Pizza is always a favorite meal at our house and we have become big fans of making our own so we can customize it exactly the way we like.
While toppings are important, I think the crust can make or break the pizza so I was happy to be part of developing our Upper Crust Fresh Pizza Dough that we sell at Festival Foods. We have perfected this recipe and can honestly say it makes one of the best crusts you will ever eat. We have both white and wheat available and both of them have surprisingly good nutrition facts.
The directions are on the container, I prefer to bake mine for 8-10 minutes before adding the toppings, if you do this be sure to puncture the crust with a fork a few times so it doesn’t rise too much!
My favorite is Italian sausage, mozzarella cheese, and spinach but you can do whatever you like. In fact, my teenage daughter loaded the dough with sliced hot dogs, cheddar cheese, salsa, and ground almonds. She rolled it up and baked until golden brown. She and her friends loved it! This dough can be used for calzones, turnovers, or even dessert. Here is a great recipe for an apple dessert pizza.
Preparation Time: 15 min
Baking Time: 30 minutes. Serves: 8
1 container Festival Foods pizza dough, white or wheat
2 tbsp butter, melted
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
3 cups thinly sliced peeled apples such as Empire, McIntosh, Cortland)
1/4 cup golden raisins or dried cranberries -optional
1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts -optional
1/4 cup semisweet or milk chocolate chips-optional
Press or roll pizza dough into 12-inch circle; place on pizza pan or large baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Brush one-inch edge of dough with a little of the melted butter. In small bowl, mix sugar with cinnamon; sprinkle 1 tbsp over buttered edge.
In medium bowl, toss apples with remaining butter and sugar mixture until well coated. Arrange over dough just inside sugar edging. Bake in 400°F oven for 20 minutes.
Sprinkle with raisins, pecans and chocolate chips; bake for 10 minutes or until apples are tender and edge of dough is lightly browned. Let cool slightly; cut into wedges. If desired, drizzle with cinnamon icing.
Cinnamon Icing: In small bowl, mix 1/2 cup icing sugar with 1/4 tsp cinnamon. Stir in 1 tbsp milk.
Now that you are drooling, you will find this crust in the refrigerated case in the bakery department. It’s on sale this week so pick up some extra as it does freeze well.
Get creative and feel free to share your favorite recipe!