Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Daring Baker's Challenge: Pizza 3 ways... Breakfast, Dinner and Happy Hour!

This month's Daring Baker challenge involved experimenting with the Basic Pizza Dough from Peter Reinhart's The Bread Baker's Apprentice. It was a fun challenge, and my family enjoyed the month-long pizza recipe trials.

Since I already have a go-to pizza crust recipe that is very simple, I found the directions for this one to be rather long and overwhelming. That being said, I trudged through and was actually happy with the results. The recipe turns out 6 balls of dough that can be frozen to make whenever the pizza-mood strikes. Since we like our crust a little on the thick side, I separated my dough into 3 portions instead.

The dough is meant to sit in the refrigerator overnight. The following day, you take a ball of dough out of the fridge and flatten it into a 5-inch circle to rest for 2 hours.

The dough then becomes pliable and relaxed enough to stretch out gently on the tops of your hands.

And then you begin tossing it into the air until it's stretched out into the desired size and shape for your pizza. This was the fun part. The whole family cracked up as I frantically tried to catch the dough that I had tossed high into the air. It really did work. The dough stretched out nicely as it was tossed, forming the shape needed for my pizza.

PIZZA EXPERIMENT #1: Pizza for Breakfast

There's a deli near our house that serves up Scrambled Egg Pizza in the mornings. It's fabulous, so I attempted to replicate it with this Sausage and Scrambled Egg Pizza. It wasn't an exact match, but it was fabulous nonetheless. Chunky salsa acts as the sauce on this pizza, and then it's topped with crumbled sausage, lightly scrambled eggs and cheese. Sour cream is scooped on top of each slice. It made for a terrific brunch on a Sunday morning.

PIZZA EXPERIMENT #2: Pizza for Happy Hour

Grilling pizza has been on my list of things to do for a long time now. I always thought the dough would stick to the grill and be a big mess, and that it would be too much trouble. Not the case here- it didn't stick at all. This dough worked great on the grill for Blue Cheese and Pear Pizza. The dough is tossed onto the lightly greased grill for a couple of minutes, brushed with olive oil and then flipped and brushed again. I split the dough in two to create a couple of smaller pizzas. A simple layer of sliced ripe pears and a sprinkle of blue cheese given time for a quick melt, and this was an excellent Happy Hour treat to accompany chilled white wine.

PIZZA EXPERIMENT #3: Pizza for Dinner

Since I had separated my dough into larger portions, I had more dough to play with for this one. I opted to create a pizza pie inspired by one I had seen on Picky Palate: Ricotta and Vegetable Stuffed Pizza Pie. The dough is pressed into the bottom of a springform pan, and topped with ricotta, desired veggies and cheese. It's then topped with another layer of pizza dough and baked into a pie. The result is similar to a calzone.

The slices cut very cleanly.

We topped ours with a bit of marinara sauce while my little guy opted for a spoonful of Ranch dressing. This was one delicious dinner!

My thoughts about this crust recipe? It was really excellent. And I liked having dough in the freezer that I could take out to make for a quick dinner. I'm quite attached to my go-to crust recipe, which is a Whole Wheat Pizza Dough, but I might still opt to make this one once in a while.

Thank you to Rosa's Yummy Yums for hosting this month's challenge.

Click titles below to find recipes for:
Basic Pizza Dough
Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
Sausage & Scrambled Egg Pizza
Blue Cheese & Pear Pizza
Ricotta & Vegetable Stuffed Pizza Pie

82 comments:

Snooky doodle said...

WOW FANTASTIC PIZZAS . I LIKE THE PHOTO OF THE FLYING PIZZA :-) I M HUNGRY NOW :)

Rhyleysgranny said...

Your selection of pizzas looks amazing. I love the tossing pic.

HoneyB said...

Your pizzas are awesome! I love your post!

Culinarywannabe said...

Love the scrambled egg pizza. I would eat that for dinner as well!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Great toss! Look at those pizza's too! Great job Lori, love them all!

Sarah said...

i love breakfast pizza! what a great idea!

Adam said...

Nice pizza toss! The mid-air shot is super cool :)

I think they are all awesome, but my vote goes for the Bfast pizza, start the day off like Tony the Tiger... Grrreat

Lisa said...

Wow, love your selections!

Sara said...

Your pizza looks great! I have this book but haven't made the pizza dough from it.

Barbara Bakes said...

Ohhhh - a breakfast pizza sounds wonderful!

Heather said...

ohhh wow! lovely flying dough picture! i don't know what my favorite one is... they all look so good!

Ivy said...

What gorgeous looking pizzas! Really tempting! You did a great job here!

giz said...

great shots. you really went to the next step didn't you - looks fantastic.

Dana McCauley said...

Great ideas - I love the idea of happy hour. In fact, I could use a happy day. If only my liver agreed!

Bunny Trails said...

Oh my, I am SO wanting pizza now. I LOVE these recipes. What unique ways to present pizza. How can you go wrong with warm, gooey pizza? Now, I just have to figure out a recipe for the dough that is yummy and wheat free.... wish me luck!

Pat said...

WOW! All your pizzas look absolutely delicious! I am very impressed with the stuffed pizza you made --what a nice meal a slice of that that makes!

Love your blog too -- glad to have found you through this challenge! I'm going to try your whole wheat recipe as I like to use whole grains whenever I can. Thanks!

Maria said...

I love all of your pizzas! A fun filled day!! Great photos too!

Stacey Snacks said...

Two points, delicious pizza aside:

1. Love the Black Dog t-shirt on your pizza maker from Martha's Vineyard, and........

2. THAT PHOTO OF THE FLYING DOUGH IS MY FAVORITE!@!!!!!

Stacey

Passionate About Baking said...

What a great array & what happy pizzas indeed. I'm envious of the flying base...great great toss-up!!

Gretchen Noelle said...

The pizza pie looks delicious! And I was so thinking of doing a breakfast pizza of sorts. Wonderful job. I should have gone with the 3 parts instead of all 6, I may have been happier in the end.

Rosie said...

All your selection of pizzas look stunning!! Great D.B. post - well done :)

Rosie x

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Great job on the challenge. Love the pie!!!

familiabencomo said...

Great job! I love all the variety you have here - 3 totally different ways to bake & prepare pizza. I'm with you, I still enjoy my go-to recipe better, but it's nice to try something new. Excellent job on the toss. Mine never was tossed properly.

xoxox Amy

Manggy said...

Omigosh, good job on the toss! When I tried it the crust stuck to itself and came down a sad clump. I am a bad catcher, apparently! And now you've made a stuffed pizza too! Not only is your dough flying, so are you, it seems! :)

Patsyk said...

What delicious looking pizzas! I may have to try this pizza dough since it can be frozen. Well worth the time to put it together!

Mary Ann said...

Your pizzas all look fabulous! I was going to do a breakfast one, but ran out of dough balls. I love your stuffed pizza! Yummy!

Katrina said...

They all look YUMMY!

Marisa said...

All of those pizzas sounds amazing! I love the pizza for breakfast recipe and idea--I'll for sure be trying that out!

Aggie said...

OH your pizzas sound fabulous! I am drooling over here! Love the shot of the dough up in the air!

Carrie said...

Hi! I've been checking out a lot of food blogs over the past few weeks, and your recipes are some of the most creative I've seen. Thanks so much!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Holy, moly! Those are each and everyone over the top ideas. Makes my breakfast pizza look plain!
And your dinner pizza . . . well, I've got to try that one!
Great toss!

CookiePie said...

Great pizzas! I love all three!

Elra said...

Wow, look at the flying dough, it's very pretty indeed.
Your pizza look mighty delicious. Breakfast pizza sounds so intriguing. I am hungry now!

Ingrid said...

Good job thinking outside of the box with regards to what to do and how to top the pizza dough! It all looks good.
~ingrid

noble pig said...

I love all of them, especially the pizza pie idea...I can only imagine how good it was!

Dawn said...

You are soooooooo talented chicklet. I can't tell you enough how much all these pizzas look amazing.
We need to get you your own show on Food TV. Stat!

lisaiscooking said...

The pizza pie is calling my name! Really, they all are, but I haven't had thick crust pizza for a long time.

melissa said...

This is the 6th DB post I've looked at today and I have to say I am blown away by yours. The breakfast pizza is brilliant, but I LOVE the dinner pie even more. I get spinach pie from a place near me and I can't get enough of it.

Seriously, outstanding job!!

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

So very impressive - Love all your creative concoctions!! They are wonderful.. Your pictures are kickass..

Nicole said...

Any way you cut it, top it or dish it up, breakfast, lunch or dinner, I loooove pizza. And yours look great. I can't believe you were able to toss the dough up! Every time I try it lands horribly and tears and makes a mess!

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

What magnificent choices for your pizza. Was that you tossing the pizza up in the air? You did great! You're such a good cook. I bet there's nothing you can't cook or bake. Great job Lori.

Cakespy said...

AMAZING! You rock, Recipegirl!!!

PS--I see a Black Dog t-shirt! My Aunt used to work at their Edgartown location!

Psychgrad said...

Thanks for the great variety of pizzas. Looks like you did a fantastic job. I too would be concerned about grilling pizza - butam intrigued, now that you say that it didn't stick.

Lesley said...

I love all the ideas you have for one recipe. Excellent! The breakfast pizza was my favorite.

Veronica said...

Nice pizza toss! I'm loving the stuffed pizza-it looks delicious.

Lori said...

THey all look amazing but I will take a piece of the stuffed one to go. Nice job!

Nicole said...

Your pizzas look great! I've been wanting to try pizza on the grill for quite a while. Since it worked for you, maybe I'll give it a try next time!

jillian said...

Very creative pizzas! I really like the idea of the breakfast pizza!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

All your pizzas look excellent. I love the flying dough picture!

Sandy Smith said...

Your pizzas are just gorgeous. I especially love the stuffed pizza w/ ricotta and veggies - looks amazing!

Regina said...

Great idea to make a "stuffed" pizza! It looks like it makes for a hearty meal.

Zoe Francois said...

That stuffed pizza is over the top gorgeous!!!

kellypea said...

You really went all out, didn't you? Nice. I think the thing I like best about pizza is that I can make it different each and every week that I make it. Fun challenge, wasn't it? I love the flying dough.

That Girl said...

Growing up we used to go to Disney World every year. Until this moment I completely forgot that one of the trip highlights was having breakfast pizza the food court of the hotel!

Girl Japan said...

Yay, you have a snap for the pizza toss!!! Fabulous job! Oh it sure looks lovely.. what time did you say dinner was?

Tanya said...

Wow! All of your pizzas look fantastic! I love the double crust one. Great work!

Prudy said...

Hubba, hubba, they all sound delicious, right down to your boy's ranch smothered one. The tossing! You nailed it!

Prudy said...

Hubba, hubba, they all sound delicious, right down to your boy's ranch smothered one. The tossing! You nailed it!

VeggieGirl said...

Oh my goodness, I ADORE all of your pizza varieties - nice work!!!

Grace said...

awesome action shot!
each of your creations are fabulous, but the one catching my eye is the double-crusted pie. i'm such a sucker for crust. in fact, i cringe when people leave the crusts on their plates. cringe. :)

Jennifer said...

I feel like everyone is making pizza lately!!! Great post :)

P.S. I'm writing my post for today right now & am mentioning your candy corn cookies :)Def check it out

Meg said...

What a fabulous collection of pizzas. YUM!

capitolagirl said...

Great Pizzas! I love reading your blog so much that I gave your blog an Uber-Amazing Award:
http://www.capitolagirl.com/2008/10/thanks-for-uber-amazing-blog-award.html

Mark Boxshus "Cookie Doctor" said...

Lori

All three of these look great. The last version reminds me of the quick casserole I whipped up using refrigerated dinner rolls

"Doc"

Julie said...

Wow! You really went all out for this challenge. The scrambled egg topped pizza is genius. Nice Black Dog apron--one of my favorite places!

Jessie said...

Oh yum! Love the pizza three ways! The stuffed one is brilliant. And the breakfast one! What a great idea.

And excellent picture of that toss!

+Jessie
a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

Nina Timm said...

As always you take the challenge just that much further.....I am amazed at your talent! Love the apron...

Robin Sue said...

Whoa that last photo of the stuffed pizza is great. I love stuffed pizza. Now I don't think that I could toss the dough for fear it would land on my head!

Doreen said...

Wow..this looks wonderful..I will definitely have to give this a try.

hot garlic said...

Glad you had more success than I did! I agree, having it be flexible with time is a plus, mine just wasn't good though!

Claire said...

Looks great! ALl three so different. I didn't get to do the challenge this month because of my schedule but can't wait for the next.

Bunny said...

Great toss!! I loved what you did with each of your pizzas, they all look mouth watering!! Great job!

Maggie said...

Great picture of the dough in midair! The stuffed pie looks awesome what a fun idea!

Mary Coleman said...

Grand job. Love the idea of the breakfast pizza. Groom will enjoy that!!!

Cakebrain said...

Mmm! nice toppings/fillings! I love pizza any way any day! Your dinner pizza is especially yummy looking!

creampuff said...

Hi ... not sure if my last comment made it through but if not, I just wanted to say fabulous pizza!

The Peanut Butter Boy said...

Incredible pizzas, what amazing creativity. I really want to make some breakfast pizza now. Maybe something that's good cold too so it's great on the go.

Hannah said...

How creative! That stuffed pizza looks especially good, sort of like a pizza sandwich.

Katie Barlow said...

MMMMMM....pizza for breakfast! YUM!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Wow, wow, wow! 3 times wow for your pizzas! Loved the flying dough and al your choices! What a pie!

Deborah said...

They all look so great! I've never had a breakfast pizza like that, so I'm thinking I want to try that with some of the dough in my freezer!

cook eat FRET said...

a perfect day. 3 pizza's...