1: The “Sauceless” pizza [the kids’ fave]

Gently brush your dough shape with olive oil.
Place the dough-on-parchment on the pizza stone and bake for 3 minutes.
Remove the pizza dough [still on parchment] and top with meat, veg, cheese and the like.
Replace the pizza [still on parchment] back onto the pizza stone and bake for 2 more minutes.
Remove the parchment from beneath the pizza and bake for a final 2 minutes.
Cool on the counter for a moment.
If so desired, add a bit more cheese to the top of the pizza to cover over any brown or well-done bits [the kids are picky!]

Baking Method 2: Pizzas with Sauce
Spoon sauce onto the dough to your liking.
Add meats.
Add grated mozzarella cheese.
Add other cheeses, capers, garlic, basil and finer toppings.
Drizzle with a bit of olive oil if you’d like.
Place the dough-on-parchment onto the pizza stone and bake for 5 minutes.
Remove the parchment from beneath the pizza and bake for a final 2 minutes.
Drizzle with additional olive oil if so desired.
Cool slightly before diving in!

Enjoy!
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