I just bought my 25 lb. bag of flour from Sam’s Club this weekend, so I am putting it to use. I am making several batches of homemade pizza dough in my bread maker, and will freeze it for later use. I love trying to get ahead with meals, and often my daughter jumps in and helps with the cooking. Teaching life skills is a must! These days, my two older kids are doing lots of cooing! 🙂
How convenient to have pizza dough in the freezer! I freeze it in large freezer bags, making sure to add a little extra olive oil to each bag. It makes it much easier to roll later on.
When you are ready to defrost it, take it out of the freezer and it will be ready in just a few hours. To speed it up,you can soak the bag in a bowl of warm water.
1 1/3 cups water
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tsp. salt
4 cups bread flour
2 1/4 tsp. yeast
Place ingredients in this order into bread maker. Set to dough cycle.
This recipe makes 2 round pizzas, or I use cookie sheets to make rectangular shaped pizza. Add toppings as desired and bake in a very hot oven (about 450′) until cheese is bubbly.
Besides pizza, there are so many things you can do with pizza dough. The possibilities are endless! It can be used for appetizers, main meals, and even desserts.
Here are some great ideas for homemade pizza dough:
Pretzels– This is especially fun as a teaching tool. Let your preschooler shape the dough into letters and make words, etc. Coat each pretzel with an egg wash and coarse salt. Place on a baking sheet and bake until golden.
Variation- Coat with cinnamon, sugar, and butter for a sweet treat!
Pizzas- Roll out thin for a crispy thin crust, or keep it thick for a more traditional style.
toppings- Be creative- use roasted veggies, meats, mexican style, bbq, even salad pizza! So many options!
Also, divide dough into smaller portions to make personal pizzas. Kids love to make their own!
Summer time- Pizza on the grill is a MUST. So delicious!
Appetizers– Again, be creative with toppings-spinach and artichokes, pepperoni, pesto, fancy cheeses, ricotta, etc. and then cut into small squares for appetizer bites.
Calzones– Cut pizza dough into triangles and spread fillings onto each one-cheeses, meats, veggies-wrap it up into a bundle and bake.
Focaccia bread/breadsticks/rolls- Add herbs before baking and experiment with different flavors. Shape into rolls, breadsticks, or loaf for focaccia. Top with parmesan cheese for a crispy topping.
Desserts– Coat in sugar and cinnamon and fry up dough balls. Serve with a cream cheese dip.
Or bake dough and top with fruits and jams for a sweet treat-a great brunch idea.
Having pizza dough on hand in the freezer is a huge time saver. So go ahead and make some, stock up, and get creative.