Wine & Pizza

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I spent way too much time picking out a bottle of wine for tonight. I really can’t help myself sometimes. I love the variety of pretty, colorful, and unique labels. They get me every time! And I’m always attracted to the same types of labels:

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Ones with pictures of dogs.

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References to cake.

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Clever humor.

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And just fun, vibrant colors.

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It doesn’t take much to get my attention sometimes! 😉

Luckily, I ended up picking a wonderful bottle of white wine. Even still, you’d think I’d learn my lesson by now: don’t judge a bottle by its label. There are so many great wines out there that have ugly labels and vice versa. More than once, I’ve been “tricked” by an attractive label on a bottle that has icky wine inside. It’s always such a bummer when that happens.

How do you select a new bottle of wine? Does the label influence your choice?

Spelt Pizza Crust

I’m so excited! I made my own pizza crust!!! :mrgreen:

I’ve always been afraid to make my own pizza dough– kneading, rising, and yeast? It sounded like a lot of work to me. Well, compared to buying a Boboli crust or Stop & Shop-brand dough at the grocery store, it is a lot of work. But, making pizza dough from scratch was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be!

I used this recipe for Amazing Whole Wheat Pizza Crust, but I substituted spelt flour for the whole wheat and all-purpose flour. I swear, making this pizza crust was not hard. It was just a bit time-consuming. Here’s what I did:

In a large bowl, I dissolved 1 teaspoon of sugar in 1.5 cups of warm water. I sprinkled in 1 tablespoon of active dry yeast (found in the baking section at the grocery store) and let it stand for about 10 minutes. Then, I stirred in 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of sea salt, and 2 tablespoons of Garlic Gold into the yeast mixture. Next, I slowly stirred in 3 cups of spelt flour.

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Once the dough started to come together, it tipped it out of the bowl onto the counter top, which was floured with the remaining 1/2 cup of spelt flour. I kneaded it until all of the flour was absorbed and the ball of dough became smooth, about 10 minutes.

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Next, I placed the dough in an oiled bowl (I coated it with cooking spray) and covered it loosely with a towel, and let it stand in a warm place until it doubled in size, about 1 hour. (I had a load of laundry in the dryer, so I put the covered bowl on top of it and closed the door to the laundry room.)

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When the dough doubled in size, I tipped it out of the bowl onto a lightly floured countertop and formed it into a tight ball.

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Then, I let it rise for about 45 minutes. It got much bigger!

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Time to cook the pizza! 😀

I preheated the oven to 425*F and rolled the dough out onto a greased baking sheet.

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Then, I topped it with pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella, chopped green bell pepper, onions, and black olives. I baked the pizza for 20 minutes in the oven.

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While the pizza cooked, I poured myself a glass of wine! 😉

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The pizza was done when the crust was crisp and golden at the edges and the cheese was melted.

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Holy yum!!! I will probably never buy a pizza crust again!

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There’s so much good TV on tonight! My butt is glued to the couch for the rest of the evening.

Good night, folks! 😀

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79 Comments

  1. Wow – that pizza looks amazing! I just made pizza crust for the first time, and was surprised by how simple it is!
    Wine… I never buy anything with a cutesy name… I don’t know why – in my mind I think it will taste bad!

  2. that pizza looks impressive.
    I am the same way with wine. I would much rather pick it out by the label because they are so creative but most of the time the label gets ya because the wine is not as good as you think.

  3. No way. I just scooped up spelt flour from the store on the basis that it was the last package and Angela from OSG has been enticing me to try it for so long. Maybe this is what I’ll use it for! This sounds like a good weekend project!

  4. I don’t know how I JUST found you!? I love this.. your pizza looks fabulous. When picking out a wine I definitely am drawn to attractive labels and silly names! You never know until you try though right?!

  5. I finally tackled pizza crust a few months ago and it was great! So inspiring! I thought “I am going to do this like once a month”, that hasn’t exactly happened but this post is a good reminder. 🙂

  6. I have NO CLUE how to pick a wine. But my method for learning is to pick a type (currently cabernet sauvignon), a region (california), and a price ($10). This helps narrow it down a lot and then I at least now which of those wines I like. And then I’ll switch regions and compare. It’s pretty fun.
    And I’ve actually had Cupcake’s CS–it’s pretty darn good, if you like a lighter, but still bodied red.

  7. Whoa! that ‘za looks delicious : ) I like to use puff pastry sheets for pizza dough – just poke over the surface with a fork so that it lays flat and flaky instead of big and puffy.

  8. someone gave me the “Mommy’s Time Out” as a shower gift, I thought it was hilarious. Now that I’m overdue, I hope I actually get to drink it soon!

  9. Homemade pizza is a staple in my house. It’s so much better than pizza from anywhere else!

    You can save yourself some time by using a food processor. I just pour the water/yeast/sugar/EVOO mixture into the food processor and it forms a dough ball. Then, I let that rise for about an hour and roll it out with some flour and put it onto the baking sheet. It’s a pain to clean the food processor, but a lot less work, I think! 🙂

  10. When in doubt, pick the best label! My fiance is the manager of a huge wine store and he says this is actually not such a bad strategy! He says it is much better than picking a wine based on price…

    (PS – Pomelo is the BEST!)

  11. I am quite lucky in that our small local store has a pretty decent wine section. Trouble is that means I spned ages browsing (dithering in other words)and the nine times out of ten I will end up buying the same botttle of cheap German stuff.

  12. Mommy’s Time Out is one of my favorites, and the Pomelo wine as well. I’m fortunate enough to live on the NH border, so the stuff is pretty cheap as well!

  13. i made this pizza crust tonight. it was my FIRST TIME EVER working with yeast. this dough came out absolutely amazing. highly HIGHLY recommend!!! thank you for posting this Tina!

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