Family Advent Calendar, Day 13: Watch Topper & His Girl Friday and Make Thin Crust Pizza!

2013 Day 13

Pizza and Cary Grant!!  Pizza and Cary Grant!!
The Advent Film Festival “Classic Comedies with the Holiday Spirit” Continues!
Tonight, we’ll watch a Cary Grant double feature: Topper and His Girl Friday.
Topper and His Girl Friday

And we’ll make pizzas from a recipe we posted during advent last year: Quick & Easy Thin Crust Pizzas.  You’ll find a reprint below!

quick and easy individual thin crust pizzas

Quick & Easy Individual Thin Crust Pizzas

adapted from thekitchn makes 4 5.5-in pizzas
Author: Roseanne Carrara, The Lunchbox Season


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


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!


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

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