Where did the past three weeks go? I cannot believe that we are already well into April. Where have we been while those weeks flew by? Like time, we have been flying from day to day and place to place. Our weekdays have been full of class, paper-writing, presentations, a new babysitting job, and a school culture night (we represented the South again this year; this time with all desserts and a pitcher of sweet tea!). Our weekends have been full of studying (of course), but also baby showers, art shows, flower arranging, church anniversaries, dinners with friends, dates-nights, and the occasional crash-and-do-nothing weekend. Our weather has been full of sporadic changes; with snow, rain, and 70 degree days all within the span of a few short days. And our kitchen has been full of good food, but we have rarely slowed down enough to photograph any of it! For that I am sorry, because we have truly enjoyed some treats.
Desserts from Culture Night (Pecan Pie, Praline Cake, Coconut Cream Pie, and Cream Cheese Pound Cake)
The Amazing Flower-Arranging Team (Flowers in celebration of our Church's 4th Anniversary Celebration)
The Pretty Mom-to-Be
That's an overview of our past few weeks. But there's something else I have been keeping from you; something we have enjoyed for a few months, actually. This semester, we have started a tradition of Sunday night pizza. That means we've made over half a dozen pizzas, and not one of them has made it on the blog! In fact, not one has been photographed, and it's not that we have not enjoyed them.
The process of pizza making has become almost a science in our kitchen. Every other week I have made a batch of my favorite pizza dough (which has been slightly updated). Once it rises, the dough is split, and half is wrapped up and frozen for the next week. I lay a piece of parchment over my pizza peel and sprinkle it with cornmeal, then press the prepared dough out with floured hands. I "dress" the pizza with our desired toppings and then use the peel to transfer the pizza (and parchment) to a hot pizza stone in the oven. After 10-12 minutes in the hot oven, we'll be having yet another conversation about how good this pizza is, and we'll discuss how this one might be our favorite, or tied with the Thai Chicken Pizza...or the Gorgonzola Mushroom Pizza...or the Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza...and we go on and on. Again, I am sorry that I have not shared these with you.
This week's option was a Breakfast Pizza, complete with ricotta, snipped basil, spinach, slightly runny eggs and a drizzle of truffle oil. And while this pizza combination is completely delicious, I don't want to neglect the crust itself. It has evolved ever-so-slightly over the past year or two, and I think this is where it will stay. I prefer to use half of the dough to make a thin 12-inch crust, but you could certainly make it smaller for a thicker crust.
Molasses Wheat Pizza Crust