Homemade Pizza

Ever since we got the new camper with a convection microwave, I’ve been wanting to make homemade pizza. 

My first attempt at cauliflower pizza did not turn out so well. The directions said to steam and drain the cauliflower, getting rid of the excess moisture, before grating it and maxing it with cheese and egg and shaping it like a pizza crust. I skipped the steaming and draining part so the “crust” never got crispy enough to hold together. I still want to try it again…  

 
  
After that didn’t work, and I got the Breadmaker, I decided to make actual pizza dough. This time it came out super delicious! I think the only thing I will do differently next time is bake the crust on its own with no toppings for ten minutes or so beforehand, so it gets a little more done without the cheese and toppings getting too brown.  

  

pepperoni, jalapenos, bell peppers and onions

  
And by the way, Allen took his very first blog photos for this post! 😉 Good job babe! 

Here is the recipe I used for the dough:

1.5 pounds: 1/2tsp salt, 3cups all-purpose flour, 1-1/2tsp active dry yeast, 1cup water, 2tbs EVOO, and I added about a tbs of Italian seasoning 

  1. Measure all ingredients into bread pan. 
  2. Select the dough cycle on the breadmaker. 
  3. Pat dough into a 12″ round pizza pan. 
  4. Preheat oven to 400• (I did the convection oven to 375• because you always go 25• lower than the recipe calls for. 
  5. Spread sauce and toppings over dough. 
  6. Bake 15-20 minutes. (I went 30 because the convection oven seems to take longer.)

***As I mentioned before, next time I will bake the crust on its own for about 10minutes THEN add the toppings. OR I could bake it in the regular oven. Since camper ovens are so small, they tend to burn the bottom of everything, since that’s where the heat comes from. We usually try to avoid using it altogether.  But that might be perfect for pizza!

On another note about the camper oven: we discovered in the old camper, before we had a convection oven in our lives, that if you cover the oven rack with aluminum foil, it helps to distribute the heat a little more evenly, but it also takes longer for things to cook. 

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