Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Homemade Frozen Pizzas by the Bundle

First off I just want to acknowledge that this is post #1111 on The American Homemaker!  Cool, huh?

Homemade pizza is amazing, but can be a lot of work compared to ordering pizza or tossing a frozen one in the oven.  By making a large batch of dough all at once you can make your own frozen pizzas that taste fabulous, but take no prep time on cooking day!  This recipe will make four regular size pizzas or you can make individual pizzas if that's what your family prefers and you'll get more than four!  Homemade frozen pizzas are a great meal to take to people as well!  Who doesn't like pizza?  I like to start making pizzas in the late afternoon and then serve the last one or two as dinner!  Dinner now and dinner another day!  You could also just freeze the crusts if you like and top later.

Pizza Crust

2 TBSP yeast
3 c. warm water
7-8 c. flour (whole wheat also works great)
1/3 c. oil
1 ½ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp sugar

 In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in remaining ingredients adding flour until it makes a nice smooth, but not-too-dry dough.  Cover and let rise until double.  Stretch dough onto a cornmeal-sprinkled pizza pans. Leave the dough covered until you're ready to put it on the pan.  If it rises again, that's ok!  Bake each crust at 475 for 5 minutes.

For pizza right now:
Top your partially baked crust with sauce, toppings and cheese.  Bake at 475 another 5-10 minutes until crust is done and cheesy is hot and bubbly.

For frozen pizzas:
Place your partially baked crust onto tin foil cut long enough to wrap around the pizza.  Add the sauce and toppings. Cover the whole pizza with tin foil. You can add plastic wrap around that if you like for extra protection against freezer burn. Carefully place the pizza flat to freeze. Once frozen you can stand it up on its side.

To cook after freezing, do not thaw. Remove from freezer, unwrap, place on your pizza pan and bake at 475 checking after 15 minutes.

My kids asked if they could eat their individual pizzas in the living room... I thought they wanted to watch a show or something, but when I walked in this is what I saw... One kid lounging on the couch and the other hiding in the corner.  They're odd ones for sure!!!

1 comment:

Elaine Newell said...

I never usually have enough left over to freeze. We always eat all of it in hours.