Maybe it's because I'm working with preschoolers this summer, or maybe it's because I'm back at home living with my mom for the summer, but I'm pretty sure I have reverted back to the status of a 4 year old.
Proof #1: I have nap time again. I haven't napped since I was a preschooler. (That's kind of a lie - I have. Especially my freshman year in college when sleeping at night didn't really happen often). Besides that - preschool it was. Even then, I don't think I actually napped during nap time. The only thing I remember is being yelled at for peeling wallpaper off the wall when everyone else was napping. Maybe this experience ruined "napping" for me. Who knows.
Proof #2: When you ask a 4 year old what their favorite food is, what will they say? Pizza. When you ask me what my favorite food is, what will I say? Pizza. 80% of the time. When it comes to meals and snacks, I don't usually eat a ton - I believe in portion control. But when it comes to pizza I have ZERO control. I will sit down and eat 6 pieces. Its so gross, but sooo good!
So to celebrate my 4-year-old-ness, I have a recipe for pizza dough that literally takes 10-15 minutes to make. It doesn't need to rise.. you just make it, throw on your toppings, and pop in the oven! My sister and her boyfriend told me about it - they found it at this site and I added a few things.
1 package active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp if you use jarred yeast)
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 cup warm water
2 1/2 cups bread flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried basil
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a medium bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
Stir in flour, salt,oil, basil, and oregano. Beat until smooth. Let rest for 5 minutes.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat or roll into a round. Transfer crust to a lightly greased pizza stone dusted with cornmeal. Spread with desired toppings and bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.
I made this two times. This first time I made a margherita pizza. I made homemade marinara sauce - I made up the recipe for the sauce - didn't write it down so I have no clue what I put in it. When I re-create it I'll post it.
And then I made mini-pizzas! Pic before I cooked them for these as well:
(Cell phone pic - really high quality, as usual! hah!)