Last weekend we hosted an coloring party at our home! We provided several adult coloring books which have become wildly popular over the past year, especially since Christmas time. Our guests colored Secret Gardens, Enchanted Forests, and amazing Kaleidoscopes with ink pens, colored pencils, and crayons! I made a bunch of pizzas to help everyone connect even more with their inner children.
I am just so pleased that this “adult coloring” fad has spread like wild fire. I just love it! I’ve been going through phases of coloring in coloring books, painting, or drawing as a way to relax and be present since I was in high school. If this is an obsession it’s one that I’m completely ok with having. The fact that it’s catching on means I have more options to express my coloring catharsis and more people to practice it with!
Do you remember having sleep overs at friends’ houses and ordering pizza and staying up all night being silly children? Well I do and I believe there’s no reason adults can’t do it too. So I made pizzas for my friends.
Guys, I’m not going to try to claim this pizza dough recipe as my own because pizza dough is pizza dough…there’s some things that you just don’t have to mess with. I made two batches of Martha Stewart’s Basic Pizza Dough Recipe which produces a nice thick crust which is not too chewy and crispy around the edges.
Some notes on this recipe and the video
My dough came out much drier than the dough in the video. It was more like a shaggy floury mass than a big glob, so I just kneaded a bit (2-3 minutes) by hand to distribute the liquid ingredients into the dry and set them aside to rise. I also let them rise way more than an hour (because, hey…I’m a mom, we get distracted sometimes) and they turned out fine. If, like me, you get easily distracted just punch them down and knead a bit more after they’ve risen. Finally, I only made 2 pizzas out of one batch of dough because I was feeding several people, but cutting each batch into fourths for personal pizzas is kind of adorable, so give it a try!
As far as toppings go, I have one option below using white turnips sourced from my CSA box from Green Gate Farms, but get creative! Make your favorite pizza! Make the pizza you would eat if there were no rules and then color until your little heart’s content and rock out to your favorite music (I recommend a Disney Pandora Station!). Pizza and coloring is all about making your inner child happy. Seriously, I’m not joking. I hope you try it and enjoy yourself!
Martha’s Basic Pizza Dough (adapted by Cook With Haley)
- 2 Packets active dry yeast
- 1 ½ Cups, warm water (110 degrees)
- 2 Tablespoons white sugar
- ¼ Cup olive oil, plus more for bowl
- 2 Teaspoons kosher salt
- 4 Cups bread flour, leveled with knife, plus more for work surface
- Pour warm water into a large bowl, sprinkle in yeast and whisk gently to deistribute. Let stand for 5 minutes to bloom the yeast, 5 minutes.
- Whisk sugar, oil, and salt into the yeast mixture. Add flour and stir with a wooden spoon until dough comes together. Switch to working with your hands and move dough to work surface. Knead dough for about 3 minutes until it becomes more of a solid mass than a shaggy mass.
- Transfer to an oiled bowl and spread additional oil over the entire surface of the dough. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place (I use the proof setting of my oven) until dough doubles in size, about 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
- Turn the risen dough out on a lightly floured work surface, cut in 2 using the back of a knife or a bench scraper, and gently knead 1 or 2 times. Roll dough out using a rolling pin or gently stretch with your hands (making a fist and resting the dough on top of your knuckles helps).
- Place dough on a lightly oiled baking sheet and allow to rise again for a thicker crust (about 10 minutes). Top with desired sauce and toppings and bake in a 500 degree oven for about 20 minutes, until crust is golden brown and cooked through completely.
Note: your yeast may get “foamy” during the bloom step; this is expected. My yeast did not get foamy, but my dough rose as expected.
White Turnip and Pickled Artichoke Heart Pizza
This week I received white turnips in my CSA box from Green Gate Farms. These turnips were deliciously sweet, but also very juicy. I could almost eat them like an apple. This made them turn a bit mushy when roasted whole, but it made them perfect to slice thing and add to a homemade vegetarian pizza! Try this combination or others below!
- 1 Cup Marinara Sauce, jar or homemade
- ¼ Teaspoon Kosher Salt
- ¼ Teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ Teaspoon Dried oregano
- ¼ Cup Pickled artichoke hearts, chopped
- 1 small onion, sliced
- 1 ¼ Cup Shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 large ball fresh mozzarella cheese, torn
- ½ Cup White turnips, sliced thin with a mandolin (more turnips can be used if desired)
- Using the back of a spoon or ladle spread marinara sauce evenly over risen pizza dough. Sprinkle salt, pepper, oregano, and artichoke hearts evenly over sauce.
- Spread shredded and torn mozzarella evenly over artichokes and seasonings. Layer turnips and onions evenly over cheese.
- Follow baking instructions above.