Most of us only know of pizza parties from the 1987 Parker Brothers game Pizza Party or the That’s So Raven episode “My Big Fat Pizza Party.” But now you don’t have to experience pizza parties vicariously through memory games or television! You can have your own! Brooklyn Supper is here to show you how.
Pizza can seem pretty daunting to make on your own, and it can be tough the first time you make it, but it really is something that gets much easier with practice. And once you’ve got the dough made and rolled out, helping with the toppings is something that kids really enjoy and since they helped make it themselves, they might even be willing to try eating it with the toppings you like instead of boring old pepperoni. We made this one with roasted peppers, onions, and fresh mozzarella but I don’t think I need to tell you that you can put whatever toppings you like on yours.
Homemade Pizza (adapted from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison)
for the pizza dough
3 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1 1/2 cups warm, not hot, water
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
for the toppings
1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
1 lb. fresh mozzarella, sliced thin
1 small red onion, sliced thin
1 red bell pepper, roasted and sliced thin
Proof the yeast by pouring 1/2 cup of the water into a bowl. Sprinkle in the yeast, give the bowl a gentle swirl, and set aside for 10 minutes. In the bowl of your stand mixer, or another large bowl, combine the yeast mixture, the rest of the water, olive oil and salt. Using the paddle attachment with mixer on low, gradually add in the flours until the dough is cohesive but sticky. Switch to the dough hook attachment and knead the bread on low for 5 minutes, until the dough looks smooth and consistent. The dough will be sticky and wet–if you need to add a bit more flour, go ahead.You can also mix the flour with a spoon and then knead on a lightly floured surface by hand.
Pick the dough up, oil the bowl, put the dough back, and make sure the dough is coated with oil all the way around. Cover the bowl and set in a warm, still place while the dough rises for an hour.
Next, separate the dough into 3 mounds. Knead lightly, using more flour if needed, and set the mounds on a lightly floured surface. Cover the mounds with a towel and let them rise for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. If you have a pizza stone, preheat that too. Prepare your toppings. Make sure you have everything you’ll need prepared.
Either on a lightly floured pizza peel or a baking pan, shape your pizza crust. It should be about 1/4″ thick with slightly thicker edges. If the dough gives you trouble, simply knead, form into a small disc and let the dough rest. When the dough is ready, brush the crust with olive oil, sprinkle on a little salt, spread the sauce lightly, add the onions, peppers, thyme and cheese. Bake on the top rack of the oven for 8-10 minutes.
Repeat process for each pizza. Slice and serve immediately.