Thursday, February 24, 2011

Make-Ahead Pizza Crusts

I'm sure you've noticed that for the past several months I've spent little time blogging about recipes and such. While I've been focusing on quitting smoking, I've elected to spend less time on my computer and more time reading. In the past three months I've read no less than 30 books and have now developed a serious case of reader's wrist (it's like tennis elbow but with less calorie burn.) Whoever came up with the whole "Hooked on Phonics" thing most likely didn't know that there would be people out there who would take that concept literally and spend day after day after day reading anything they could get their hands on. When I found myself reading the back label of the toilet cleaner bottle, I realized I had a problem. Another day, another rehab. But I digress.

Anyway, even though I haven't been blogging as frequently, I've still been busy in the kitchen. This week I made a huge batch of homemade kolaches to bring to the kids when we visit them this weekend.

I also made them pizza crusts. I've tried just giving them the dough in the past, but evidently that was a little challenging for them so I decided to par-bake the crusts for them this time.

Kellen wanted 100% whole wheat crusts and Wes and Heather wanted half white/half whole wheat so I made two different batches.

After baking them for about eight minutes on a parchment covered pizza stone, I let them cool completely, then wrapped them individually in plastic wrap.

Then I stacked them and wrapped them securely in foil before freezing them.

I'm going to remember this trick for when I have my next pizza party. It'll take away much of the stress by having the crusts already made and only having to top and finish the baking process during the party. Good idea, eh?

19 comments:

The Mom Chef said...

You may not be blogging as much, but when you do you sure pack a punch. I LOVE this idea. I'll need to go back and get the recipes, but I'm definitely going to be using your freezing style. Bravo!

Julie said...

What lucky kids to have such a great Mom to bring them homemade pizza crust! Enjoy your visit!

Kat said...

Being addicted to reading is much better than being addicted to nicotine. Good for you!!! I am very proud of you. I know how hard it is.
The make ahead dough is something I will for sure make a note of around football season.

Nanan said...

You need to treat yourself to a Kindle! LOVE mine - easier on the wrists! And the books are cheaper!
Your pizza crusts look like they were made by pros!!!!! Mine turn out all wonky all the time hehehehe. And those little stuffed bun thingies {which this Cajun lady just can't pronounce to save her life} are making me drool!!!!!!

Frieda said...

This is a GREAT idea! Although, for my kids,(and hubby) I'd need to write baking instructions on it too...

Yes, I agree with Nanan, you should celebrate 100 days of no smoking with a Kindle! or a Nook...

Trish said...

how did you get them so perfectly shaped? I have been doing this, as I am obsessed with pizza. I make the crusts small enough to fit in a gallon size ziploc bag which I can then reuse (you know, that whole 'plastic never degrades' thing).

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

You are the quintessential Mom! I make thin crust pizza and just freeze them uncooked. But never thought to par-cook them. I might have to try that! I bet it might work for flatbreads for a party. Parcook the crust. I think you are on to something.

Abby said...

Love the par-baking idea...genius!

Velva said...

I was going to ask you how you were doing with your quit smoking efforts. You did not mention if you have conquered it, but cheers to you for continuing to forge ahead in your efforts.

I am also loving these"mom" gifts of love. I cannot think of anything nicer. Your pizza crusts and your kolaches (sp?) was made with a lot of love. Awesome.

Velva

Anonymous said...

MOM! (well, youre not my mom but i def wish you were!)

great idea! ill make good use of it! thanks for sharing!

June said...

What an absolutely super idea to par bake the pizza crusts...like your own Boboli but better! I'm going to copy! Thirty books - geez you put me to shame. I check out 4 at a time from the library and it takes me 6 weeks to read them. Go figure. I'm with Lea, you deserve a Kindle!

Pam said...

I read on a Kindle, so I probably have even less calorie burn.

Sue said...

What a good mom you are, Mags!

Shelby said...

I got a chuckle out of you reading the back of the toilet bowl cleaner...lol. Maybe because I've caught myself doing the same thing and know why. ;o) ha!

Love the premade crusts as gifts for your kids! Also love how the mom in you does what she can to please them with their different wants!

Karen said...

I'm big on reading labels! Great idea for the crusts. Wish I was close enough to my daughter so I could just make them and run them down the road to her. I remember reading about the kolaches here before. Think I'll make them for our dinner tonite.

stephchows said...

You are one AWESOME mom! So sweet of you! :) Any books you'd suggest that were your favs? I'm always looking for something new to read!

Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food said...

I've been missing your posts and was beginning to wonder if you were OK. More than OK I see. Well done Mags on trying to kick the cigarette habit, which (from my experience) is one of the hardest addictions of all to leave behind.

Wish I'd caught your very useful recipe last week when it came out. We have loads of ripe tomatoes in our garden now and I've been making pizza, and fresh pizza dough, every second or third night for dinner.

Amanda said...

Glad to know you are still around AND that kicking the cig habit is still in force :) I've been meaning to parbake my crusts too but haven't had the freezer space to keep them. Great idea!

Aggie said...

this is great! you are such a nice mom!!