Jack and I went to a place in LA that we saw on “The Best Thing I Have Eaten” on Food Network and just loved the cracker type personal pizzas they made. Their specialty it the breakfast pizza. So, this weekend I decided that the kids and I would make pizza for dinner Friday night. So, I used my handy dandy cracker crust recipe and we went to town. I bought the usual toppings but I also decided to mix it up a bit so I bought: baby spinach, pesto, bacon, arugula, roasted red peppers, artichokes, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil. They used all of it! You should have tasted these pizzas. The next time you can’t figure out what to make for dinner…In the am, make the dough and put it in the fridge. Then when you are ready to make pizzas, set the dough out for one hour in a warm spot. The leftover dough I just put in ziplock bags in the fridge for BREAKFAST PIZZAS! See recipe below for the how to on the breakfast pizza. I promise your fam will love. Also a great breakfast to make for a sleepover. You will be all the rage!
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons bread flour
1/2 tsp. dry active yeast
3/4 cup warm water
Breakfast Pizza Toppings:
6 strips bacon
1/2 cups grated mozzarella
6 large eggs
Freshly ground pepper
2 Tablespoons minced flat leaf parsley
2 Tablespoons minced chives
2 green onions, sliced thin
1 shallot, minced
1. The night before, prepare the dough: place ¾ cup lukewarm water in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook. Sprinkle in the yeast, stir and let sit for 5 minutes. Add the flour and 1 teaspoon of salt and mix on low for 1 minute. Increase the speed to medium and mix for 2 minutes, then increase the speed to high and mix until a smooth dough forms, about 2 minutes more. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface, divide into two equal pieces and form each half into a tight ball. Place on a large floured sheet pan, place the pan in a plastic garbage bag, tie the bag loosely and refrigerate overnight.
2. One hour before baking, place the dough in a warm spot. Adjust the oven rack to the lowest position and set a pizza stone on it. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.
3. Fry the bacon in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat until crisp. Cool on a paper-towel-lined plate; roughly chop.
4. Dip your hands and a ball of dough into the flour. On a lightly floured countertop, pat the dough into a disc with your fingertips, then drape the dough over your fists and carefully stretch it from beneath to form a 12-inch circle.
5. Generously dust the surface of a pizza peel or large inverted sheet pan with flour and place the stretched dough on it. Sprinkle the dough with half of the Parmesan, mozzarella and bacon. Crack 3 eggs over the top and season with salt and pepper.
6. Shake the pizza peel slightly to make sure the dough is not sticking. Carefully lift any sections that are sticking and sprinkle a bit more flour underneath, then slide the pizza directly onto the baking stone in one quick forward-and-back motion. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, rotating after 5 minutes. When the crust is golden, the cheese is melted and the egg yolks are cooked, use the peel to transfer the pizza to a cutting board. Sprinkle half of the parsley, chives, scallions and shallot on top. Let cool for 2 minutes, slice and serve immediately. Prepare the second pizza in the same way.
Makes 2 (12-inch) pizzas.
Use the leftover dough to make dessert pizza….use your imagination! Pie filling, cinnamon sugar, cream cheese, nutella or chocolate chips. Post your creations and let me know what you came up with….