Thank You for the comments and emails in my earlier post. I am in a good head space this year. I decided that when I said goodbye to 2011 that 2012 would be a better year. It doesn’t mean I wont be sad about not being a mother/parent, but the good stuff far outweighs the negatives. :-) As many of you pointed out, Mike and I get to do the fun stuff and create some awesome memories and be the cool Aunty and Uncle to our nieces and nephews and our friends children and that in itself is a wonderful thing.
Towards the end of last year I decided that I wanted to focus on making more food from scratch and get back to basics with food. So in January I challenged myself to make pizza dough and not buying a base. I know I can hear some of your groaning, that I have never done this before. One of the reasons we bought pre made pizza bases was convenience, and secondly a phobia about using yeast. I had no problem using yeast in the bread maker as the machine does all the work for me. While I know that I could use the bread maker or my kitchen mixer which has a dough hook, to aid me in making the pizza base, I wanted to make the base by hand.
A search on Mrs Cakes blog was helpful and I used the recipe she shared on her blog here. The recipe was easy and I have now made this recipe several times. The first time we made the recipe we made quite thick bases, which while I found great I found it quite heavy. Since then I have halved the recipe and made two thinner bases, or made the full recipe and made four thinner bases and used half and frozen the other half.
Last night Mike and I celebrated the “weather bomb” with homemade pizza base and pizza sauce and raided our fridge using leftovers for toppings. Of course no pizza is complete without a few glasses of Pinot Noir . So tell me, do you make your own pizza base?