Saturday, January 1, 2011

In the Kitchen

I was excited to cook supper tonight for 2 reasons. One, I was making a dish that everyone likes. No small task, in my opinion! Second, I got to use my Christmas gift for the first time. My new (and only) apron! Isn't it pretty? I've always wanted one, for I am a messy cook, especially when I make bread.

Speaking of bread, someone asked about my pizza crust the other day. Now seems like a good time to share!

I got the recipe from my Betty Crocker Cookbook that was a wedding present from my mom. It has been my go-to cookbook for all the basics in the kitchen. I have tweaked it only slightly over the years.

Pizza Crust Recipe
makes 2 crusts
1 cup warm water
2 1/4 tsp. yeast
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 1/2 cups flour (you might use more)
Combine the water and yeast. Add sugar, salt, and oil. Stir in one cup of the flour. Add remaining flour and knead until dough is smooth. Let it rest for at least 10-15 minutes. (I use this time to gather and chop the toppings.) Divide dough in half and press into two pizza pans. ( I have baking stones, but regular pans work fine too.) I preheat the oven to 475 and pre-bake the crusts for about 6 minutes. Then I add the sauce and toppings and bake about 10-12 minutes more, or until the cheese looks good and bubbly.


  1. Cute apron!! I love it! I love making pizza and bread from scratch. I barely use a recipe anymore, but I just recently started baking the crust before topping it, because we like crispy thin crust pizza.

  2. Thanks a bunch, Jenny! My family loves pizza - I'm looking forward to giving this crust recipe a whirl!