Most of you know that I do a little cake decorating on the side. I usually just do this for people I know and I am usually pretty careful about who I say yes to. I have said NO many times! I said yes to some Prom cupcakes after a friend gave my number to someone. But.......I also said yes to teaching my small group girls how to make cake pops on Wednesday evening....
They did turn out adorable, but I had quite a bit left to finish yesterday so I could clean that all up and get on with my other tasks. Because I said yes to something else too...
Another cake. Here is a hint as to what it is going to be. I am working on a template that will hopefully make things go more smoothly tomorrow.
Cake is a lot more time consuming then most people understand. From emails and phone calls deciding what people want, to getting all the ingredients, making the cakes, making the frosting, coloring the frosting, making and coloring fondant, and actually constructing cakes or cupcakes it is a lot!!!! So when you get charged $75.00 for a cake know that it is worth it and probably more. In fact when I charge that much for a three tiered cake that takes me about 15 hours to complete and around $35.00 to make I am making diddly squat. There is NO MONEY in cake. Cupcakes are a little better since they come with less stress but these were fancy prom cupcakes.
Into a bowl place 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour, 1/4 cup white flour, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1 tbsp. yeast. (That was a little more than one packet for me.) Stir that well. Just a note on the white flour. You know I am against white flour but you need just a little for the gluten. I will try it with white whole wheat flour at some point.
Add 3/4 cup very hot water to the mixture and stir until it comes together. Take it out and knead the dough for about a minute. Let it rest. You only need to let it rest a little bit while you gather up your toppings.
I actually made two recipes of this for the kids to have their own but we actually like a quite thin crust and I think it might be possible to get away with one recipe.
I loved this crust so much not only because it is so quick but because it rolls out with a rolling pin so nicely. Just flour your surface and roll it out.
For the grown up pizza I made a nice edge, poked holes with a fork to prevent air bubbles and topped it with olive oil and oregano. I then cooked this for about 5 minutes on the pizza stone I had in the oven getting all hot to help make a crispy crust!
I used this cake lifting tool as a pizza peel to get my pizza in and out of the oven onto the pizza stone. You don't have to have a pizza stone but it sure makes a difference with the crust. I also like to put a little corn meal on the pizza stone to prevent sticking and for the flavor it adds to the pizza.
Hot out of the oven dripping with Friday night goodness!
I did polish off 3 pieces of it no problem! I washed it down with this...
I love Hansen's sodas and the ingredient list is not too bad. I really try to only drink pop when I am having pizza at home or when we eat out which is usually only once a week. Sometimes I don't even have it then! Pop has problems.
For the kids I kept it simple with just a tiny bit of pepperoni for Evan and cheese for Faith. I swear that girl and meat are not friends! She was switched at birth.
This was kind of a medium sized thickness for the crust and next time I will roll it thinner for sure or I will try to get away with just one recipe.
There you have it. Pretty quick and simple recipe for sure. I am still working on a more involved recipe that you have to let rise but that I could make ahead and keep in the freezer or fridge for those nights when I just can't think of anything else!
Now can someone please come take me out to dinner! I have to use all the rest of my energy to fulfill my last cake obligation tonight and tomorrow.
From Kristen in Her Kitchen