Friday nights at our house are Pizza night, not your normal take out pizza , we have a gourmet, make your own pizza party night almost every Friday.
It all started a few years ago when Kent discovered a gourmet pizza dough recipe in Vines, a food and wine magazine that we subscribe to. The recipe was unique in that it called for white wine instead of water, well a Family Tradition started and has continued, such a great tradition that the boys continued it when they went back to Thunder Bay. The crust is delicious and we then create a smorgasbord of ingredients for everyone’s unique taste. We also ensure we check with company to see what their preferred ingredients maybe.
Fridays nights are spent in the kitchen, sampling wine and various cheeses and meats while the dough rises. ( and every other week I peruse the Vintages Magazine to see what we might want to pick up.
1 Tbsp active dry yeast
1 Tbsp honey ( sometimes we use garlic honey)
1 Tbsp salt ( we use sea salt always)
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 Cups all purpose Flour (sometimes we use whole wheat)
1/2 cup white wine ( anything that is opened)
1/2 cup warm water
sometimes we add Italian spices and/or cayenne pepper to the dough
This makes two 12 inch pizza crusts.
Mix yeast, water, wine and honey in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and leave for five minutes.
when you return after five minutes and remove the plastic the mixture should be a beige slightly bubbly goppy mixture with a delicious yeast smell.
Add salt, olive oil, flour and any other seasoning you may like. ( we mix by hand and when I say we I mean Kent and/or Ryan if he is in town, but you can use a dough hook).
Once it has been thoroughly mixed it should have a springy texture.
Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot for 50 minutes.
( the dryer if you are doing laundry or a sink half filled with warm water & cover with
a hand towel or two.)
While the dough is rising, get the ingredients together.
After 50 minutes the dough will have increased in size by half, at this point you can begin preparing the pizzas.
Preheat oven to 475
Sprinkle some flour on your counter and turn bowl upside down so dough falls on the counter, knead slightly and form into a ball, divide into two. ( if you are using a pizza stone heat it up slightly)
Place dough on pan and roll out the dough.
-place pan with dough in preheated oven for one minute, remove and add your ingredients
dress your pizza, personally i switch between traditional ham and pineapple, to sometimes burger and goat cheese, today I wnt with Chicken, Pineapple and goat cheese
We usually use our homemade spaghetti sauce as the base.
little fresh basil
bake at 475 for 7-10 minutes ideally on the middle rack
remove and serve hot.
Pair with a nice zinfandel, or a wine of your choice
Is your mouth watering yet??? Its a great way to spend a Friday night Folks, I highly recommend this.