It’s the end of the school year. Everyone’s working on term papers and studying for final exams. The atmosphere is tense, as we all sense that vacation is just around the corner, but we just need to get through the last week.
I’m tense because at the end of the school year I’m all out of ideas for dinner. I mean literally all out. I have used up every chicken, meat and pasta dish I can think of weeks ago, and I am so tired of cooking that all I do is bake cookies because everyone seems to like them better than chicken anyway. Cookies are pretty, they can be baked quickly and they freeze well. No one comes home from school and says “Yuck, cookies again?” They will each come home, smile, and say “Something smells good!” and I will say “I baked cookies!” Then they happily take one, or three, and go to do their school work.
Of course, they come back later. Because they are actually hungry and want to eat dinner. Did they think the cookies were a joke? I certainly didn’t. “When did you become the Kosher Cookie Lady? Kosher Dinner Lady implies dinner, not cookies.” Wow, with that kind of attitude, I’ll just order pizza.
Should I actually order pizza? An idea forms in my head, as I realize the pizza store is closed. I really have to make them dinner. Fine, I’ve done it before. It’s not that hard to make dough from scratch, and the ingredients are already in the house. Thankfully I didn’t use them all up making cookies.
This recipe is so easy. It literally takes five minutes to put together, needs no rising time, and everyone gets to customize their own dinner with their own toppings, sauce, vegetables and cheese. So the kid who won’t eat broccoli? No worries! The one who doesn’t like sauce? Cheese only! See, it works! Translation: They will eat it. Putting their own pizzas together will give them a much-needed break from all that studying anyway (if that’s actually what they were doing).
(Can be doubled)
- 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
- 2 1/2 cups bread flour
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
Toppings: marinara sauce, shredded cheese, ricotta cheese, broccoli, mushrooms, onions, peppers, olives.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a medium bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in the warm water. Let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes. Add flour, salt and oil. Beat until smooth. Let rest for five minutes.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat or roll into a round. Transfer crust to a lightly greased pizza pan or stone dusted with cornmeal. Spread with sauce and desired toppings and bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Alternatively, you can fold the dough over and pinch closed like a calzone, or any shape that is exciting to the creator. Cool for five minutes before serving. Have fun and enjoy!
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By Rachel Berger