by Jenn Not long ago, it got to a point where when the door bell rang, the boys assumed it was the pizza guy. Not good. As well, Paul's weekend lunch was often a frozen pizza.
I started noticing how much they cost and how much it was a waste of money for not great tasting and very unhealthy pizza. As I was researching Freezer Cooking, I discovered how easy it was to prepare and make your own Freezer Pizza's. If you have a bread maker and a desire to cut down on your pizza costs, then keep reading!
So, what I do to make Frozen Pizzas is actually pretty simple. First, I prepare my pizza dough in my bread maker. Here is the recipe I use:
Bread Maker Pizza Dough Makes 3 12" pizzas
- 1 1/2 cups beer or water
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
- 4 1/4 cups white flour
- 2 teaspoons yeast
Place ingredients in bread maker in order listed. Set your bread maker to the dough setting and press start. It takes my machine about 2 hours to make the dough. If you happen to not be around when it finishes, it isn't really a big deal. Please don't freak out if your dough rises to the point of lifting the lid of the bread maker open. :D All you need to do is pat it back down with floured hands. It will be fine!
Preheat your oven to 500 F. Divide dough into 3 equal balls. Roll out each ball into a 12" circle and place on a pizza stone or pan. Bake crusts for about 3 minutes. This will par bake the crust so that it has some form to it. Place on cooling rack once finished. Let cool completely.
Now you have two choices. You can either freeze the crusts and then top and cook them when you are ready to eat them, or, you can top them right away and then freeze. I do the second option. It makes getting dinner on the table quicker when we are home from work late. Which ever option you choose, the next step is the same. Tightly wrap the pizza in plastic wrap, squeezing out any air, then wrap in tin foil. Label your pizzas and throw them in your freezer.
When you are ready to enjoy your pizza, take it out of the freezer. Top your pizza if needed. Preheat oven to 400 F. Bake for 10-15 minutes until crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly. Put the par baked pizza crust directly on the oven rack unless you're using a pizza stone.
Jenn is mom to five-year old Jacob and two and a half year old Zachary.