Yesterday Papa Murphy had a deal for a free pepperoni or cheese pizza with purchase of a qualifying large or family sized pizza. Basically two larges for $26-ish. Kathleen forwarded me the email containing the deal early in the morning while I was doing Korean class. By afternoon we still had not figured out what we were going to do for supper, but we both decided we were not hungry enough to warrant two large pizzas. So I looked around the refrigerator, and scanned the kitchen and pulled out some ingredients, and my new cast-iron pizza pan I got for Father’s day, but haven’t used yet.
We were going to make “Watcha Got Pizza.”
These days we can’t pull out a pan in the kitchen without Ellie coming running from wherever she is in the house yelling, “Cooking? Cooking? Help! Help!” Perhaps because of that, Evie has started to ask to help to and actually get excited about cooking.
We started with the dough, as always. This time I wanted to try something new, and a little sweeter than a typical pizza dough.
- 1 1/4 cups white all purpose flour
- 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 TBS yeast
Evie mixed the molasses in the boiling water until it was all dissolved, and then I added the milk. I added the yeast while Evie stirred it very gently to soften it, and then we set it aside to activate. Ellie dumped the cups of flour into the mixing bowl as I measured them, and then we added the activated yeast and mixed with a spatula until it was read to knead. At this point Evie took over the dough, carefully kneading and folding it, while Ellie greased the pizza pan…
And we set the dough aside to rise on the pan, and prepped the toppings.
- Olive oil
- One large apple, diced.
- Two aidel’s sausages, (bacon, mushroom, swiss flavor) diced
- 1/2 leftover onion, diced
- 2 TBS brown sugar
- sliced havarti
- shredded mozzarella
Evie and Ellie provided quality control on the ingredients as I diced them (Evie convinced her little sister to try a large bite of onion, as a true older sibling should). Then they helped me put the onions in the Oklahoma skillet which I had preheated and oiled with the olive oil.
I sautéed the onions for about five minutes, maybe more. I was going for a slightly sweeter pallet so I wanted them well caramelized. I then threw in the brown sugar and apple, and continued to sauté until the apple started to get just a little soft around the edges (don’t want it too soft or it will turn to applesauce when the pizza bakes).
It was at this point that I saw that Ellie had traded her roller for her fists…
But I was busy adding ingredients so I just said, “Gentle touch, Ellie,” and kept sautéing.
A quick turn to brown the sausage and the topping was ready.
And Ellie had torn four large gaps in our dough. Evie was devastated, but we were able to patch it back together tolerably well.
Then we preheated the oven to 425 while waiting for Mommy to get home. We baked the pizza without the cheese for 7:30, and then topped with Havarti…
And filled in the gaps with mozzarella.
And another 7:30 minutes, and we were done.