Wednesday, May 27, 2009

it's not delivery...

I have been having a recent love affair with homemade pizza. I find that making a small pizza (dough and all) from scratch only takes about ten minutes. With fresh mozzarella, sliced tomatoes, savory sauce, garden herbs and a pre-heated oven you've got yourself fast [farm fresh] food. The dough is incredibly easy and with fresh rosemary and basil in the garden...the final product is amazing. I like baking mine in a cast iron skillet, and here's how:

Makin' Dough
1 cup warm water
1 package yeast
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 1/2 cups flour

Take one cup of warm water (leaning towards hot) and pour it into a bowl, add all the contents of a yeast package inside. Mix and let stand for 5 minutes (add a tsp of honey if you want). Once the yeast has set, add your salt and veggie oil and then add cup of flour at a time as you mix it in.

Next, knead into a dough and then set it aside for a few minutes while you slice up your cheese and tomatoes. To finish it off, take your dough and make it into a circular crust shape that fits the bottom of your skillet (or your cookie sheet, pizza stone, or right on the grill). Add your toppings annd bake at 400 until crust slightly browns and the cheese melts. When I pull mine out of the oven--I set some fresh basil leaves on top. Enjoy!


Blogger Jamie said...

How timely of a post! We are making homemade sourdough pizza for dinner tonight! I like the cast iron skillet idea... may have to try it!

May 27, 2009 at 8:40 PM  
Blogger Candace Trew Camling said...

that looks incredibly delicious!! Have been enjoying your blog since I listened to the Craftsanity podcast. Love what you are doing with your life! I am about the same age, and while I do not have a farm, I have been transitioning into local foods, trying to make a lot of things for myself and just living a simpler life! Thanks for all the inspiration!

will definitely try to make a pizza with your tips here!

May 27, 2009 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

Mmmmm....looks tasty. We do pizza on the time it rains out our pizza plans I'll try it in my cast iron skillet. Thanks for the idea.

May 27, 2009 at 8:43 PM  
Anonymous Georgia said...

My husband worked in a pizza shop in high school so we do homemade pizza quite a bit- we love it!

May 27, 2009 at 8:50 PM  
Anonymous Juliette said...

Wow, your pizza looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

May 27, 2009 at 9:39 PM  
Anonymous tammy said...

How funny - I made scratch pizza for dinner last night - homemade sauce from the tomatoes in the freezer and morel mushrooms foraged this spring and thrown in the dehydrator
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for writing this blog. I too rent and dream of having a little farm. But until then I make country wines, can and dehydrate the food from my garden and have just gotten my first two hives of bees. Your blog makes me feel like I'm not the only woman out there that dreams about this type of life, and it has also shown me the importance of acknowledging the small changes that make this dream a reality. So, this year I will be labeling my honey, wine, jams and sauces with "my" new name - Cottontail Farm.

May 27, 2009 at 9:46 PM  
Blogger Turtle said...

looks good! i almost made bread this morning but then, lol, i would have eaten it! (my weakness, fresh bread and butter!)

May 27, 2009 at 10:02 PM  
Blogger Sarah Lee said...

That looks like some winning pizza. Homemade beats take out any day. The cast iron skillet is an awesome idea too!

May 27, 2009 at 10:30 PM  
Anonymous Carrie said...

We make homemade pizza around our house pretty regularly. When my dad had started to show me how to cook in a dutch oven(outside, in hardwood coals) we started to do pizza. Unfortunately here in Wisconsin, that only works through the summer months when its nice enough out to be out by the campfire. Until recently in a comment section in MEN, some one had suggested cooking them in a cast iron skillet in the oven. BRILLANT IDEA. Has the same great taste as if you cooked it in the campfire, maybe not quite as flavorful as in a dutch oven, but close enough for me. I highly recommend it all to you folks too. Also, I'd like to throw out there that I've decided to name my little endeavor here, Thistle Bird Farm. It came very natural to me so I can't ignore it. Jenna, every day this blog and your farm get a little bit better! Thanks for sharing it.

May 28, 2009 at 12:13 AM  
Anonymous Annie said...

We got a pizza stone about 9 months ago and haven't looked back since. Takeout pizza is nowhere near as good as I can make at home. Which is lucky, since takeout pizza is nowhere near us out here in the boonies. :)

I have the best recipe for bread, too - MEN ran it a couple of months ago, from the book Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. Haven't bought bread in months.

Thanks for sharing your recipe. I'm surprised you don't rise the dough. I'm going to have to try that next time.

May 28, 2009 at 12:18 AM  
Anonymous cypress said...

Oh YUM! I am so grateful for the dough recipe. If I make pizza at home I usually start with a "crust substitute", like pita bread or foccacia or split baguettes, so its not REALLY pizza at all. Your recipe looks so do-able, I think I can handle it! Do you have any problems with sticking in the cast iron?

May 28, 2009 at 12:51 AM  
Blogger MrsL said...

Much better than anything you can buy! I bake my bases straight on the stove, then tomatoes, basil and mozzarella. Can't be beaten. Next step is making the mozzarella.Great in summer, when you can go out and pick your own and have it on your pizza within five minutes.
That's what it's all about. :)

Nice blog, by the way.



May 28, 2009 at 3:25 AM  
Blogger Peacemom said...

Hey Jenna,
My 6 year old came in while I was reading your blog. Now, he's seen me reading it many times and wants to know everything about your farm. So, he looked at the pizza picture and said "Boy, Jenna sure makes a good pizza, I want to drive over to Vermont and have some!" Kinda funny, thought you'd enjoy your youngest fan. ~Vonnie

May 28, 2009 at 7:48 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Holy mother of Zog, that looks good! It's 8am and my tummy is growling for iron skillet pizza, dangit!

I had pizza done on the grill for the first time this past weekend, and I think we may be replacing the past-repair-broken grill sooner rather than later.

May 28, 2009 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger Little Ant said...

I think I will try this recipe tonight. I haven't done homemade pizza in a while and this dough recipe looks to be a good one. Thanks for sharing.

May 28, 2009 at 9:26 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Pizzia looks great! I regularly make homemade pizza for my husband and I. It's a really nice treat!

May 28, 2009 at 11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm grateful you posted this, and would appreciate any other simple vegetarian recipes you might think to post. My two daughters, 13 and 18, went vegetarian a few months ago, and are very dedicated to it. It does, however, conflict with my husband and two sons eating habits. I can go either way, and lean toward not a lot of meat, but I will NOT cook totally separate meals. So anything like this, that can be made with vegetables OR with pepperoni, is a godsend. I don't know why I didn't think of it. It looks good and I think I'll try it out for dinner tonight.

May 28, 2009 at 2:00 PM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Interesting! I've never made pizza without letting the dough rise...will have to try it, it certainly would be quicker!

May 28, 2009 at 3:08 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

This is a great idea. We use whole wheat flour, freshly ground, in our crust. But I usually mix and let rise...takes a while.
I'm going to try your recipe and sub. with whole wheat flour.
My little guy can't eat tomatoes, and my daugther is dairy intollerant, so homemade is the only way for us.
I use squash or sweet potato puree, or white cheese sauce of sorts for his sauce, and scant cheese for her.
Also, someone mentioned hunting morel mushrooms...want to learn more....

May 28, 2009 at 5:07 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I had a recipe for dough that doesn't take yeast... just an easy dough mix. It doesn't rise as high, so it's better if you like a thinner crust. Let me know if you'd like to try that and I'll dig it out. I'm sure I've got that book somewhere!

May 28, 2009 at 7:10 PM  
Blogger Amanda Stanoszek said...

This looks delicious!! What a timely post - I have found myself without much time to cook lately so a quick dinner fix sounds pretty darned good.

May 28, 2009 at 7:41 PM  
Blogger Mama Nut said...

Wow, I just loved reading through your posts. Sounds like you have so much fun!

This pizza looks YUMMY. I love the idea of cooking it in a cast iron skillet!

May 28, 2009 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger weakyknee said...

This recipe is so much easier than the one I usually make! I made it for dinner and it was yummy too. Thanks!

May 28, 2009 at 11:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I use to make pizza years when the kids were home - had to let the dough rise twice. Will have to give your recipe a try.

May 29, 2009 at 12:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh oh oh! this looks great, i have been looking for a cast iron skillet recipe. i had only heard about them .. thanks!

May 30, 2009 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger Tammi G. said...

We do pizza a few times per month. A tip for anyone who is getting into making any kind of dough. Do yourself a favor and buy a pound of yeast at a time. It keeps well in the fridge and is much much cheaper than buying individual packets or the smaller jars. I buy mine at a natural food store or online at king arthur flour. Happy baking!

June 6, 2009 at 12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tried out this recipe and it turned out wonderfully! Great idea, thanks for sharing it. It was delicious :]

July 24, 2009 at 6:01 PM  

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