Homemade Organic Pizza Crust

I am not a pizza kind of person because I am fussy when it comes to eating pizza
I like my pizza piping hot with thin crispy crust and hot melted cheese that doesn’t stink

When we were in Switzerland, we tasted the best instant pizza
those that you get from supermarket, pop it into the oven and voila

I came back Singapore feeling hopeful
I bought some instant pizza from NTUC and end up throwing everything away
I felt like munching bread coated with cheese

Then recently I got started with bread making and overcome the fear of proofing dough and using yeast

I started experimenting with making my own pizza crust

I tried a few recipes but not all turned out with the thin crispy crust I like

I found out the trick to getting crispier and crunchier crust is to store the dough in the fridge for a few hours before using

I usually make the dough in the morning, allow it to proof for about an hour or two before rolling out half for lunch, keep the other half in the fridge and use it later for dinner

The crust for dinner is often crispier than for lunch

The kids love it especially when they get to dirty their hands

It’s true that they appreciate the food better if they were involved in preparing it

And this crust tastes so good that I don’t mind having my pizza with a thicker or more crust

Recipe for Organic Whole Wheat Pizza Crust

Ingredients
1 tsp organic raw sugar
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 tbsp dry yeast
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
2 cups organic whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups organic unbleached flour

Directions
1. In a  bowl, dissolve sugar in warm water
2. In a large bowl, stir the olive oil, salt and yeast, whole wheat flour and 1 cup of unbleached flour
3. Mix in warm water with a wooden sppon until dough starts to come together
4. In the bowl or on a floured surface, knead until all the flour has been absorbed with the remaining unbleached flour and the ball of dough becomes smooth, about 10 minutes
5. Place the dough in an oiled bowl and turn to coat the surface
6. Cover loosely with a town and let stand in a warm place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes
7. When the dough is doubled, tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into pieces for 2 thin crust, or leave whole to make one thick crust
8. Form into a tight ball. Let rise for about 1/2 hour, until doubled
9. Preheat oven to 220 deg C
10. Roll a ball of dough until it will not stretch any further, pull edges outward to form a circle
11. Spread tomato sauce, leave about 1/2 to 1 inch around the edges
12. Top with favourite toppings (eg. capsicum, mushroom, ham, pineapple, onions, olive)
13. Sprinkle cheese
14. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, depending on thickness, until the crust is crisp and golden at the edges, and cheese is melted

 

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Meet My Toddler’s New Love

A SHOCKING PINK toy stroller

We found this abandoned by the pool the other night
My toddler was thrilled and insisted in bringing it home

For the last few days he has been pushing this thing around the house and everywhere he goes AND with his puppy in it

It is just soooo cute
and it is driving me NUTS

Just the other day, he had a meltdown at the library’s car park when I told him his stroller had to stay in the car

I won eventually after going through a big fight trying to buckle him onto his own stroller
It was so stressful and I was so mad at him

Then one morning while in a hurry to get out of the house, I accidentally broke one of the wheels

So now, besides the unsightly tapes and blue tac that were already there, holding the frame together
It has a broken wheel that is barely hanging on which will come off anytime

Another trigger for tantrum which I dread

I am so gonna get rid of this thing before it falls apart completely
and I am contemplating whether to just toss it into the bin while he is sleeping
but I think it will be wiser to have a backup plan in case he throws fit

Perhaps I should just standby a replacement
Something like this, maybe ?!

 

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Eiffel Tower

The kids love playing with Lego
It is one of those toys that could keep them entertained for hours

They build cars, planes, submarines, ships and whatever they could imagine
Sometimes they would build an extensive city
It is impressive

Unfortunately these fixture seldom last long
They are usually dismantled and broken apart

I almost feel sorry because of the amount of time and effort that were put into each creation
They would have made very good looking display sets instead of just inconspicuous colourful little pieces tossed inside toy boxes

The kids obviously don’t think so and are fine fixing and breaking them
And repeat everything again

..

Except this

I have to admit not so proudly that I built this

It is supposed to be Eiffel Tower
Apart from the playground, this is about the other most ‘creative’ thing I have ever made with Lego

And since the day it was built, it has been standing in Malcolm’s bedroom, on top of his book shelf, amongst his toys, accumulating dust

He guards it like a guardian angel and would put back every single piece if they fall off
He wouldn’t dismantle it even if he runs out of pieces to build something nicer
He treats this eye sore like some kind of precious treasure

He just loves it so much
It is just so silly

Yet sometimes, it is this kind of silliness and uncomplicated love that melts my heart and makes me a happy and contented mom

 

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