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
Author: Roseanne Carrara, The Lunchbox Season

Ingredients

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 are up to you! 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

Instructions

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.

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!

Notes

[Use ingredients that do not require thorough cooking or pre-cooked ingredients]

DOUGH
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PIZZAS

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