My blog for this month was Karen's Kitchen Stories. Unsurprisingly, it's written by a lady named Karen, and Karen has been blogging since 2012. She's a member of multiple online cooking groups and really likes to bake bread! Her blog has many tempting recipes. I chose Grandma Pizza, but Yukon Gold Potato Wedges, Peanut Butter Whirligigs, Buffalo Chicken Baked Mac & Cheese, and Rosemary, Cayenne, and Brown Sugar Cashews all called out to me. My original plan was actually to make the buffalo mac and cheese, but I had to change plans. I will still make it sometime soon, along with the cashews for Christmas.
So, Grandma Pizza. I had never heard of it, but it sure looked and sounded good. It's a rather rustic looking style of pizza, always rectangular or square, that has just recently become popular in restaurants in some areas, seemingly in the northeastern part of the US. This particular version has a make ahead pizza crust (convenient!). No fancy toppings for this one, just fresh basil. My pizza didn't get the basil because I was headed out of town the next day and wouldn't have been able to use up the rest of the package of basil before I left. No regrets over choosing this for my last SRC, it was great and I'll make it again for sure!
1 tsp instant yeast (this is a specific kind!)
3 C bread flour
1 tsp kosher salt
1 1/4 C lukewarm water
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 C crushed tomatoes
4 oz sliced or grated mozzarella
sliced fresh basil to taste
Mix first 4 ingredients in a large bowl (I used my stand mixer) until it comes together. It will look shaggy and ugly, that's okay. Pour the oil into a gallon Ziploc bag and swirl it around to coat the inside. Put the dough wad into the bag and seal it. Refrigerate overnight or for 2 days (I did 2 days).
Preheat oven to 375 and plop the dough wad, complete with olive oil, onto a 9 by 13 rimmed metal baking pan. Squish the dough into a rectangle with your fingers. The dough may be stubborn since it's cold, but just keep trying. sprinkle the tomatoes over the dough, leaving a 1/2 inch edge, then sprinkle the cheese over top. Sprinkle the basil over the cheese.
Bake the pizza until the cheese is bubbly and a bit browned and the bottom is crisp, about 30 minutes.