Saturday, October 3, 2009

All Squared Up

All my half square triangles are squared up to exactly 4.5"! Tedious, but will make for a more pleasant sewing experience, when I get the time to sew all these lovelies together. I think I'll be going with layout "C" per all the great comments I received. I really value your thoughts and ideas because Lord knows I'm not as creative as half ya'll!

Who makes a mean homemade (insert FOOD here) that most normal people order out for or buy pre-made? I make pizza from scratch most Sunday nights for dinner. Crust and all. Sometimes I use cast iron skillets to bake them in, sometimes I use a pizza stone. I let Justin decide :-)
Whats your specialty? Sushi, Pad Thai, veggie burgers? Mmm Sushi, I can't have sushi right now unfortunatley due to my condition. Blah.

**Here's my pizza recipe if you want to try it out**


1 c. warm water (about 100 degrees F)
1 t. sugar
1 packet or 2 t. dry active yeast
2 Tablespoons EVOO
2 1/4 c. flour
1 t salt (optional)

In medium mixing bowl dissolve yeast & sugar in 1 cup warm water. After yeast raises ( i.e. layer of froth on top, about 5 minutes)
add salt, oil & flour.
Mix by hand until dough is completely mixed. Let dough rest for 5-10 minutes, covered with a towel. Kneed dough again then spread on pizza stone, pizza pan, or buttered iron skillet. Add all your favourite toppings...

Bake at 400 F until crust is slightly brown on top... and cheese is bubbly ;-)

If water is too hot or too cold - the yeast will not rise - at all.
Grease metal pizza pan, or if using a pizza stone, sprinkle about 3 T corn meal on it so pizza doesn't stick.
Before spreading dough out on pan - drizzle the dough with a bit of EVOO so it doesn't stick to your fingers.

Always make final topping on pizza a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning. YUM!


Stephanie said...

Wow!!! Those pizza's look delicious!!! I've been wanting to try cooking a pizza in a skillet in the stove or on a grill, but haven't tried it yet. Now I really need to try it! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Buzz's Food Lady said...

Have you tried pizza on the charcoal grill? It's my favorite.

My baking book says that if the water is cold, the yeast will just take longer to rise, but hot water can kill the yeast. : )

Mary said...

Wow! I haven't cooked pizza in a cast iron skillet since I was in college. I had forgotten how good it is. Thanks for the reminder. Sunday night it will be!

Katie B. said...

I've never seen pizza in a cast-iron skillet! How does that affect the crust? Extra crispy?

I'm eating a Digiorno while I type this and feeling a tad inadequate.

Blue Is Bleu said...

I always get annoyed halfway through squaring up my blocks but I'm always glad I did when I start sewing! Necessary evil :)

Those pizzas look good! I don't eat a lot of pizza but I do like the kind you make. I cannot stand that greasy nonsense that passes for pizza.

Leslie said...

aaah that pizza looks so yummy! thanks for sharing your recipe!!! your blocks look so pretty all stacked pretty. i can not wait to see it together.

Quilts on Bastings said...

It does get tedious squaring up all those small blocks, however, it does make for a quilt that goes together beautifully.

Yummy looking pizza!

Morgan said...

Ugh, I SO want a cast iron skillet. I was anemic in my last pregnancy and the dr. recommended using a cast iron skillet to boost my iron. Seeing that you can make pizza in it only makes me want to buy one even more! One of these days I will do it.

Congrats in getting your squares squared up perfectly!

Cheryl Arkison said...

Yeah for layout C! I'm doing a workshop in progress post tonight, so I will be sure to highlight your process.

beth said...

That pizza looks soooo good! I'm going to have to try that one! and I agree with trimming all those blocks...tedious, but so helpful when it comes time to sew!

glenna said...

I make homemade pizza too. Recently I acquired a pizza stone.

Do you preheat your skillet or stone in the oven? I like a crisp crust.

I read somewhere to preheat the stone.... but that sounds like a burn accident waiting to happen.

amandajean said...

i never knew you could bake pizza in a cast iron pan. i will have to try that!!!

amandajean said...

Ok, I'm back to tell you that I finally tried I'm hooked! Love the results. :)