Monthly Archives: May 2016

Prosciutto Ricotta Pizza

Last week I shared a delicious whole wheat pizza crust recipe. Now I’m finally getting around to sharing what I put on it!

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 Tada!

My husband & I first had this delicious combination in Italy. You have not had ricotta cheese until you’ve had it fresh in Italy. It’s been 2 years and I still think about it. Ever since, this has become our favorite pizza combo. Naturally, it was our first choice of toppings for my first homemade pizza crust.

It’s nothing too complicated. You start with the standard pizza sauce & shredded mozzarella & then add prosciutto slices & spoonfuls of ricotta. To make it even more delicious I added black pepper, oregano, and crushed garlic. Pro tip: you don’t have to peel garlic if you’re going to use a garlic press!

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I don’t have a pizza stone, so I just baked it on an old cookie sheet in the oven at 500 degrees (that’s as hot as my oven gets) for 12-15 minutes.

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I didn’t try this, but for a crispier bake it for less time on the cookie sheet & then put it directly on the rack for the last few minutes.

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I will definitely try that tip next time.

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Now we don’t have to go out to a fancy Italian place to get this awesome pizza!

Prosciutto Ricotta Pizza

 

  • pizza dough, rolled out
  • olive oil
  • pizza sauce
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • prosciutto slices
  • ricotta cheese
  • crushed garlic
  • black pepper
  • oregano
  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Brush the edge of the pizza crust with olive oil
  2. Spread pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese on the crust. Place pieces of prosciutto spoonfuls of ricotta cheese all over the pizza.Sprinkle crushed garlic, black pepper, and oregano all over.
  3. Bake for 12-15 minutes using cookie sheet or pizza stone.
  4. Cut, serve & enjoy!

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

I experienced some firsts with this recipe: first time using the dough hook on my KitchenAid mixer, first time ever using yeast, & first time using my new pizza & pastry roller!

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My friend Beth has pizza every Friday. I love her life! She almost always makes it from scratch, & after enjoying some of her awesome pizzas myself, I asked for the recipe.

She shared that it’s from one of her favorite cookbooks: Brown Eggs and Jam Jars.

This dough was really easy to make, even for a yeast novice like me. I halved the original – if I messed this up I didn’t want to waste like 5 cups of flour! – & used ‘regular’ flours instead of bread flour. The results were wonderful. The dough calls for honey, but it is not an overly sweet crust, so don’t omit it.

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I had to Google how yeast is supposed to look when ‘foamy’ to make sure I was doing it right. I think I nailed it!

After the yeast is foamy, I added all other ingredients & kneaded for about 5 minutes. I had to add a splash of water at the end because not all of the flour had combined, so use your judgement until you get a nice ball of pizza dough.

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 Before rising…

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After!

I let the dough rise for 45 minutes, per the original recipe. You want your dough ball to double in size. Then comes the most fun step – you punch down the dough!

The original recipe makes four 16″ pizzas, but I halved it so I split my dough ball in half & froze what I wasn’t using that day.

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I don’t have a pizza stone, so I just baked my pizza on an old cookie sheet.

The pizza came out AWESOME!

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Stay tuned for part 2, where I’ll tell ya what I put on it!

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

Adapted from Brown Eggs & Jam Jars

Makes two 16″ pizzas

  • 1/4 cup warm water (110-120 degrees F)
  • 1 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cool water
  • 1/8 cup olive oil + more for oiling a large bowl
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp salt
  1. In a stand mixer bowl, combine yeast & warm water until the yeast dissolves. Let sit for about 5 minutes, until foamy.
  2. Add all other ingredients. Using dough hook, knead for 5 minutes, until dough is fully combines & smooth. Add more cool water 1 tsp at a time if necessary.
  3. Place dough in a large oiled bowl & cover with a towel. Allow dough to rise for 45 minutes, until dough doubles in size.
  4. Punch down the dough & divide in half. Roll out the portion(s) you want to use.
  5. Freeze an unused dough ball for up to 3 months. Let frozen dough thaw for 8-12 hours & let rise before rolling out & using.

We Love The Beach

I have had this post in my draft box for over a year, but today’s prompt from The Daily Post finally made me finish it & hit publish!


We love the beach.

We don’t go as often as people from South Florida should, but nonetheless we love it.

We’ve had many special memories at the beach.

Going to Orange Beach, AL for Memorial Day has become a family tradition on my mother-in-law’s side & we look forward to it every year.

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Going with our friends is always a fun time – even more so now with their baby!

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The beach has a special meaning to us because we’ve had a lot of relationship milestones there:

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First date October 2012.

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2013

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1 year dating anniversary beach weekend, October 2013.

It’s where we got engaged May 8, 2014.

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(photo taken some time after engagement)

It’s where we ended our 1 year wedding anniversary date.

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Isla Morada, December 2015.

The beach allows us to be silly together…

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2015

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…and it teaches us important life lessons (like sunscreen EXPIRES).

The beach is a place we feel comfortable. The smells, sights, & sounds are all very soothing. God really knows what he’s doing.

At our wedding we did a sand ceremony. Half of the sand we used was from Ft. Lauderdale beach, taken from right where we got engaged.

Sand Ceremony Christmas Red Wedding

Maybe the beach holds a special place in our hearts because one of our first photos together was taken at the beach, at night, 8 or so years before we ever looked at each other as more than friends.

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High School Homecoming, 2004.

I’m glad we live less than 30 minutes away from the beach.

Here’s to many, many more beach days & nights with my wonderful husband!