The breadmaker is one of those great inventions that never grows old. One day while in a book store I stumbled across a bread machine book called “Canada’s Best Bread Machine Baking Recipes” and was amazed at all the things you could make in a bread maker. Since the price was right ($3) I decided it was a want.
We tried this pizza dough recipe, were hooked and have been making it for several years. You should allow for about 2.5 hours from when the ingredients go into the bread maker until you are ready to assemble pizzas. Once the dough comes out of the bread machine it needs a little time to sit. Then we roll out the dough into a pizza and prebake it (pizza stone) for 8-10 minutes. While the pizza is prebaking let the kids help cut up the fixins. Give them a cutting board, kid safe knife (we use choppers), bowls, the fixins and away they go. You can even let them roll their own dough if they are older and willing.
The real work is in preparing all the fixins. We place them in bowls, put them on the table and since we all have unique tastes, everyone gets to make their own pizza.
We always double the recipe for 4 (2 bigger for adults, 2 smaller for kids) but you could easily stretch this into 5 medium sized pizzas.
Adapted from Canada’s Best Bread Machine Baking Recipes
Herb Pizza Crust
1 cup water
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
2 3/4 cups all purpose flour or bread flour
1 1/2 tsp dried basil
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 1/2 tsp bread machine yeast
Measure ingredients into baking pan of bread machine in the order listed above. Insert pan into bread maker and select Dough Cycle.
Preheat Oven to 400F (200C). If using a pizza stone have it in oven warming up.
When cycle complete remove dough to lightly floured surface; cover with a large bowl and let rest 15 minutes. Seperate into 4 (for 4 pizzas although this is enough dough for 5 pizzas) and roll out dough or press into pizza pan. Place pizza pan into oven or dough onto pizza stone to prebake.
Note the dough does tend to bubble, sometimes. To stop air pressure build up poke a few times all over with a fork (like a pie crust).
Partially bake pizza crust in oven for about 10 minutes. Take out of oven, let cool slightly for little hands and start makin your pizzas to your liking.
Once ready we bake them again just until cheese starts to melt and bottom is nicely browned approx. 10 minutes. Spread with your choice of toppings.
Kids pizza below (with a thicker crust).