Creepy Mini Pizzas

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This may only be my second post as a Become a Better Baker Blog Ambassador for ACH Foods, but I already feel like I have conquered my fear of yeast baking. In fact, everything that I was scared would go wrong has not happened. For my Quick Pumpkin Beer Bread, I was nervous that the bread wouldn’t rise, resulting in the longest 45-minute wait of my life. But when all was said and done, I had a fluffy, perfectly leavened loaf of brewer’s bread that was well worth the wait.

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This month, I’m tackling homemade pizza crust. For our monthly pizza posts, Jeff and I have been guilty of buying refrigerated or frozen pizza dough. While it’s convenient, it’s not always all that flavorful. Additionally, it can be super elastic-y to work with, and a tad on the chewy and tough side once it’s baked. If my culinary school memory serves me correctly, I believe that means the gluten was over-developed in the dough. Bad news bears.

Creepy Mini Pizzas - A spooky but delicious Halloween treat for kids of all ages! | foxeslovelemons.com

Using an envelope of Fleischmann’s® Pizza Crust Yeast and building off of this recipe, I was easily able to make eight mini crusts. My main fear while making the pizza dough was that it would be too sticky, and stick to the baking pan when I tried to bake it. That didn’t happen at all! The crusts slid off the baking pan with the greatest of ease. The thing I love about this recipe is that you can half-bake the crusts! You can use a few of them for dinner tonight, and then freeze the rest of the crusts for up to one month. When you’re ready to make a pizza, you just pull a crust out, put the toppings on and finish baking it!

Creepy Mini Pizzas - A spooky but delicious Halloween treat for kids of all ages! | foxeslovelemons.com

And can we just talk about the flavor and texture of this crust? It was the complete opposite of flavorless, tough frozen dough. It had a light yeasty flavor, and it made my house smell like a pizzeria (which is a good thing, in my opinion). It was tender and just lightly chewy – the perfect texture!

Jeff is a Halloween fanatic, so we celebrate the holiday all throughout October. I thought I would surprise him with some creepy Halloween-inspired mini pizzas! Feel free to use the recipe for these mini crusts and then top them whatever toppings (spooky or not) that strike your fancy.

Creepy Mini Pizzas - A spooky but delicious Halloween treat for kids of all ages! | foxeslovelemons.com

 

Creepy Mini Pizzas

Ingredients:

For the Crusts:



  • 1 envelope Fleischmann's® Pizza Crust Yeast OR RapidRise Yeast

  • 3-1/4 to 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided

  • 1-1/2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt

  • 1-1/3 cups very warm water (120 to 130 degrees F) (very warm to the touch)

  • 1/3 cup Mazola® Vegetable Plus! Oil

  • Nonstick cooking spray


For the Toppings:



  • 2 cups pizza sauce

  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

  • Suggested toppings: pepperoni,  bell peppers, olives


Directions:


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In large bowl, stir together yeast, 2 cups flour, sugar and salt. Add water and oil; stir 1 minute or until well blended.

  2. Gradually add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough should form a ball and still be slightly sticky). On floured surface, knead dough 4 minutes or until smooth and elastic, adding additional flour if necessary. Divide dough in 8 portions; place on plate and cover with plastic wrap. (If using RapidRise Yeast, let dough rise at this point for 10 minutes)

  3. Spray two rimmed baking pans with cooking spray. On each pan, use floured hands to pat 2 portions of dough into 8-inch circles. Transfer to oven and bake 7 minutes or until crusts are just set and only lightly browned on the bottoms. Transfer crusts to wire rack to cool. Continue process with remaining 4 portions of dough. At this point, crusts can be used immediately or wrapped and frozen up to 1 month.

  4. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 475 degrees F. Spread each crust with 1/4 cup pizza sauce and sprinkle with 1/2 cup cheese. Use desired toppings to make Halloween designs. Place pizzas on rimmed baking pans and bake 6 to 8 minutes or until cheese is melted and bottom of crusts are browned.


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As a Become a Better Baker Blog Ambassador, this post was sponsored by ACH Foods through their partnership with One2One Network. Posts like this help me pay for the costs associated with this blog (groceries…lots of groceries), and help support me as I pursue a career in recipe development and food photography. All opinions are 100% my own.