Day 5 of The $35 Challenge sees me a tad tired of coming home from work and having no choice but to make dinner (and tomorrow’s lunch) from scratch. Don’t get me wrong, I cook dinner at least 5 days a week but sometimes that could be just grilling a steak or making a salad. I haven’t chopped this many veggies on a regular basis since I was vegetarian.

I’ve been saving a treat for later in the week, knowing that we were going to get sick of veg-heavy meals. Maybe it wasn’t a great idea as piza is a bit labour intensive, but I sucked it up and got on with it. This meal is the ultimate in frugality- it takes one portion of pizza dough (care of The Australian Women’s Weekly) and divides it into three so-thin-you-can-cut-them-with-scissors pizzas.

Fancy Pants Pizza
(makes 3 pizzas, serves 4)

2 teaspoons (7g) dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
¾ cup (180ml) warm water
2 cups (300g) plain flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil

Combine yeast, sugar and water in a small bowl. Cover, stand in a warm place for about 10 minutes or until very frothy. I usually have to put it in my oven on its lowest setting.

Put flour and salt into a large bowl; stir in all other ingredients with your hands. Mix to a soft, sticky dough.

Knead dough for 10 minutes/until smooth and elastic. Oil the bowl you mixed the dough in and place the dough in. Cover with cling wrap, stand in a warm place for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 250◦c/220◦c fan forced (I have a pizza stone in mine). Punch down the dough, knead until smooth and then separate into three even balls. Let sit for 10-15 minutes.

Roll out one of the balls, place on greeaseproof paper and top as desired. Don’t go nuts on the toppings or you’ll weigh your pizza down. Place the pizza, on the paper either on the bottom of your oven, the baking rack in the oven or on a pizza stone if you have one.

Tip: Each pizza should take less than 15 minutes to cook. Keep an eye on it or it will burn! Be sure to leave about 10 minutes between pizzas to reheat the oven properly.

What’s you fave homemade treat?

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10 Responses to Day 5 – Treat yourself

  1. Laura says:

    Looks delicious! Pictures are great too.

    Pizza is a great homemade treat. It’s probably my favourite.

    Laura x
    Laura recently posted…Porridge: How Do You Eat Yours?

    • Lau says:

      I know! I ate some frozen pizza the other day as it was on special for like, $3. So not worth it, doesn’t even come close to home made. They could be completely different foods!

  2. Gaby says:

    Homemade bread with olive oil and salt used to be my favourite treat. Now probably nut butters.
    Gaby recently posted…Paleo BBQ

  3. Donna says:

    Treat yo self!

  4. Hehe what a cute name. And I can imagine how lovely it would feel to have a treat like this at the end of the week :)
    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella recently posted…Haunted House Cupcakes

  5. A friend of mine who’s a baker of sourdough bread and pizza advocates the use of scissors for cutting up pizza – a sure sign it’s thin and crispy!
    Rita (mademoiselle délicieuse) recently posted…Sugar Hit: Shangri-La

    • Lau says:

      I use scissors in the kitchen all the time! I really should buy some proper kitchen shears though, not least so that my scissors aren’t always covered in food…

  6. Jo says:

    That pizza looks delish! Thanks for sharing the recipe, I have been looking for a pizza dough recipe to try.
    The $35 challenge could be something for our family to try???
    Jo recently posted…peas and beans

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