Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Heart Shaped Pizza for Valentine's Day

If you are staying home for Valentine's Day and want a fun, kid-friendly idea for dinner, try my easy pizza recipe and shape the dough into the shape of a heart.  Since we don't eat at restaurants as often as most families, we have learned over the years to make eating at home fun.  The kids never seem to mind.  Jack, my son with allergies, especially appreciates staying home, since he understands that it's safer.  We do have a couple of favorite restaurants that I have become more comfortable with trusting that we can get a safe meal.  But, for the most part, we enjoy home.  Aside from avoiding allergies, eating at home is also a great way to save money in a tough economy, healthier than eating out and an opportunity to spend quality time together, especially on Valentine's Day.

Stay home, have fun making dinner together and pop in a movie or play a favorite board game and enjoy being with your family.  We are making individual heart-shaped pizzas and letting the boys put what they want on for toppings. 

Pizza Dough Recipe:
1 Tablespoon Yeast
1 1/4 cup warm water
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 teaspoon salt
31/4 Cup Flour
Corn Meal

  1. Blend together sugar, salt and flour.
  2. Dissolve yeast in 1 1/4 cup warm water.
  3. Mix yeast and water with sugar, salt and flour mixture.
  4. Kneed dough for about five minutes.
  5. Let dough rise in a greased bowl for about 45 minutes, or until it has doubled in size.
  6. Grease pizza pans.  Sprinkle corn meal lightly over greased pan.
  7. Divide dough and spread onto greased pizza pans.
  8. Put desired toppings on pizza.
  9. Bake at 450 degrees for about 12 minutes.
Other alternative toppings for pizza:  Try a Hawaiian pizza with sliced pineapple and ham, or vegetables and chicken instead of pepperoni.

Enjoy and Happy Valentine's Day~