15 Minute Pizza Dough is on our summer menu and lives up to the name. This past week, I hosted 6 energetic kiddos for a morning filled with flour and fun! We followed a recipe to make 15 minute Pizza Dough, then kneaded, rolled, and assembled both sweet and savory pizza creations. As we waited on dough to rise, I introduced these little friends to my sweet ones in Zambia, Africa. We talked about what it meant to be an orphan as they sat huddled around me memorizing the photographs that I laid before them. They noticed things that I had not. “Mrs. Ganey, Look! That girl is hoping you will buy something from the lady selling those little bananas. She is hungry.” Another pointed to a young girl and said, “She is feeling shy because you are looking in her eyes.” Another voice chimed in, “Why aren’t you handing out popsicles? It looks hot there, and you always give us popsicles when it is hot.” Note: Always equals twice when you are under the age of 6. 🙂 My favorite statement on Friday came straight from the mouth of a spunky, red-headed boy with flour on the tip of his nose. (St. Francis teachers will know exactly the boy I’m talking about) As he began to take off his shoes, he said, “Here. Can you give them my shoes? I have lots more at home.” Most of the children in the pictures were barefoot. My face broke into a smile as I assured him that I would let his mommy know when we collected the shoes to send to Zambia. “Good.” was his answer, as he turned and joined his friends along with my son, Dean, out on our deck for a popsicle break.
Friends, he didn’t even blink about taking the shoes off of his feet for a child across the world. No one asked him for his shoes. His response was direct and from his heart. It was a natural and logical response to a very real problem. Children are never ready to become orphans. They aren’t prepared to be left alone in the world, facing hunger, and those that would take advantage of them. We (adults) use phrases like, “I’m not ready, or I’ll think about it” a lot when considering whether we could or would give anything, whether it be to a local foster care clothing drive or an orphan across the world. This little guy didn’t think twice about removing the shoes from his feet. Sometimes, God has a way of reminding us of exactly what He is looking for. The good news is we can learn about serving, loving, and giving sacrificially from a child. I’m pretty sure God used one a few times in His Word. Smile.
Now, here is your recipe! It is simple enough for a child to help prepare and perfect for a quick summer supper.
15 Minute Pizza Dough
2 cups + 1/4 cup all purpose flour or 1:1 wheat
1 tbsp instant yeast
1 tsp kosher salt
3 tbsp olive oil
*1 cup hot tap water
*Note: run water over your wrist until it feels just right for a baby’s bath- too hot will kill the yeast; too cold won’t activate it.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Mix the dry ingredients (reserving 1/4 cup of flour) and the wet ingredients separately, then combine. Using a food processor or Ninja-style blender, blend and knead the dough until it forms a ball. Dump dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Add 1/4 cup of flour and knead, by hand, for approximately 5 minutes. Turn a bowl upside down and place it over the dough, creating a dome, and allow dough to rise, covered, for 5 minutes. Stretch, top, and bake at 425 degrees F for 10-15 minutes. Recipe makes 2- 10 inch pizza crusts, if thin, or 1 thick crust. If preferred, you may prebake crust, add toppings, and return to the oven just long enough for cheese to melt and toppings to get hot. Leftover dough? Place it in a zip top bag, remove excess air, and refrigerate until ready to bake.
For Dinner: This light crust is wonderful for a Chicken Margherita Pizza using leftover roasted or grilled chicken, fresh tomato slices, basil leaves, and mozzarella. You can also create a family-friendly pepperoni pizza in minutes. This dough works well for bread sticks or twists. Consider brushing dough with olive oil or melted butter, then sprinkling with a little parmesan before baking for yummy breadsticks. You could even add fresh garlic and some chopped parsley. Use a pizza roller to cut the dough in sticks before baking. (twist, if desired)
For Dessert: We melted chocolate chips to make a chocolate spread for our crust and then added mini marshmallows, banana slices, m&m’s, and other goodies, to create personal dessert pizzas. The children loved them!
Don’t worry! I will let you know when our Zambian shoe drive begins. In the meantime, I’ll be cleaning out our closets and setting gently-used and new shoes aside for those who really need them.
Cooking With What I’ve Got and Thanking God for it,
Katy Foster Ganey
Matthew 18:2-5 The Message (MSG)
2-5 For an answer Jesus called over a child, whom he stood in the middle of the room, and said, “I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom. What’s more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it’s the same as receiving me.