Thursday, June 12, 2014

Hungry Runner: Mom's Pizza

My parents spent the first 20 years of their marriage perfecting their pizza recipe.  Unbeknownst to us, every Saturday night, they would tuck my sisters and me into bed and then make a pizza to share while watching Saturday Night Live.  Learning of this tradition as an adult, I admired their creativity and ability to work in a date without hiring a sitter.  And I've reaped the benefits of their weekly date night: an amazing pizza crust recipe.

Homemade pizza is a weekly tradition at our house, too.  We usually make it for dinner on Friday night, and I've come to love it as a perfect carb-heavy pre-long run fuel.  Even the pickiest eater in our house enjoys this recipe, helping to ensure its place in our weekly menu rotation.  A dinner without crabbing?  Yes, please.

Mom's Pizza Crust
4 cups flour
1 tbs sugar
1 tsp salt
1 1/3 cups warm water
1 tbs yeast
5 tbs olive oil

  • Combine the flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer.  Once combined, make a well in the middle.
  • Fill a 2-cup measuring cup with 1 1/3 cups of warm (not hot!) water.  Add yeast and olive oil to the water and whisk until combined.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the well of the dry ingredients.  Begin to combine the wet and dry ingredients either with a spoon or with the dough hook of a stand mixer.
  • If mixing by hand, use a spoon until the dough holds together and then knead with your hands for several minutes.  If using a stand mixer, allow it to continue kneading the dough for several minutes after the dough holds together.
  • Place dough in greased bowl and cover with a clean towel.  Allow the dough to rise for 1-2 hours.
A heart-shaped variety, as is often requested by my kids.