Last week, we had the Kilmartin’s over for a Valentine’s Day dinner. Mike asked me to invite them weeks ago as he was planning to order three cakes (a redo of our wedding cakes) and wanted to be sure there were plenty of people here to help us eat them.
I wanted to do a Valentine theme for the kiddos – so I decided to try my hand at heart pizza. I made one big heart and used heart cookie cutters to make smaller individual pizzas for the kiddos. Laura brought heart shaped jigglers and cut strawberries into hearts and I also made peanut butter cookies with Dove heart chocolates on top for our heart- themed meal.
Apparently I was feeling lazy as I didn’t take a picture with my good camera of any of our heart-themed food. However, I did snap this photo of our large heart pizza with my phone. This one is topped with Italian sausage. Yum! The pizza was a hit — I doubled the recipe for the dough and we had just enough for the 10 of us.
- 2¼ cup flour – white/wheat/ or some combo
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 pkg. dry yeast
- ¼ cup + ½ cup warm water
- 1 Tbsp. brown sugar or alternative sweetener
- Combine and mix ½ cup of warm water and sugar. Dissolve yeast in sugar water mix and let stand for a minimum of 5 minutes. Put flour and salt in the food processor and blend in oil, ½ cup of water, and yeast mixture. Process until a sticky ball forms. Transfer dough into a mixing bowl oiled or sprayed with PAM. Cover and let rice until doubled – about 1 to 1 and ½ hours).
- Preheat oven to 500 with pizza stone inside. Roll dough flat on a floured surface until 14 inches in diameter. Place on a pizza palate that is sprinkled with cornmeal and poke holes in crust with fork. Slide the crust into the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes until lightly golden. Remove and add toppings. Reduce oven temperature to 425. Return pizza to the oven and bake until the cheese is melted (5-7 minutes). Enjoy!