For as long as I can remember, Friday night has been pizza night in our home. A few years ago I got tired of the delivery options and decided to try the pizza dough recipe my mom had told me about. What’s better is this recipe came in my KitchenAid cookbook, which means you can make pizza dough in your KitchenAid. I have a feeling people from the old country would frown on this modern method, but I love it. (Recipe below)
It didn’t take long for Friday night to turn into pizza night around here. It was catchy and we all love pizza. Knowing one day a week we have a set aside family date gives us all something to look forward to.
How do family traditions strengthen your family? No matter how hectic a day my husband has at the office, he knows come Friday night he gets to share one of his favorite meals with his favorite people. And, no matter what kind of day my kids have at school, they know they will be safe at home come Friday night. They will feel warmth, love, fun, laughter and acceptance. (Most of the time…)
This tradition also helps my husband and me build equity in our relationships with our kids. This is especially important as they get older and life takes some new twists and turns.
Kitchenaid Pizza Dough
1 (1/4 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1/2 teaspoon salt (I often use garlic salt and add dried Italian herbs to the flour)
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 1/2-3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1. Dissolve yeast in warm water in warmed bowl.
2. Add salt, olive oil, and 2 1/2 cup flour.
3. Attach bowl and dough hook, turn to speed 2 and mix 1 minute.
4. Continuing on speed 2, add remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until dough clings to dough hook and cleans sides of bowl. Knead on speed 2 for 2 minutes.
5. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top.
6. Cover, let rise in warm place until doubled in bulk (about 1 hour).
7. Punch dough down.
8. Brush 14 inch pizza pan with oil.
9. Press dough across bottom of pan forming collar around edge to hold filling. Top with fillings and bake at 450°F for 15 to 20 minutes.
Note: I have been making calzones from this recipe and they are wonderful!
Does your family have a standing date or meal? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.