Later this afternoon I’ll set my bread maker to “Dough” and away we’ll go. Children will gather and we will measure ingredients and get the dough mixing. Later, they’ll oil the pan, roll and stretch the dough, spread the sauce, sprinkle the cheese, and add the toppings. It is an easy task for little helping hands and they love to watch the pizza puff and bake in the oven. These are simple delights in our kitchen, but ones I hope they’ll remember. I especially love that this is becoming a set Friday tradition to finish off the week and make it special. Later, when Daddy is home, we’ll pull out the pizza and sit together to eat it while watching a family movie.
We are still “consuming” in many senses of the word, but doing so while enjoying each other, laughing and spending relaxed time together, and feasting on our pizza-making labors. For my husband and me, it offers the chance for us to put up our feet after a long week of work. We have an excuse to sit with our children, to share common interests, and give them snuggles and physical time many of them need. Friday nights are slowly becoming family traditions to which we all look forward.
Have a breadmaker or mixer? Join us–I’ve included a dough recipe below. Don’t have one? Buy a store-made crust and see what interesting pizza toppings your crew can come up with. Whatever you do, do it together; that’s the beauty of family traditions. Thank Goodness It’s Friday!
1 ½ cups water
1 ½ Tbs olive oil
3 ¾ cups bread flour
1 ½ Tbs sugar
1 ½ tsp salt
2 tsp rapid rise yeast (or 1 ½ tsp regular yeast)
Mix together in a standing mixer or add to bread maker on the “dough” setting.
(h/t to Queen Bee)