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:
Ones with pictures of dogs.
References to cake.
And just fun, vibrant colors.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.)
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.
Then, I let it rise for about 45 minutes. It got much bigger!
Time to cook the pizza! 😀
I preheated the oven to 425*F and rolled the dough out onto a greased baking sheet.
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.
While the pizza cooked, I poured myself a glass of wine! 😉
The pizza was done when the crust was crisp and golden at the edges and the cheese was melted.
Holy yum!!! I will probably never buy a pizza crust again!
There’s so much good TV on tonight! My butt is glued to the couch for the rest of the evening.
Good night, folks! 😀