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?
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