My husband and I are both students and our schedules are pretty crazy. They are crazy because we are gone a lot and because our schedules are never consistent. When we got married last year we wanted to try to make sure our Sunday night meals would be spent together (if possible) and that the dinner would be something special–special to us that is. It started off as “Cutie Movie & Pizza Night!” Yes, we most definitely named it this. If you know us, often times we are referred to at the “cuties”. This is because for some reason the nickname just stuck for us–yeah, yeah, I know what you are thinking. But all couples have those weird nicknames for each other, it just so happens that everyone knows ours!
Anyways, once the school year started, the movie night on Sundays quickly fell through–but the pizza stuck. We almost always make the pizza homemade and add our own toppings. We agree on the same pizza toppings–except those awful black olives that my husband can eat by the can.
Since we were married, we almost always consistently had cutie pizza night on Sundays. But when I was sick in the fall/winter and had to go gluten-free for about 9 weeks (to test for intolerance/sensitivity), the pizza nights fell through. The first Sunday I was gluten-free we tried a gluten-free crust. Although it looked great–nice and fluffy–it was
disgusting less than great. Needless to say, we didn’t have Sunday night pizza the rest of those 9 weeks.
Thankfully, I am not gluten-intolerant and we can go back to our yummy, gluten filled pizza crusts again. We usually use a whole-wheat rosemary garlic pizza crust, but the other day we decided to try this new recipe I found on pintrest. The crust is nice and thick (the way we like it!) and has a very subtle sweetness to it. My husband prefers this crust over the rosemary so I decided to share this one with you first with the rosemary crust to come when we make it next.
So cuddle up on your chosen night of the week and create you own “cutie pizza” personalized to you and your cutie.
“Cutie Pizza” Crust
Recipe Adapted from: I Dig Pintrest
- 1 cup milk, warmed
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1/3 cup warm water
- 1 tablespoon yeast
- 3 – 3 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Olive oil
- Cornmeal (for the pizza stone)
If using a pizza stone (which I recommend!), sprinkle cornmeal on the stone to prevent the sticking of the dough.
In a large, microwave-safe bowl, combine the warm water and yeast and let it sit approximately 5 minutes, until the mixture looks frothy. Next, warm the milk in the microwave for about 45 seconds. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Add the milk mixture to the yeast mixture and stir.
Add 2 cups of flour and stir. Add another 1/2 of a cup at a time and knead. Continue to add flour until it reaches the desired stickiness. The dough should be slightly sticky, but not too sticky that you won’t be able to roll it out. Let the dough rest for about 10 minutes.
Next, roll out your dough to your desired size–or enough to fill the area of the pizza stone. Form an outer crust, if desired, by folding the edge of the dough over and pressing with a fork.
Brush the crust with olive oil and sprinkle on the garlic powder. Add desired toppings.
Bake at 400 degrees for approximately 20 minutes, keeping an eye on the crust, until the crust is golden brown.
Slice you pizza and enjoy your own little pizza night!!