by Justin Ely
Up until recently, every Saturday night my mother would bake a warm, cheesy homemade pizza. My siblings and I would gather around the tv, each of us holding a plate with one or two slices of pizza on it. My Mom’s homemade pizza smelled so perfectly seasoned and rich, you could smell it from outside the front door. We then had to agree on what type of movie we wanted to watch, which was almost never a short event. My two big sisters and I hardly ever agreed on the genre– one of us chose a animated comedy, while the other wanted an action movie. But no matter the movie choice, our mom’s pizza brought us together.
My mother would bring out the flour and other dry ingredients. Then she proceeded to mix all the dry substances, add all the liquids, then knead them all together until it was a big, thick dough ball. She would then roll out the ball until it looks like a big, flat pancake. The final steps included painting on a bountiful, yet smooth, layer of tomato sauce on the top of the dough and the sprinkling of a handful of mozzarella cheese. After twenty-five minutes in the oven, the final product is a steaming, fluffy, perfect homemade pizza that warms your heart.
So many weekend memories were created with this dish. Anyone who ever visited us on movie night always had a memorable experience. Recently though, my mother has developed an allergy to gluten, so we have not been able to eat her homemade pizza in two or three years. As of the past year or so, my two sisters have moved out of the house, so we have aren’t able to share family movie night like we have had in the past, but those memories of movie night, with Mom’s pizza as the main attraction, will always be with my family and me.
Mom’s Pizza Dough
2 ½ c. whole wheat flour
1 c. warm water
2 T. olive oil
1 teas. Salt
1 teas. Yeast
1 T honey
Mix together dry ingredients, Add liquids all at once. Stir, and then knead together until it’s a soft, pliable ball. Let rise about an hour. Punch down and let rise thirty minutes. Roll onto pizza stone. Top with favorite toppings. Bake at 385 for about 25 minutes.
This post was written by Jesse Conrad