I made Calzones... and you can too!

I won't turn this into a foodie blog, I promise. These were such a hit and you should try them. Yarnsmith says so. :) You do have to make your own crust, but it is not that scary, I promise.

Pizza Dough (makes 2 regular crusts, or 4 calzones) [I got this recipe from Katherine who had the original recipe and tweaked it. I tweaked it further to this point.]

Preheat oven to 450.

2 pkg yeast (4 t.), mix together with 1 1/4 c. warm water. Let sit 5 minutes.

Mix together the dry ingredients:
4 c. flour (I usually use 3 cups white flour, and 1 cup of whole wheat or spelt flour)
2 t. salt
2 t. sugar
1 t. onion powder
2 t. garlic powder (you can use fresh garlic too - we like a lot of garlic, so you could ease back.)
2 t. red pepper flakes (this is probably too much for you, but it's not for my kids.)

Pour in the yeast mixture and 1/4 c. oil. Mix together.

Knead, let rise 15-20 minutes.

If you're making crusts, cut dough in half and roll out two crusts. Pierce with fork several times. Put in oven for 4 minutes. Put toppings on and bake again until done.

If you're making calzones, cut dough into 4 pieces and roll out oval-ish crusts. Fill with pretty much whatever sounds good. I made pizza ones. I used a pre-made pizza sauce, a handful of shredded mozerella and spicy sausage.

Bake for 10 (?) minutes. I've never timed it, but I do the pizzas and calzones until they are golden brown on the edges.


lisa said...

you lost me at 2 packets of yeast. lisa

Megan said...

Om nom nom nom

Katherine said...

I'm so glad they turned out for you! I'd like to try ham and cheese sometime too. And of course, pizza!

The McEvil One said...

That's one massive looking calzone...

Dustin, Nikki, Madison and Sage said...

Looks delicious! We just may have to try it ourselves. Loved your post about H's letter to you. It is so encouraging. Every resource that has been recommended for us to read has given us worse case scenarios about adopting older children. And while we are trying to be as realistic as possible, it was so cool to see H express himself on paper.


Anonymous said...

Okay... do you have any recollection of baking grandma's famous crust for apple pies with me? You are dredging up my utter failures as a baker. Thanks a lot. Well, at least someone in the fam got the cooking genes.
How did she infuse them with that Menthol smoky added flavor???
God love her. Speaking of holiday pies, are you coming to Michigan... ever? I know you are busy, but come on, we need you!!! Don't forget the baked goods! j/k Jules

Yarnsmith said...

Julie, I do remember baking pies with you and your mom. I remember because you guys were trying to make Grandma's crust, and I made my mom's (much easier) crust.

Maybe the cigarette smoke and drinking made more of a difference in the baking than we thought. :)

I miss you too!