I tried my hand at Anita's bread and pizza because Anita and James shared their bread recipe with me. I decided to 'have a go' and make a pizza first and then bake a couple of bread loaves! It was SUPER tasty and quick and easy to make!
Read on to See How My Bread and Pizza Turned out... :-)
UPDATE: Anita asked me how the pizza making went, and I told her to have a look at the page you're reading now... and she kindly pointed out that I had not followed her directions—see below!
Anita uses non-stick parchment paper!!! I DO WISH I'd read that earlier. She cuts paper to fit the baking stone, puts the dough on it and lets it rest for 20 minutes THEN Anita bakes the EMPTY crust for about 2 to 3 minutes... and then removes the parchment paper from underneath the crust.
Remember to add the water here in the oven—and I need to add here: be careful what container you use as I shattered my Pyrex glass dish due to NOT having water in it and letting it heat up empty (sigh) so now I've got a tin-foil pie crust pan in there for the water!
NOW it's time to add the toppings after the crust has finished baking. I can't wait to report back to let you know how the spatula remedy worked this time!
My hubby just walked by and said "that was your baseline pizza Susan!" :-) Also, Anita says to add the sauce first, then the cheeses, then the toppings! I'll get it right next time! Look here! I did it right this time: Anita's Pizza Take-Two!
Here's the dough. See pictures below, just after mixing and then two hours later.
Anita kindly shared her bread recipe! Check out Anita's hubby James' newfound passion: he modifies campers!
The photo above shows the rolled out dough for the pizza crust, then the spatula dusted with ground-up oatmeal, and then the crust with the edges rolled in to keep the sauce from rolling out!
Almost ready for the oven! Just need to add three cheeses: about 4 oz. of grated medium Cheddar, maybe 2 oz. of grated Parmesan, and about 3 oz. of Mozzarella. This is what I had on hand in the 'fridge.
I put lots of homemade sauce, with some re-hydrated peppers, and mushrooms on the pastry BEFORE I added the cheese. Of course, you can use fresh peppers and mushrooms too! :-)
Into the oven it went... with a bit of a battle, but eventually I won. But it wasn't a pretty sight. And the photo on the right (above) is what it looked like 20 minutes later!
My husband had all that for his lunch—he deserved it, though. He'd been out mowing the grass for hours on end. I ate the scrunched/messed up part from forcing it OFF the darned spatula... I'm not brave enough to show that mess here! :-)
Here's Anita's bread, and I wrote and asked her if I should have kneaded the bread at all? Answer: "No"—so how easy is that? She said to just "mix it well, and then let it sit for two hours."
Even I can do that!
Here is the bread after its two-hour wait, then lightly floured on top so I could score it. It's now ready for the oven! I decided to "bake" the stone for a short while so it could get really warmed up.
Please note: I only used HALF of the ingredient amounts from Anita's recipe, as it was my first time making it. (Half the ingredient amounts made this one loaf AND the pizza! Yummy.)
If you're on the low-carb bandwagon (disclaimer: I am! See my sister-site Finally-Keto), then you'll be ecstatic to know that ThinSlim Foods have a super-delicious zero net carb pizza crust. At only 360 calories for the whole dang crust (not sayin' you should eat a whole pizza, but you could!), hubby and I were content with sharing the pie.
Check out this easy-peasy Keto Pizza pie recipe!
Make sure to use a reduced-sugar tomato sauce base.
I used this Marinara sauce brand called TableJoy... with just 3 total sugars equating to 4 net carbs per 125g serving ~ (total carbs 6 minus 2g dietary fiber = 4 net carbs).
TIP: Rub your dry crust with olive oil. Lightly dust with Badia all-seasoning. Add sauce, cheese, and meats. Bake. Eat. Enjoy.
Disclaimer: Should you buy the pizza crust from the ThinSlim foods link above, I may earn a wee commission. Your purchase helps keep me in coconut coffee pods ~ many thanks!
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